Newly revised based on extensive feedback from experienced pastors and church leaders, the MDiv is designed to ground students in the disciplines required for pastoral and other vocational ministry. The program engages the whole person through rigorous academics, on-campus community life, and expanded opportunities for real-life ministry alongside experienced local pastors and ministry leaders—while also being more streamlined and affordable.
A distinct advantage of our program is the deep and long-lasting relationships formed as students live, learn, worship, and minister together—along with faculty who are fully engaged in the community—in a diverse urban and suburban context. And our enhanced field education program is integrated into the core curriculum, allowing students to put their training into practice through partnerships with local churches and ministries. This residential seminary experience enables students to participate fully in the life of the community and uniquely prepares them for God’s next call upon their lives.
Designed to be completed in either three or four years, the MDiv offers deep familiarity with the Scriptures in their original languages and broad vocational flexibility. Students may pursue the degree through one of two ministry tracks:
- The Pastoral Ministry Track prepares men for ordained ministry and requires courses in homiletics and other areas of practical theology essential for traditional or nontraditional pastoral ministry.
- The Specialized Ministry Track prepares men and women for work in a variety of settings such as educational ministries, campus ministry, counseling, teaching, research, writing, or post-graduate study. This track prescribes practical theology electives (such as educational ministries, counseling, contemporary culture, and world mission) in place of preaching and one practical theology course.