Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is the foundational degree for ministry and is required for ordination in many Christian traditions. An M.Div. degree prepares students for ordination or for other professional ministries for which advanced leadership skills are essential. These ministries may include congregational pastor, chaplaincy, campus ministry, spiritual direction, counseling, not-for-profit work, and other community-based ministries.

The M.Div. program combines a framework of academic disciplines—Biblical studies, theology, history, homiletics, liturgics, counseling, and Christian spirituality—with practical ministry experience through required field education. Elements of spiritual, pastoral, and professional development are woven throughout the academic program. Our innovative curriculum features campus-wide interdisci­plinary lectures and personalized tutorial-style teaching models.

Academic Concentrations and Specializations

  • History/Theology
  • Biblical Studies
  • Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care
  • Christian Spirituality

Learning Outcomes

  • Lead and order services of Christian worship
  • Reflect theologically on Christian faith, the Church, and the world
  • Provide pastoral care and spiritual formation for individuals and communities
  • Equip churches and communities for mission and ministry in a multicultural and pluralistic context

Degree Requirements

  • Three years full-time (with the option to add a full-year internship); up to six years part-time
  • 24 courses; 72 units
  • Competence in one Biblical language
  • Field education consisting of Clinical Pastoral Education or a ministry internship