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:
Steven Schweitzer, Academic Dean and Associate Professor
Tara Hornbacker, Professor of Ministry Formation