Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity curriculum prepares students for ministerial leadership of a congregation and for church leadership more broadly. The program includes 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.

Master of Divinity Campus

MDiv Campus is a residential program in which students are fully immersed in the mentoring and formation of community living at the seminary. This plan of study requires 80 credit hours.

Master of Divinity Connect

MDiv Connect is a distance program that includes online courses and hybrid (mostly online with a visit to campus) courses. This plan of study requires 80 credit hours.

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.


Educational goals

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. 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.

Comparison of AMBS degrees

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

Ministries of recent graduates

  • Congregational pastoral ministry
  • Chaplaincy
  • Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Church agency communications and fund-raising
  • College campus ministry
  • Youth ministry
  • Bivocational ministry combining pastoring and community gardening
  • Overseas youth ministry through a mission agency

See additional information about what recent alumni are doing.