The Master of Divinity degree (MDiv) prepares students for ordained ministry or other specialized leadership roles. This course of study is both academic and professional, covering the fields of Biblical Studies, Church History, Systematic Theology, Missions, and Pastoral Care.
The MDiv program is 90 credits. The MDiv can be completed entirely in residence at our Ambridge campus; up to ⅔ of the MDiv can be completed through online courses and/or intensives. A residential requirement of 30 credits (equivalent to one year of full-time study) is required at the end of the online program.
Residential students generally take 4-5 courses per term in Fall and Spring, supplementing as desired with January & June intensives. Most residential students graduate after 3-4 years of full-time study. Hybrid/online students generally take 1-2 courses per term in Fall, Spring, and Summer, supplementing as desired with January & June intensives. Most online students graduate after 5-7 years of part-time study.
A Lutheran Track in partnership with the North American Lutheran Seminary (NALS), and a Presbyterian track in partnership with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) are also available.
Fall Start: July 1
Spring Start: December 1
The Curriculum – Lutheran Track – in partnership with the NALS
|Biblical Interpretation & Languages (18 credits)||Systematic Theology (15 credits)|
|BI500||Biblical Interpretation||ST540||Creeds & Catechisms|
|BL631||Hebrew I||ST550||Lutheran Confessions|
|BL632||Hebrew II||ST660||Introduction to Theology I (Lutheran Focus)|
|BL651||Greek I||ST670||Introduction to Theology II (Lutheran Focus)|
|BL652||Greek II||ST755||Christian Ethics in the Lutheran Tradition|
|OT700 or NT700||Hebrew or Greek Exegesis||Pastoral Theology (21 credits)|
|Biblical Studies (12 credits)||PT550||Homiletics I|
|OT500||Introduction to Old Testament||PT650||Homiletics II|
|NT500||Introduction to New Testament||PT670||Introduction to Lutheran Liturgy|
|OT6xx||Old Testament Elective||PT700||Spiritual Formation: Catechesis & Discipleship|
|NT6xx||New Testament Elective||PT710||Pastoral Care & Counseling|
|Church History (12 credits)||PT770||Pastoral Leadership|
|CH625||Early Church History||PT Elective||(Choose one course from PTST740, PT645, PTST750)|
|CH635||Medieval & Early Modern Church History||Electives (6 credits)|
|CH670||Modern Church (Lutheran Focus)||Elective 1||Elective 2|
|CH680||The Theology & Writings of Martin Luther||Non-Academic Degree Requirements|
|Mission (6 credits)||Ministry Apprenticeship||English Bible Exam|
|ME500||Introduction to World Mission||Cross-Cultural Immersion||Liturgical Practica|
|ME600||Mission & Evangelism: Church Planting||Other requirements listed in the Academic Catalog|