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  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. Graduates with 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.

There are three ways to pursue a Master of Divinity:

► Master of Divinity Campus

MDiv Campus is a residential program (80 credit hours) that fully immerses students in the mentoring and formation of community living at the seminary. Major areas of study include Pastoral Ministry; Chaplaincy; Christian Faith Formation; and several focus areas in Theological Studies including Bible, History, Theology and Ethics, Peace Studies and Environmental Sustainability Leadership.

► Master of Divinity Connect

MDiv Connect is a distance program (80 credit hours) for students seeking the best of our learning community without relocating from their primary context. Students earn their degree through a variety of online courses and hybrid coursest that involve mostly online study with brief visits to campus. Major areas of study include Pastoral Ministry, Chaplaincy and Christian Faith Formation.

► Master of Divinity for United Methodist Students

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

Renee Reimer, Master of Divinity student

Ministries of recent graduates

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