Degrees

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Asbury Seminary’s 96-hour master of divinity degree offers more than a biblical and theological foundation of Scripture. It equips you to be a transformative preacher and leader in your congregation-based ministry. Whether you feel God calling you to be a pastor, missionary, chaplain, church planter, worship leader, campus pastor or something else, our divinity degree provides the right tools for fruitful ministry.

Earn your degree on campus, in a cohort model, urban ministry setting or through online theological education. Tailor your degree to meet your personal goals and ministry needs by choosing from our ten concentrations.

What to Expect from the Degree

As you complete your degree, you will

  • Receive a solid, biblically-based, spiritually formative theological education and demonstrate an ability to interpret Scripture within your contemporary ministry setting.
  • Preach, teach and disciple in an effective, transformative way, with particular attention to the Wesleyan-holiness tradition.
  • Conduct anthropological studies to help you interpret the gospel for your context and to develop fresh methods for preaching and leading.
  • Develop habits to practice a Wesleyan understanding of personal and social holiness.
  • Learn and apply practical skills through internships and immersion experiences in a Christian ministry setting.

*Refer to the Academic Catalog for the exact wording of Program Learning Outcomes.

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If you received a religion major or minor from an accredited college or university, you can receive a maximum of 18 credits toward a master of divinity degree or 12 credits toward a master of arts degree.

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Complete your degree on campus or online.

Study online. Complete your master of divinity degree without leaving home by taking two-thirds of your classes online and completing the remaining third through on-campus intensives.

Study on campus. Complete your degree in one of our three locations—Kentucky, Florida or Memphis. Choose to work through your degree in either a residential or urban ministry format or cohort model.

Stay on mission. However you choose to pursue your degree, you’ll develop the biblical and theological understanding essential for a vibrant, contemporary ministry rooted in the Wesleyan tradition.

Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines

Spring

Summer

Fall

 

January 15

May 15

August 15

  • Application Form
  • $50 non-refundable Application Fee
  • Accredited baccalaureate degree
  • M.A. and M.Div. programs require a cumulative GPA of 2.75/4.0, except for the MA(BS), MA(TS), and Counseling programs, which require a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA
  • Official transcripts from all schools where classes were taken for more than one semester
  • Personal history essay
    • Share your life story, including at what point you began your relationship with Jesus Christ. Talk about your growth since that time and what brings you to apply to Seminary at this season in your life. Include your thoughts on how you would like to see your faith grow during your time in Seminary.
    • What draws you to this particular area of study? What is your intended outcome upon degree completion? Why is that career or ministry choice meaningful to you?
    • Discuss a local, national, and/or international issue and why you are passionate about it.
  • Four references
    • 1 Pastoral
    • 1 Academic
    • 2 Professional/Peer References
  • For applicants whose primary language is not English, a TOEFL score of 550 (79 internet-based) or an IELTS score of 7.
  • Background Check
  • A personal interview may be required upon request by the Admissions Committee

Complete your degree on campus or online.

Study online. Complete your degree without leaving home by taking a portion of your classes online and completing the remaining through on-campus intensives.

Study on campus. Complete your degree in one of our three locations—Kentucky, Florida or Memphis. Choose to work through your degree in either a residential or urban ministry format or cohort model.

Stay on mission. However you choose to pursue your degree, you’ll develop the biblical and theological understanding essential for a vibrant, contemporary ministry rooted in the Wesleyan tradition.

The M.Div. program is offered at the following locations:

Kentucky (Wilmore)
Orlando
Memphis
Online

You can complete a specialization within your Masters of Divinity degree by taking 5 specified courses from one of the following specializations. Those opting for a specialization must declare so within the first 32 hours.

M.Div. Concentrations include:

Church Planting–Be equipped to plant churches, preach effectively and make disciples wherever God calls you through theoretical, theological and practical study.

