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Bethany's Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is a professional degree program designed to prepare persons for church-related ministries requiring ordination. This includes:

  • Pastoral Ministry;
  • Evangelists and church planters;
  • Chaplaincy programs in many settings;
  • Ecclesiastical ministries to many people; and
  • Many other vocations that one views as ministry.

The program combines hands-on ministry experience with classroom learning. The degree requires twenty-seven courses totaling eighty-one credit hours, covering four primary disciplines (Bible, Theology and History, Ministry, and Integrative) and the Ministry Formation sequence.

At the heart of the MDiv Program is Ministry Formation, a process of learning ministry by doing and reflecting upon ministry, to which the whole curricular program contributes. Ministry Formation features two supervised ministry experiences in two different ministry settings:

  • A nine-month part-time ministry placement during the second (middler) year;
  • A unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, a full-time intern year, or a prior, extended, or summer placement.  

You may obtain your Master of Divinity degree through traditional on-campus studies, or the MDiv Connections track of our highly-acclaimed and fully accredited distance education program.


For more information about a Master of Divinity at Bethany, refer to the Bethany Catalog, or contact:  Apply Now!
                         admissions@bethanyseminary.edu      800-287-8822

Steven SchweitzerSteven Schweitzer, Academic Dean and Professor
     deansoffice@bethanyseminary.edu     765-983-1815


Tara Hornbacker

Tara Hornbacker, Professor of Ministry Formation, Missional Leadership, and Evangelism
     hornbata@bethanyseminary.edu     765-983-1817


Jennifer Jensen
(MDiv Connections)

JenniferWhen my husband, parents, and I arrived at Bethany Theological Seminary for my long-awaited visit, I was giddy, to say the least! My whole life led to that moment and that weekend. I could not believe my dream was coming true! From the moment we arrived, we were treated with the utmost respect and hospitality. Not only did the staff and faculty put together an amazing weekend for me, they welcomed my questions, comments, or concerns we had and did it with complete openness which shined through in every person we visited. Everyone had a genuine interest in me, my husband, and my life. I truly felt like each person wanted to help me be sure this is where I was meant to be. I had the opportunity to sit in several classes, which was an absolutely remarkable and enlightening opportunity that only affirmed how excited I am to sit in those classes myself. In addition, I had the opportunity to visit with current students and recent graduates, getting a true sense of how Bethany affects and changes a person's life.