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.


Too many aspiring Christian leaders are torn by a difficult choice between a quality graduate program and a fast, affordable one. For them, we provide two distinct pathways to a Master of Divinity degree, each with different scheduling options:

• Connections offers busy students MTSO’s unique combination of on-campus and online learning. M.Div. students in the Connections program will be on campus one day a week for six semesters, earning a degree in just 33 months. Here’s a three year scheduling plan for Connections.

• Students always have the scheduling flexibility to pick from weekday, weekend and intensive courses, completing the M.Div. with a combination of delivery formats within 33 months as well. Here’s a sample scheduling plan.

• Students can also complete the M.Div. degree in four years by spreading out the courses in either the Connections format or by using a combination of course delivery formats.  Contact Sue Lamphere for more information.


Within the M.Div. program, we offer six 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.

Biblical Languages and Texts
Black Church and African Diaspora Studies
Ecology and Justice
Feminist and Womanist Studies
Interreligious Contexts
Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Degree requirements

Basic M.Div. Requirements

Advising sheets

The advising sheets below include recommended elective courses for ordination and other career paths.

Ordination – United Methodist Church

Ordination – United Methodist Church: Focus in Biblical Languages

Ordination – United Church of Christ

Ordination – Presbyterian Church

Ordination – most other denominations

Community Ministry and Non-Profit Organizations

Dual degree requirements are here.

Academic forms are here.