Master of Divinity

AMBS launches a new Master of Divinity in August. The new program has the same strengths and themes as outlined below. However, it requires only 80 credit hours and has the option of study from a distance. For more information, follow links at the left to the New MDiv curriculum and the two expressions which students may choose: MDiv Connect and MDiv Campus.

United Methodist students will follow the plan of study for the United Methodist Master of Divinity, which is an adaptation of the 80-credit-hour MDiv Campus program.

The Master of Divinity curriculum prepares students for ministerial leadership of a congregation and for church leadership more broadly. The program develops spiritually mature, Spirit-led leaders to care for and guide the church.

Ministry training involves attention to a student’s growth in theological discernment and competency in ministry, as well as the development of character, sense of call, ministerial identity and leadership, spiritual depth, and commitment to service in the name of Christ.

Preparation for pastoral service in the Anabaptist tradition requires more than developing a pastoral presence to specific situations or individuals. It builds competence and confidence in students to provide direction for the church’s life and witness. Pastoral leadership assists the spiritual growth of groups of believers, building them together into a “dwelling place of God in the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22) for service in the world.

Educational goals

  • Graduates with an MDiv:
  • Are grounded in and are continuously formed by the Bible.
  • Engage their historical and theological traditions in the context of the larger Christian church.
  • Are formed by a continuing encounter with God.
  • Demonstrate personal integrity and authority in ministry.
  • Understand and creatively engage their ministry context.
  • Lead the church in fulfilling its missional calling.

Ministries of recent graduates

Congregational pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, further preparation through Clinical Pastoral Education, church agency communications and fund-raising, outreach ministry with a congregation, college campus ministry, youth ministry, bivocational ministry combining pastoring and community gardening, overseas youth ministry through a mission agency.

The new MDiv will be offered in two modes of study:

MDiv Connect, a distance program for people who cannot move to campus.

MDiv Campus for people who want the mentoring and formation of community living at the seminary.