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Master of Divinity Degree

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program offers a three-year professional degree with the primary purpose of equipping persons for competent leadership in various forms of ministry in congregations and other faith-based organizations.

The school year is divided into four 10-week terms – Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Each course is worth 5 credit hours and classes are held Tuesday – Saturday and offerings range as follows:

  • Traditional hours – start times generally range between 8:20am and 5:30pm. These courses meet once per week for 4 hours or twice per week for 2 hours. Traditional-hour courses are offered in the Fall and Spring terms only.

  • Non-traditional hours – Theses courses meet one evening per week for 4 hours. We also offer Saturday courses. Non-traditional hour courses are offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer terms.

  • Online – We do not offer an entirely online program; however, we offer several online courses. Online courses are offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer terms.

  • Year-Long – Eight-month courses offered each fall term and that run from September through May, meeting only once per month. Registration for year-long courses is open only in the fall term.

  • Intensives – these course are offered in a given term and run for 1-3 weeks from 9:00am – 5:00pm. Intensive courses are offered in the Winter and Summer terms.

Students are able to take courses in the pattern of study that works best for them while working within the recommended flow as outlined. The School of Theology also offers Non-Classroom Alternatives (see pg. 9 -11 of the program manual for requirements and limitations) as options for completing electives. The Master of Divinity Degree Program requires the completion of 135 quarter hours of credit.

Students must complete three (3) Formation of Ministry Courses: PT 555, 556 and 557. These courses are not electives. The Formation for Ministry Courses are required courses that do not accumulate earned hours. The grade of “S” (satisfactory) denotes course completion and the grade of “U” (unsatisfactory) denotes failure. In total, students must complete 30 courses for this degree program.

Students have the option of enrolling in PT 555 – Formation of Ministry I in the spring or summer term of their junior year.


Pattern of Study

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The type of funding a student is eligible to receive depends on several factors.  All students are therefore asked to complete a need-analysis document known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are encouraged to submit this form early (even before actual admission). If you have questions regarding financial aid please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Financial Aid at (804) 354-5924.


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For more information regarding the Master of Divinity Program or any of our academic programs please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Admissions at 804-257-5724.