Master of Divinity.


Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree provides professional graduate education for those seeking to be:

  • Ordained pastors
  • Theologically minded community leaders and activists
  • Chaplains for medical, institutional or educational contexts
  • Aspiring scholar-teachers who want a broad and practical foundation in Christian Studies

Required for ordination in most denominations, the MDiv degree includes 84 credits of required and elective courses. Students study the Christian tradition, ministerial leadership, spiritual practices and past and present global societies, and develop or deepen their abilities to be creative, courageous and gospel-centered leaders in church and society.


Coursework in the MDiv emphasizes the critical and faithful interpretation of texts and contexts, the ancient and contemporary spiritual practices that keep faith vital, the ability to question structures and traditions to end practices of dehumanization, the cultivation of personal and social well-being and the wisdom and skills to mobilize diverse communities for societal transformation framed by the justice and love central to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Students normally complete the MDiv program in three years of full-time study.

Students who carry heavy employment or other responsibilities may take an additional year. Students who cannot attend seminary full time may apply for the Extended Track Program of the Theological School, which allows for more flexibility.

The MDiv requires 33 credits in foundational courses:

  • BBST 501 – Biblical Literature I: Torah, Prophets, Writings
  • BBST 511 – Biblical Literature II: Gospels, Epistles, Apocalypse
  • CHST 502 – Church History I
  • CHST 503 – Church History II
  • TPHL 501 – Systematic Theology
  • CSOC 501 – Christian Ethics
  • CSOC 500 – Religion and the Social Process
  • PSTH 503 – Introduction to Educational Ministry
  • CSOC 504 – Introduction to Pastoral Care
  • PSTH 505 – The Church at Worship: Liturgy and Worship
  • PSTH 506 – The Church at Worship: Preaching

9 credits in spiritual and vocational formation:

  • PSTH 501 – Pastoral Formation I
  • PSTH 502 – Pastoral Formation II
  • PSTH 521 – Supervised Ministry I
  • PSTH 522 – Supervised Ministry II

And 42 credits of electives, including:

  • An elective in world or comparative religions
  • An advanced theology elective
  • A cross-cultural travel course

Students pursuing ordination in the United Methodist Church take 15 credits of electives in denominational courses. Students interested in chaplaincy often take 6 credits of electives in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).

Our Faculty

The entire faculty of Drew Theological School teaches in the MDiv program. That means you get to work with a renowned preacher in an introductory class, study in a prison or travel to Turkey for class with a popular biblical scholar, think with a leading U.S. theologian and study African-American music and sing in chapel with Mark Miller—and more.