The master of divinity (M.Div.) program combines academic and practical training to prepare God-called persons for full-time ministry leadership. The program offers a balanced curriculum of biblical studies, historical and theological studies, spiritual formation and ministry leadership development. M.Div. graduates are prepared to serve in pastoral capacities in vocational Christian ministry roles, whether in traditional parish settings or in other Christian ministry organizations. The requirements for an M.Div. degree can be completed in three years of full-time study. The degree must be completed within six years; nevertheless in extenuating circumstances, a student may request an extension. A letter justifying such a request must be addressed to the associate dean.
The master of divinity degree requires at least 87 semester credits with a minimum of 57 credits completed at Beeson Divinity School.
*Core Courses: These courses, which constitute 21 hours of the 87 required for graduation, must be taken by students entering in the fall semester in their first two semesters and summer school, and by students entering in the spring semester in their first three semesters and summer school. The core constitutes foundational courses, all of which are prerequisites for subsequent classes.