Academics at AMBS

Beverly Lapp, academic dean

A word from the Academic Dean

At AMBS, students engage deeply in the study of theology alongside a supportive community of scholars. You will be able to design, with your advisor, an academic program that is relevant and experiential in preparation for the contexts of your future ministries.

Our graduates are sharing God's reconciling mission as pastors, teachers and leaders in congregations, non-profit and faith-based organizations, peace and justice work, international development, academic settings, and more. We are eager to have you join this distinctive and vibrant learning community. — Beverly Lapp, EdD; Title lX Coordinator


Reading days and senior interviews (no classes)

Start: Oct 27, 2020 End: Oct 28, 2020

Multi-Day Event

Still discerning? Explore your call in this webinar from the AMBS Church Leadership Center.

Master of Divinity

In the Master of Divinity Campus (MDiv Campus) program, you are fully immersed in worship, study and relational life in our learning community in the city of Elkhart. This plan of study requires 80 credit hours, all taken on our beautiful campus.
Majors: Pastoral Ministry; Chaplaincy; Christian Faith Formation; Theological Studies: Bible; Theological Studies: History, Theology and Ethics; Theological Studies: Peace Studies; and Theological Studies: Peace Studies: Environmental Sustainability Leadership.

The Master of Divinity Connect program allows you to access the best of our learning community from a distance. Study includes a combination of online-only courses (53 credit hours) and hybrid courses (mostly online with a visit to campus, 27 credit hours).
Majors: Pastoral Ministry; Chaplaincy; Christian Faith Formation

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Christian Formation (MACF) program prepares students for ministry in spiritual formation and guidance, teaching ministry and worship. The 60-credit hour plan of study equips students with tools to study and engage the ministries of personal and congregational formation. This degree is not intended to prepare people for independent ministerial leadership of a congregation.

The Master of Arts: Theology and Global Anabaptism (MATGA) is a 46-credit-hour fully online academic degree that prepares scholars, teachers, pastors and leaders to integrate knowledge of and formation in the Anabaptist tradition with service in their current and future communities. The program is built around focused study of global Anabaptism in the context of biblical studies, peace studies and practical theology.

The Master of Arts: Theology and Peace Studies (MATPS) program prepares students interested in careers and scholarship at the intersection of theology and transformative peacebuilding. In the 60-credit-hour program, students combine academic study with sustained engagement in the field. Concentrations: Primary program; Environmental Sustainability Leadership


The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies provides professionals, congregational leaders, and bivocational pastors with a foundation in theological and biblical study, spiritual enrichment, and fuller integration of Christian faith into their work and ministry. The certificate may be done fully online or with any combination of online, hybrid, and campus courses, and takes 27 credit hours to complete.