Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees

AMBS offers four graduate degrees that focus on ministry training, biblical studies and theological studies.Two dual-degree programs with Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Mich., prepare people for bivocational ministry.


Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity curriculum educates and forms Christian men and women for ministerial leadership of the congregation in a variety of church settings. The 80-hour program is available as a distance program (MDiv Connect) with online and hybrid classes, and as a residential program (MDiv Campus). (Approved by the Association of Theological Schools and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.)

Master of Divinity for United Methodist students

A Master of Divinity program of study especially for United Methodist students combines specific courses from Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston. Ill., with AMBS courses to prepare United Methodists for ordination. This plan of study requires 80 credit hours. The partnership is endorsed by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church.

Master of Arts in Christian Formation

The Master of Arts in Christian Formation prepares students for ministry in several focused areas: spiritual formation and guidance, teaching ministry and worship. This degree is not intended to prepare people for independent ministerial leadership of the congregation.

Master of Arts: Peace Studies

The Master of Arts: Peace Studies (MAPS) degree prepares students for peace and justice ministries from congregational to global settings. The purpose of the program is to provide the environment for a deepening understanding of the biblical vision of peace and justice and its embodiment in the world.

Master of Arts: Theological Studies

The Master of Arts: Theological Studies degree prepares students for stronger participation in the life, mission, and service of the church. It serves as the basis for further academic work and supplements professional training in other fields.

Dual Degree Programs

AMBS offers two dual-degree programs in cooperation with Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, a fifty-minute drive from AMBS.

Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work

The dual-degree Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work prepares students for congregational leadership and certification in counseling or in administration and development of community programs.

Master of Arts: Peace Studies (MAPS) and Master of Social Work

The dual-degree Master of Arts: Peace Studies and Master of Social Work prepares students for community development in North America and in countries around the world through Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Economic Development Associates, Adventist Development and Relief Agency, and other similar agencies.

Comparison of AMBS degrees

For a quick overview of AMBS degrees, download a chart comparing credit hours, concentrations and majors, goals, and more.