Aging and Spirituality–Prepare for a vocation of educational leadership, discipleship and formation across each lifespan as you nurture those within the local and global church, para-church and other organizations.

Biblical Studies–Pursue knowledge and practical Christian disciplines to prepare you to teach and preach in congregations, para-church organizations and Christian institutions.

Christian Discipleship–Build upon biblical, historical, theological and contextual foundations as you prepare to teach and equip lifelong disciples.

Christian Leadership–Develop effective leadership skills and qualities as you prepare to be a leader in the church, marketplace or non-profit.

Intercultural Studies–Develop global leadership skills to navigate relationships without borders, as you gain a new appreciation for authentic diversity.

Pastoral Counseling–Develop counseling skills that will enhance your ministry as a pastor, lay-counselor or chaplain.

Spiritual Formation–Educate and equip yourself to answer your call to ministry through a focused study of scripture, theology, tradition and practices within the Wesleyan tradition.

Theological Studies–Apply Christian theology to contemporary issues, life and ministry through your study of church history, doctrine, ethics, philosophy and systematic theology.

Youth Ministry–Pursue your call to disciple and counsel youth within the church, empowering them to a life of Christian obedience and authentic faith.

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Hrs Course ID Course Name
Early
3 CD501 Vocation of Ministry (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 MS501 Missional Formation (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 OT520 Old Testament Introduction
3 NT520 New Testament Introduction
3 NT(IBS)510/511 NT(IBS)510 Matthew -or- NT(IBS)511 Mark
3 TH501 Basic Christian Doctrine
3 PC510/515 Care of Persons -or- Pastoral Crisis Intervention
3 CH501 Church History—One
Mid
3 NT501 Elementary Greek—One [PRQ: NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511]
3 NT Exegesis* NT610-649; 710-749 [PRQ: NT501; NT520; NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511]
3 CH502 Church History—Two [PRQ: CH501]
3 TH601 Theology of John Wesley
3 CS601 Christian Ethics
3 PR610-649 Preaching [PRQ: TH501; NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511]
3 CD605 Gospel Catechesis [PRQ: TH501]
1 MM520 Mentored Ministry—One [PRQ: CD501, MS501]
1 MM620 Mentored Ministry—Two [PRQ: MM520]
Final
3 OT501 Elementary Hebrew—One [PRQ: IBS-One]
3 OT Exegesis OT610-649; 651; 710-749 [PRQ: OT501, OT520, NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511]
3 NT/OT(IBS)6xx NT(IBS)610-649 or OT(IBS)610-649 [PRQ: IBS-One, NT501 or OT501)]
3 TH701 Contemporary Theology [PRQ: TH501]
3 CL605 Christian Leadership Identity
3 MS708 World Religions and Mission
3 PH501 Philosophy of the Christian Religion
3 WO510/515 Worship Leadership in the Church -or- Sacramental Theology
1 MM720 Mentored Ministry—Three [PRQ: MM520, MM620]
Throughout Program
3   Specialization (or Elective Course)
3   Specialization (or Elective Course)
3   Specialization (or Elective Course)
3   Specialization (or Elective Course)
3   Specialization (or Elective Course)
3   Elective Course
3   Elective Course
3   Elective Course

* Students must take their Greek exegesis requirement within six months of completing NT501 (or NT501 and NT502).

† Students must take their Hebrew exegesis requirement within six months of completing OT501 (or OT501 and OT502).

Asbury Seminary is committed to providing you with a quality theological education and practical skills for a lifetime. We offer more than 400 scholarships annually and our Ministry Partners Program helps you graduate with minimal debt.

Cost of Attendance

Degree Total Credits Cost
Master of Divinity 96 credits $575/credit hour
Total   $55,200

 

Academic Year 2015-2016 All Campuses Fall/Spring All Campuses Summer
Technology Fee $75 per semester $50 per semester
Graduation Fee $90 one-time fee $50 one-time fee
Student Services Fee $100 per semester $50 per semester

When selecting a seminary, it’s important to consider the total cost of attending. For information about campus housing, visit our Housing section.

