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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!

Steven SchweitzerSteven Schweitzer, Academic Dean and Professor     765-983-1815


Tara Hornbacker

Tara Hornbacker, Professor of Ministry Formation, Missional Leadership, and Evangelism     765-983-1817


Bekah Houff
Master of Divinity

BekahWhat is ministry? In my eyes ministry is in the pulpit, in the classroom, on the streets, your job at the post office, a local restaurant, or a coffee shop anywhere God calls you to be a ministering person. For me, this year, ministry means a non-traditional (not in a congregation) placement involving lots of administrative work as I serve the South/Central Indiana District of the Church of the Brethren as District Youth Director for the next eight months.