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Master of Divinity (MDiv)


Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

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 Languages and Interpretation, Biblical Studies, Church History, Theology, Missions, and Practical Theology.

The MDiv program is 94 credits.  The MDiv can be completed entirely in residence at our Ambridge campus; 70 credit hours of the MDiv can be completed through online courses and/or the Church-Based Pathway, a partnership between Trinity and a local mentor.  A residential requirement of 24 credits (equivalent to one year of full-time study) is required, which can be completed either during the Fall/Spring terms on Trinity’s Ambridge campus or through participation in our January and June Intensives.

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.  Distance students generally take 1-2 courses per term in Fall, Spring, and Summer, supplementing with January & June intensives.  Most distance 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.  Please see Our Programs Additional Tracks section for more information.  More information about the NALS and EPC Partnerships is available here.

Application Deadlines

Fall Start: July 1
Spring Start: December 1


The Curriculum


Biblical Interpretation & Languages (18 credits)
BI500 Biblical Interpretation
BL631 Hebrew I
BL632 Hebrew II
BL651 Greek I
BL652 Greek II
OT700 or
Hebrew Exegesis
Greek Exegesis
Biblical Studies (12 credits)
OT500 Introduction to Old Testament*
NT500 Introduction to New Testament*
OT6xx Old Testament Elective
NT6xx New Testament Elective
Church History (9 credits)
CH625 The Early Church
CH635 Medieval and Early Modern Church History
CH645 Anglican & Episcopal Church History**
Theology (18 credits)
ST625 God the Father
ST635 God the Son
ST645 God the Holy Spirit
ST750 Moral Theology
ST770 The Anglican Way of Theology**
ST/PT500 Prayer Book Theology**
Missions (6 credits)
ME500 Introduction to World Missions
ME600 Introduction to Evangelism & Church Planting
Practical Theology (18 credits)
PT600 Conducting Worship in the Prayer Book Tradition**
PT550 Homiletics I
PT650 Homiletics II
PT700 Spiritual Formation: Catechesis & Discipleship
PT710 Pastoral Care & Counseling
PT770 Pastoral Leadership
General Electives (12 credits)
Choose four classes not listed
Capstone (1 credit)
  • Portfolio of artifacts demonstrating the student has met Trinity’s learning outcomes
  • Final integrative paper written during the student’s last semester

*Students may substitute an additional OT/NT elective based on the Bible Knowledge Entrance Exam

** Lutheran and Presbyterian track students will substitute these courses as appropriate