Master of Divinity Degree

In a complex and rapidly changing world, you’ll want an M.Div. degree tailored to your unique path.

As it always has, MTSO’s Master of Divinity program provides excellent preparation for parish ministry. Now, though, it offers unprecedented opportunities to discern the shape of your vocation and design your own custom curriculum. You’ll have the flexibility to pursue such goals as ordination, community ministry and doctoral studies. Whichever path you choose, you’ll develop the skills to understand, appreciate and interpret our Christian heritage so it becomes a compelling vision for the present and future.

Talk with an admissions counselor about MTSO and the M.Div. degree. Email or call 800-333-6876.

M.Div. degree requirements

M.Div. degree audit

Note to those seeking United Methodist ordination

The University Senate of the United Methodist Church requires that a student seeking United Methodist ordination must earn at least one-third of their seminary degree through campus-based courses, with distance education permitted for up to two-thirds of the degree. We will work with you to build a course schedule that fulfills these requirements for ordination. See options for fulfilling the requirements here. The Master of Divinity fulfills requirements for ordination as elder or deacon; the Master of Arts in Practical Theology fulfills ordination requirements for deacons.

M.Div. specializations

Within the M.Div. program, we offer seven optional specializations around focal areas of modern ministry. Each specialization requires 12 semester hours of selected classes within the 86 hours required for the M.Div. degree.

M.Div. course scheduling

Too many aspiring Christian leaders are torn by a difficult choice between a quality graduate program and a fast, affordable one. The Connections Pathway offers busy students MTSO’s unique combination of on-campus and online learning. M.Div. students on the Connections Pathway are typically in class only one day per week, earning their degree in as few as 33 months.

  1. M.Div. Connections Pathway Recommended Degree Completion Plans: General
  2. M.Div. Connections Pathway Recommended Degree Completion Plans: UMC Ordination

Dual-degree information