New Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity curriculum prepares men and women for leadership that is grounded and formed by the Bible and continuing encounters with God and that guides the church in fulfilling its missional calling.

This degree program and the distance option have been approved by the Association of Theological Schools and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Program details

Tracks and majors

Ministry Track
Majors: Pastoral ministry, Pastoral care and counseling, Faith formation, Christian leadership

Theological Studies Track
Majors: Biblical studies; History, theology and ethics; Peace studies

United Methodist MDiv
In partnership with Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, United Methodist students follow the plan of study for MDiv Campus, which is adapted to include specific United Methodist courses in place of parallel courses in the regular MDiv curriculum.

Modes of study

MDiv Connect
A distance program with online courses and hybrid courses that combine online and on-campus learning. MDiv Connect students can complete the program in five and a half years. (See details)

MDiv Campus
A residential program centered on the AMBS campus in Elkhart, Ind. MDiv Campus students can complete the program in three years. (See details).



Exposure to and competence in four areas:

  • religious heritage
  • cultural context
  • personal and spiritual formation
  • capacities for ministry and public leadership





80 credit hours are required:

Courses common to all majors:  36 credit hours
Courses in major:  15-18 credit hours
Specific discipline courses: 14-21 hours
Electives:   8-14 hours


Students will complete internships in ministry contexts. For MDiv Connect students, this can be in their current settings; for MDiv Campus students, placements can be determined by each student’s interests and learning goals.

Cross-cultural experience

Three credit hours of cross-cultural experience can be met through regular courses, an internship,  international travel course, or specified courses from SCUPE (Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education in Chicago).