Focus on ministry

Harvard revamps its M.Div. program
The first class to start and finish Harvard Divinity School’s revised M.Div. program won’t graduate until June, but HDS’s move to tighten degree requirements and bolster ministry studies has already begun to reinvigorate the divinity school, officials say.

“Greek has ballooned,” observed Stephanie Paulsell, professor of the practice of ministry studies, and that has forced HDS to add a class in the subject. Driving the Greek revival is a language requirement that can no longer be evaded by M.Div. students, most of whom begin the three-year program by studying scriptural tongues such as Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic.


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