Online Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Get ready to immerse yourself in biblical studies, theological reflection, spiritual formation, cultural engagement and leadership skill development. Our three-year, 94-credit  Master of Divinity program provides a solid foundation for leaders in a variety of ministry settings, including:

  • Local church leadership (senior/solo pastors, church staff, church planting)
  • Cross-cultural ministry
  • Chaplaincy
  • Community development

This degree also provides excellent preparation for postgraduate studies.


You may choose from one of the concentrations for a deeper and broader emphasis in ministry leadership development. Download the university catalog for more information.

  • Bible Exposition
  • Christian Thought
  • Evangelism and Church Planting
  • Exegetical Studies
  • Global Development and Justice
  • Intercultural/Cross-Cultural Studies
  • Jerusalem Studies
  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Spiritual Formation
  • General Studies

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the M.Div. program, graduates will be able to:

  • Exhibit spiritual growth as wholehearted disciples of Jesus Christ through engaging the recognized practices of Christian formation nourished by the Word of God and empowered by the Holy Spirit, and be able guide others in a similar personal relationship with Christ.
  • Articulate biblical spirituality, have a basic awareness of the history of Christian spirituality, and understand respectful engagement with spiritual traditions other than their own.
  • Graduates will demonstrate godly character, exhibited by spiritual, emotional, and relational maturity, discernment, and a willingness to listen and to change.
  • Lead people to a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and to encourage the spiritual growth of Christians.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the contents of the Bible and competence in biblical interpretation.
  • Understand the basic dimensions of the biblical terrain, including the contents of the English Bible.
  • Demonstrate grammatical acuity in reading and translating the Greek text of the New Testament, and an ability to exegete passages from the Greek text of the New Testament.
  • Communicate biblical research to a variety of audiences.Reflect theologically on life and ministry from biblical, historical and constructive theological perspectives in ways that are consistent with evangelical orthodoxy.
  • Articulate a basic understanding of the central doctrines of historic orthodoxy and evangelical conviction.
  • Develop a capacity for theological research in several areas of theology: biblical theology, historical theology, constructive theology and ethics, apologetics/philosophical theology.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for constructive theological reflection and an ability to voice their own theological positions, culminating in a personal statement of faith.Understand and engage their cultural context.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of culture, including religious expressions, and an ability to exegete the cultural settings of their ministries.
  • Articulate a biblical theology of evangelism and missions.
  • Develop an ability to communicate the gospel effectively in intercultural and/or cross-cultural settings.
  • Exhibit a commitment to missions.Model competent and Christ-like ministry leadership in the Church and marketplace.
  • Exhibit appropriate self-awareness of their leadership skills, abilities, and gifts.
  • Articulate and execute a biblical vision and philosophy of ministry.
  • Communicate the Word of God effectively to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrate compassionate pastoral care of people.
  • Utilize effective practices to inspire, teach, equip and mobilize for ministry those entrusted to their leadership.

View the online Master of Divinity course layout.


Note: The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) has approved an exemption to the residency requirements (Degree Program Standard A, section A.3.1.3, and Degree Program Standard B, section B.3.1.3) for this degree, permitting it to be offered fully online beginning fall 2016.