Master of Divinity

icon_mdivThe Master of Divinity is a three year, academic professional degree which prepares students for a variety of ministries.  Students may take three years or more to complete this course of study.

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M.Div Degree Concentrations

As a student in the M.Div program, you may choose to complete a recognized concentration in one of the areas below. Students must complete the core 72 semester hours combined with the specific electives listed for each concentration to total 81-87 semester hours, dependant on concentration.

Biblical Interpretation
This concentration designed to equip seminarians with (1) advanced skills in using biblical languages and applying methods and tools of biblical hermeneutics and (2) deeper understanding of biblical literature, themes of biblical theology, and critical issues confronting contemporary biblical scholarship. With a congregational focus, the concentration will prepare ministers to excel in biblical preaching and teaching by developing a faith that is formed by a profound relationship with scripture.

The electives in the Biblical Interpretation concentration are:
BLGH/GG101-201 Additional Biblical Language I & II
BIIC301 Readings in Biblical Texts
BIIC302 Topics in Biblical Intrepretation
BLOT/HT 490 Thesis: Old Testament/New Testament

Christian Education Formation
This concentration equips students to become effective pastoral educators in congregations. The degree has a congregational focus; yet it is grounded in theology and the field of education. Graduates are well rounded in their understanding and practice of holistic educational ministry along with faith and spiritual formation in the local church. Students are challenged to connect theory to practice through critical reflection on both their own personal development and the practice of educational ministry.

The electives in the Christian Education concentration are:
PTCE301 Educating in Faith
PTCE302 Models in Educational Ministry
PTCE303 Developing Lay Leadership

Justice & Peacebuilding
In partnership with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA, this concentration is designed to help prepare students for work and ministry around the issues of restorative justice, peacebuilding, and conflict transformation. Students must apply to the CJP separately to complete the concentration.

The Master of Divinity with a concentration in Justice and Peacebuilding requires 72 core hours, in addition to 12 concentrated electives, completed at CJP, and a final thesis or project, for a total of 87 hours.

Youth Ministry
This concentration equips a student to serve a local congregation as a pastoral associate who focuses on the needs of youth and their families. This concentration requires coursework in program and curricular design for youth, pastoral ministry to youth and their families, methods of teaching youth, and the role of a pastoral associate.

The electives in the Youth Ministry concentration are:
PTYM301 Models of Youth Ministry
PTYM302 Thriving and Succeeding as a Congregational Associate
PTCE Elective


This concentration allows students the oppportunity for an indepth engagement with theological themes and texts. Such a concentration presupposes that this understanding of theology as an academic discipline–knowing God–cannot be separated from loving God. The challenge for the student will be to determine how the study of theology best serves the church, both local and universal.

The electives in the Theology concentration are:
HTTE301 Christology
HTTE302 Classics in Christian Theology
HTTE490 Thesis: Theology/Ethics

Religious Freedom
In partnership with the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute, students can declare a concentration in Religious Freedom. Courses are designed to equip civic and religious leaders to navigate the intersection of religion and public life. Students will complete 15 semester hours of concentration electives with the Religious Freedom Center. Students must apply directly to the Religious Freedom Center to complete the concentration. 

For more specifics on degree programs and their requirements, check out the Academic Catalog.