Scholarships & Ministry Partners

Institutional scholarships are available through Asbury Theological Seminary. Scholarships are highly competitive and priority consideration is given to those who have completed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and who have been admitted by the Admissions Office by March 1.

Specific scholarships will be offered in the form of an invitation to those who meet the eligibility requirements. 

Ministry Partners Program

Complete your Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (Church Planting Emphasis) debt free by participating in our Ministry Partners Program.

In addition to a 100% tuition scholarship, you’ll gain training and confidence in financial stewardship and practical experience in donor development. Your church and sponsoring individuals participate in your seminary education by praying and giving. Read more on our Ministry Partners website.

Part-Time Scholarship for Incoming Fall 2016 Students

Many people desire an Asbury Seminary experience. However, because of life, workload, expenses and the possibility of relocation, may never further their education. Our Part-Time Student Scholarship program is designed with the working adult in mind. It’s easy and flexible!

The Part-Time Student Scholarship awards new students up to $1,000 per semester and up to $3,000 per academic year. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first serve basis. Scholarship recipients may also be eligible for complimentary housing during intensive classes.

Criteria includes:

  • Enrollment in one of these degree programs
    • Master of Arts in Leadership
    • Master of Arts [T.S.] with concentrations in Philosophy & Apologetics or Spiritual Formation
    • Master of Divinity via distance learning
  • Participate in two Christian service activities per year
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Continuous enrollment required for the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms

To apply once admitted to the Seminary:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Contact aid@asburyseminary.edu to inquire and apply.

Dr. J. Ellsworth Kalas Pastoral Scholarships

The Dr. J. Ellsworth Kalas Pastoral Scholarship is a $12,000 annual award given to those pursuing a theological degree. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need.

Criteria includes:

  • Commitment to begin active ministry through local church ministry, church planting or mission work following graduation
  • Demonstration of financial need
  • Maintain full-time student status (21 hours annually)

Here’s how to apply:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Complete the Presidential Scholarship Application, which includes a 500-word essay on the way your intended vocational goal and this scholarship will better enable you to accomplish God’s call on your life.

Presidential Scholarship

Recipients of this scholarship exhibit both outstanding academic and leadership skills. This scholarship covers up to 100% of tuition.

Criteria includes:

  • Undergraduate cumulative 3.75 GPA
  • Maintain full-time student status (21 hours annually) & a 3.75 GPA
  • Demonstrate leadership skills through involvement in a local worship community
  • Participate in a minimum of four Christian service activities annually
  • Commit to begin active ministry following graduation

Here’s how to apply:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Complete the Presidential Scholarship Application, which includes a 500-word essay on how you anticipate a Seminary education will equip you for future leadership.

 

Johnson International Scholarship

The Johnson International Scholarship is a need-based scholarship, covering up to 100% of tuition. The scholarship is available to non-U.S. residents who plan to assume leadership roles within their home country after graduation.

Criteria includes:

  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 and regular service in a local congregation, campus ministry, mission outreach or social service OR a 2.5 undergraduate cumulative GPA and notable leadership in a local congregation, campus ministry, mission outreach or social service
  • Maintain a 2.75 GPA
  • Demonstrate faithful involvement in a local worship community, as well as the Seminary community
  • Complete an Asbury Seminary-approved financial planning seminar or workshop during the first term of study to re-qualify for subsequent terms
  • Commit to enter into active ministry in his/her homeland following completion of academic work

To be eligible for additional scholarship, complete the International Student Questionnaire Form. This form will be made available to you once the admissions process has started.

Special Scholarships

These scholarships do not require an invitation and are generated from either Endowed or Restricted funds. Recipients of Special Scholarships must represent strong promise for Christian ministry and demonstrate a financial need. You must complete The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible to receive these scholarships.

 

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