Originally Posted by O'Higgins
I have a M.Div........other than personal growth, it was worthless....Not much call for someone who can read Classical Hebrew or Koine Greek.
The standard seminary Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a professional degree awarded upon completing a three year study course, which incudes the languages you mentioned, and demonstrating competence in all practicum training (i.e., Clinical Pastoral Education/Field Experience) and internship assignments, depending upon you church denomination may be anywhere from a few weeks to two years (e.g., Lutheran seminarians must serve be a "student minister" known as a "vicar" for a "vicarage" lasting at least one year and two if assigned to a foreign mission field between Middler and Senior years). That said, assuming you completed all of the requirements for ordination and are still engaged in you chosen church vocation, I don't believe you can say it was "worthless." If you have left church ministry, decided you didn't have a "calling" after all, and are trying to pursue a different secular career, then the M.Div. on resume will stick out like a sore thumb.
As a J.D. in the overcrowd and over glamorized legal profession I have a lot of respect for the success seminaries have had at keeping out multitudes of young college graduates, who just don't really know what to do in life. Such folks, who would never even consider seminary, jump onto the law school bandwagon, keep tuition rates skyrocketing out of control, fund their entire education on loans without any forethought as to how to repay the money, complain when offered a entry level position paying only $25,000.00 as starting salary, and prove to those of us who have been around a few years they have not a clue as to how to handle a case (i.e., I just got finished listening to a gentleman relay how his lawyer, who graduated in 2006, never scheduled an office appointment, told him to fill out the paperwork and "just send it in," met him for first time five minutes before the scheduled hearing, asked no cross examination questions during the proceeding, and, of course, now suffers from an unfavorable decision). At any rate, people pursuing an M.Div. put so much more thought into their career choice and decision than the multitudes seeking the "magic" law degree to help them make a hundred thousand dollars one year after graduating!