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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 Associate Professor
     deansoffice@bethanyseminary.edu     765-983-1815

 

Tara Hornbacker

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

 

Larry Taylor
(MDiv Connections)

LarryOriginally, I was ordained to ministry by the Lewiston Church of the Brethren (Minn.) and later went on to earn a PhD in psychology, and am now a third year Master of Divinity (MDiv) student at Bethany. Having been a church planter for several decades, a Bible college director for a half-dozen years, and a pastoral psychotherapist for a lengthy season, I felt attracted to explore the possibility of hospital chaplaincy because of the challenges afforded me in Bethany's ministry formation classes, which were the catalyst to deeper understanding, broader theological reflection, and openness to the call of God.