MDiv Connect is a distance program that combines online and hybrid courses. With this program of study, the best of what AMBS offers comes to the student wherever he or she is.
Two annual week-long visits to campus provide opportunities for formation and vocational discernment and integrate students into the AMBS community. This program has been approved by the Association of Theological Schools and the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association. To find out where AMBS has authorization to offer a distance degree program, visit the state authorization page for preliminary information; then contact the Admissions office, because additional information is available.
- People who are not able to move to Elkhart for ministry and theological study
- People transitioning into ministry or who want to deepen their understanding of how they can contribute where they are
- People who want to develop leadership abilities with a Christian perspective for their current vocations—leadership that reflects the Anabaptist tradition.
Courses in this program are available to guest students who are studying at other seminaries and are looking for specialized graduate-level courses.
80 credit hours
50 hours of fully online courses or courses at AMBS-Great Plains extension site
30 hours of hybrid courses with sessions on campus and additional work online
See also general MDiv requirements
Overview of schedule design
MDiv Connect students can complete the program of study in five and a half years by closely following this schedule, taking classes in August, fall semester, January, spring semester and June each year. To complete the program in the minimum five and a half years, students will take courses during each term and occasionally take two or three courses during fall and spring semesters.
|August 11||Leadership Education in Anabaptist Perspective (LEAP), the first formation course, begins with online work.|
|August 25–30||LEAP meets on campus. For information about LEAP, visit the page for fall formation courses.|
|Students complete online courses.|
|December-January||Students take hybrid courses that combine one week of face-to-face sessions with online learning.|
|Students complete online courses.|
|June-July||Students take hybrid courses that combine one week of face-to-face sessions with online learning.|
During campus sessions of hybrid courses, students should expect to spend most of their time on course activities. Classes will meet for eight 150-minute sessions beginning Monday afternoon and concluding Saturday noon.
In addition to academic work, on-campus weeks include practices for spiritual formation, such as community worship, morning prayers, community meals and small group meetings for vocational discernment.
AMBS-Great Plains students who are pursuing an MDiv will register for MDiv Connect and may take courses at the extension site instead of some online courses.
For Canadians, issues regarding visas for entering the U.S. for on-campus sessions is still being worked out with government agencies. We hope to have a clear process to report by May 1.
For a three-credit hour course, students are expected to spend a minimum of ten hours each week in activities related to the course, or a total of 140 hours for the duration of the course. This includes time spent reading, writing, posting work online and completing assignments. For two- or one-credit-hour courses, the expectation is adjusted proportionally.Participating in an online course requires equipment and a discipline of study that is different from those of a face-to-face course. To help evaluate your skills and abilities to benefit from online study, please follow this link to a quiz provided by Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.
- Earn a Master of Divinity even if you cannot move to Elkhart
- Develop an identity as a leader with skills to set vision and enable others
- Integrate rigorous study with ministry practice through internships and ongoing ministry in the student’s context
- Complement day-to-day ministry with disciplined study and deep spiritual formation
- Orient learning and formation with an Anabaptist vision
- Discern God’s call with mentoring by faculty
- Share practices of spiritual formation and explore spiritual disciplines
In addition to regular tuition and fees, MDiv Campus students may wish to plan for the following fees:
On-campus lodging: $22 per night
Transportation from and to South Bend airport: $40 one way
(For other transportation needs—Amtrak, Greyhound, United Limo, etc.—contact the AMBS receptionist)
Financial aid will apply to MDiv Connect students in the same way as for students who enroll in on-campus programs; however, the MDiv Campus program is designed for part-time study, so part-time financial aid levels will apply.