Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Our Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is perfect for anyone planning to enter Christian ministerial leadership of a congregation or for church leadership more broadly.

Designed to develop spiritually mature, Spirit-led leaders, 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.

Take courses on campus, online, or both!

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary offers our MDiv programs through both the Master of Divinity Campus program and the Master of Divinity Connect (distance education) program.

Both MDiv Connect students and MDiv Campus students can major in Pastoral Ministry, Chaplaincy, and Christian Faith Formation. At this time, only MDiv Campus students can major in Theological Studies.

Educational goals of the Master of Divinity program

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 are grounded in and are continuously formed by the Bible.
  • Graduates engage their historical and theological traditions in the context of the larger Christian church.
  • Graduates are formed by a continuing encounter with God.
  • Graduates demonstrate personal integrity and authority in ministry.
  • Graduates understand and creatively engage their ministry context.
  • Graduates lead the church in fulfilling its missional calling.

Ready to take the next step?

We’re excited to walk alongside you as you take each step on your journey. Together we can experience the transformative presence of God in the work of being leaders for God’s reconciling mission in the world.

Ministries of recent MDiv 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

Master of Divinity Campus (MDiv Campus)

The MDiv Campus is a residential program (80 credit hours) that fully immerses students in mentoring and in the formation of community life at the seminary.

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Master of Divinity Connect (MDiv 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.

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Why seminary?

Students and faculty share why and how they discerned attending their AMBS program

“I was looking for the school in the world where I could bring together my commitment to peace-building and justice-seeking with theological insight. I did an exhaustive search of the schools in the world, and I found that AMBS was doing what I wanted to be doing. In short, the past almost three years of my time at seminary have been a time of academic and spiritual formation that helps me to continue to grow and develop a capacity to resist the social constructs that divide God’s people and foster hostility.”

Henok T. Mekonin of Nazreth, Oromiya region, Ethiopia (Master of Arts: Theology and Peace Studies, 2021)

Meet the AMBS Admissions Team

From your first inquiry about seminary study to your transition from applicant to student, we’re here to help you.

Photo of Janeen Bertsche Johnson
Janeen Bertsche Johnson, MDiv
Admissions Associate
Teresa Thompson Sherrill
Teresa Thompson Sherrill, MDiv
Enrollment & Financial Aid Specialist
Paul Keim, PhD
Student Services Coordinator
Mary Ann Weber, MA
Director of Enrollment

Yes, you can afford seminary!

AMBS’s low base tuition rate

+ generous need-based financial aid
+ scholarships for full- or part-time student
+ church matching grants
= an affordable seminary degree

Looking for something else?

Try an upcoming graduate course

Want to explore seminary study? Take an upcoming graduate course! 

If you’re a non-admitted student, you can even get 50% off your first three credits at AMBS!*Exceptions apply

Try an online short course

Looking to expand your theological knowledge?

Take one of our six-week, discussion-based, online short courses.

(No papers. No grades.)

Request a visit from an AMBS instructor

Invite the faculty and staff of AMBS to come directly to you either in person or over video conference.