Divinity – Washington, D.C.

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

72 (only offered at our Washington, D.C. location)

Avg. Completion Time

3 years

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Why Earn an MDiv through LBC | Capital?

At the LBC | Capital Washington location, we offer this Master of Divinity (MDiv) program that will provide you with more than just the credentials to get you where you want to go. By the time you graduate from LBC | Capital, you will have spent as many hours preparing for ministry in the 21st century as you will have spent in learning theology and the biblical languages. After all, what good is our ancient faith if we can’t properly teach and reach a modern world, culture and church?

What Makes our Program Different?

Our MDiv combines its Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (providing you with a biblical and theological foundation) with our Master of Arts in Ministry (providing practical ministry training). Additionally, the program is delivered in a blended and accelerated model that allows life-engaged adult learners to complete an advanced degree without uprooting life at home and work. Students participate in a learning community that blends online education with in-class residencies. A typical course is 7 weeks in length and is comprised of 6 weeks of online work and two days of residency.

Course Length

7 weeks

Residency Requirement

2 day residency for every 6-week blended course

Capstone Option

6 credits of field-based experiences

Advancement Standing

Receive up to 12 credits of advanced standing

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Transfer up to 50% of a degree from an outside institution

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Reach out to request more information today, and one of our admissions counselors will connect with you soon to provide further details and answers to your questions.

Program Plan

Master of Divinity (Washington, D.C.) (72 Credits)

Biblical and Theological Studies 12 Credits

Ministry Praxis 6 Credits

Advanced Biblical and Theological Studies 24 Credits

Advanced Ministry Praxis 24 Credits

Field-based Experience 6 Credits

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and complete program details.

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Program Goals – In this program, students will…
  • A foundational knowledge of the narrative, content, and interpretation of the Bible for the purposes of the development of a biblical worldview.
  • The skill sets necessary in effectively communicating the Scriptures.
  • The skills necessary in the process of personal spiritual formation and discipleship of others.
  • The character and competencies necessary to be an authentic servant leader.
  • The skills necessary to study the Bible using the tools of biblical interpretation and language study.
Career Paths

The Master of Divinity program will prepare you for a wide range of service and/or ministry contexts. Here’s just a sampling of careers where our MDiv alumni engage:

  • Pastoral Roles (Children, Youth, Senior, Executive, Associate)
  • Chaplain
  • Ministry Leader
  • Christian Non-Profit Leader
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Church Planter

Customize Your MDiv Studies with a Concentration

By combining the general MDiv plan with one of these concentrations, you can customize your course of study to better meet your educational goals. With the strategic use of available electives, these concentrations provide students with unique opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills within specific domains and disciplines.

These are the concentrations available in Washington.

Bible Exposition

This concentration is designed to prepare the Christian minister to both interpret the Word accurately and communicate the Word relevantly. While heavier weight is given to the interpretive journey in the concentration, ample time is dedicated for the communicative journey.

Students choosing to earn a concentration in Bible Exposition will take the following courses:

  • BIB 535 Introduction to Biblical Preaching (Required)
  • BIB 531 Selected Topics in NT Epistles: Pastoral Epistles (Elective)
  • BIB 551 Applied Hermeneutics: Interpretation of Narrative (Elective)
  • BIB 563 The Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament (Elective)
Christian Apologetics

The basis of Christian Apologetics is to know our beliefs intimately and be able to explain and sometimes defend those beliefs to others, which is especially important as our world becomes more secular.

Students choosing to earn a concentration in Christian Apologetics will take the following courses:

  • APO 540 Christian Apologetics (Required)
  • APO 545 New Testament Issues in Apologetics (Required)
  • APO 510 Philosophy for Apologetics (Elective)
  • APO 515 Old Testament in Apologetics (Elective)
Christian Care

Christian ministry is a matter of the heart. It is interacting with people experiencing a variety of issues and concerns who need care and come to you for help. Often, the sincere and compassionate minister is not sufficiently trained to deal with the many personal, relational and spiritual problems of the adults youth and children they serve.

Students choosing to earn a concentration in Christian Care will take the following courses:

  • CHC 505 Foundations for Christian Care
  • CHC 510 Christian Care of Individuals
  • CHC 511 Christian Care of Individuals Lab (will fulfill an open elective slot)
  • CHC 515 Christian Care of Families
  • CHC 516 Christian Care of Families Lab (will fulfill an available elective slot)
  • CHC 520 Christian Care and Group Process
  • CHC 525 Training Christian Care Givers
Leadership Studies

As part of this concentration, students gain a comprehensive understanding of leadership theory, research and practice from an interdisciplinary perspective, as well as learn how to compare and contrast of leadership procedures within the biblical concept of leadership. Emphasis is placed on character and skills necessary for a servant-leader, group dynamics, supervision and development of other leaders.

Students choosing to earn a concentration in Leadership Studies will take the following courses:

  • LSP 501 Leadership Theory & Practice
  • LSP 502 Development of Organizational Leadership
  • LSP 503 Psychology of Leadership
  • LSP 509 Leadership Style Analysis
Pastoral Studies

LBC | Capital’s Pastoral Studies concentration is grounded in the authority of Scripture and places a strong emphasis developing church leaders to become faithful pastors that lead fruitful churches. From a biblical foundation, students learn about the nature of ministry, discipleship and leadership within the context of the local church.

Students choosing to earn a concentration in Pastoral Studies will take the following courses:

  • Local Church Revitalization
  • Theology, History & Practice of Worship
  • Advanced Homiletics
  • Designing Strategic Models of Adult Discipleship

Meet the Faculty

Esther Zimmerman, PhD
Church & Ministry Leadership Dept. Chair, Children & Family Ministry Program Director
Philip Béna, MA
Associate Professor, Master of Arts and Divinity Christian Care Program Director
Mark Farnham, PhD
Professor, MA in Christian Apologetics Program Director
Douglas Finkbeiner, PhD
Professor and MABS Director
Hans Finzel, DMiss
Adjunct Faculty

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Logos Bible Software Package for Students

Our partnership with Faithlife enables us to provide MDiv students with a Logos Bible Software package worth over $4,000 for a fraction of the cost, which is already built into the cost of this program. LBC | Capital is committed to equipping students with the skillset needed for successful ministry in the 21st century. We believe this includes taking full advantage of the technologies that are relevant and applicable to their context. The LBC | Capital Logos Package combines a custom-designed library of exegetical resources and the powerful tools of Logos Bible Software, which should aid students in being faithful to the biblical text as they navigate the demands of life and ministry.

Looking for Ways to Finance Your Master’s Degree?

LBC’s Financial Aid Office can help you navigate the process.