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Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

The Master of Divinity degree program equips you to engage in Gospel-centered leadership roles, such as pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, teaching, and missions. It presents you with other open doors as well, serving to meet ordination requirements for some Christian denominations, while also meeting admission qualifications for doctoral programs that focus on ministry or theology.



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Graduate in less than three years




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What Sets Our MDiv Degree Apart?

  • An emphasis on Gospel-centrality and biblical theology, and how they shape your approach to ministry
  • Create a statement of faith rather than adopting the seminary's doctrinal position
  • A rigorous Candidacy process, ministering to real people under the supervision of a seasoned ministry practitioner
  • Visit either Israel or Greece and Turkey on faculty-led study tours for elective credit
  • Recent high school grads may complete a BA and MDiv in 5 years through the Kairos Accelerated Master of Divinity




Specialize Your Ministry Studies

Increase the relevance of your training by tailoring it to your ministry context. Work with your academic advisor to develop a concentration in a given area of specialization. Specialized areas of study include (but are not limited to):

A Candidacy Process for Real-world Learning

During your Ministry Leadership Formation courses, you'll form a mentoring team within your own ministry setting, while also joining Ministry Leadership groups that work through case studies formed from students' greatest challenges in serving. This process sees you submit a portfolio of ministry experiences after completing half of your studies, combined with an assessment by your mentoring team as well as select faculty. After advancing to candidacy and completing all your courses you graduate with our promise of ministry readiness.

Accessible Scheduling

You may complete the Master of Divinity in a little less than three years' time of full-time studies through our online campus, or at any of our campuses in Oregon and Northern California. Students who prefer on campus learning but live at a distance may also complete their training without the need to relocate or leave their ministry context through the following scheduling options, though their completion timeframe may be extended:

Note: Any campus-based MDiv student must complete at least 28 residency credits on campus, while the rest can be completed through online courses.

Theological Education That Keeps Debt Down

Ministry work can bring limited financial reward. That's why we encourage wise financial stewardship as you pay for school. It might surprise you to learn that a minority of our students utilize loans, with most choosing instead to pay out of pocket, with scholarships, or via a monthly payment plan. Look into your options for financial aid.

MDiv Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • A completed application for admission and all admissions materials

If you do not have a bachelor's degree or do not meet one of the requirements above, contact an Admissions Counselor to explore alternative MDiv admission requirements.