Master of Divinity

  • 96 credits
  • 3-4 years

The Master of Divinity program assists students in the development of a biblical and theological understanding of ministry
that will undergird a lifelong commitment to serve Christ and His Church. Its structure exposes students to the theological
disciplines that are essential for contemporary ministry, and incorporates a flexibility that recognizes individual needs and
specialized ministry callings.

Overview: Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity program is a masters degree designed primarily as preparation for congregation-based ministries. Our multi-site locations offer students the ability to work through their degree in either a residential or urban ministry format, cohort model, or through distance-learning, online classes that incorporate residential intensives.

Flexibility has been built into the program for a wide variety of areas of concentration. This is made possible by the large segment of core elective and elective hours provided in the program. By using these elective hours, students who desire more intensive training in specialized forms of ministry, such as youth ministry, pastoral counseling, or Christian education, may acquire concentrations in these areas of preparation.


Students may elect to complete a specialization by taking 5 specified courses from one of the following specializations. Those opting for a specialization must declare so within the first 32 hours.

Concentrations include:

  • Church Planting
  • Aging and Spirituality
  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Discipleship
  • Christian Leadership
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Theological Studies
  • Youth Ministry

Program Level Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate ability to interpret Scripture for contemporary settings at a developing level. (Corresponds to Masters Core Goal #1 – Scripture)
  2. Communicate knowledge of Christian theology for catechesis and apologetics, with particular attention to the Wesleyan-holiness tradition at a developing level. (Corresponds to Masters Core Goal #2 – Theology)
  3. Conduct social and cultural analysis for the interpretation of the gospel in contemporary settings at a developing level. (Corresponds to Masters Core Goal #3 – Worldview & Witness)
  4. Practice a Wesleyan understanding of personal and social holiness at a developing level. (Corresponds to Masters Core Goal #4 – Formation)
  5. Apply practical skills in a ministry specialization of Christian service at a developing level. (Corresponds to Masters Core Goal #5 – Vocational Praxis)