Degree Programs

Which program is right for you? Here are brief descriptions to help you figure out which one of our degrees would suit your personal, ministry, and vocational goals. Visit each degree’s page for more detailed information and list of required classes. For the most detailed information, please see the academic catalog.

Master of Divinity (78-85 hours, on-campus or online)
The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program provides a broad-based and integrated study of scripture and theology, spiritual formation, cultural context, and Christian ministry. This professional degree enables the student to meet the educational requirements for ordination to the Christian ministry.

Students may pursue one of the following concentrations:

Master of Arts (50 hours, on-campus or online)
The Master of Arts (M.A.) guides the student’s inquiry and development in one of four academic disciplines:

These concentrations enable the student to focus academically on the ideological underpinnings of the Christian faith.

Graduate Certificate in Biblical and Theological Studies (24 hours, on campus or online–no Residency requirement)
This program consists of eight three-hour courses (24 hours total) that have been carefully chosen and sequenced to meet specific outcomes. All of these courses are also applicable to the M.Div and M.A. Christian Studies degrees.

The John Case Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership for Transformational Ministry (30 hours, on campus/online hybrid)
The D.Min. is a professional in-ministry doctorate that offers advanced ministerial education to those who have already earned an M.Div. degree (or equivalent*) and are currently serving in ministry positions. The degree is designed to be completed in three years—two years of half-time course work and one year for writing and defending the Ministry Research Project.

*The equivalent of an M.Div. is seen as possessing at least 72 credit hours of master’s level, seminary-related classes. This is determined on a case-by-case basis by the academic dean upon complete application to the program.