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Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Degree Program

Our flagship degree, the Master of Divinity prepares nearly 40% of our students to serve in ministry around the world. Through a wide array of courses, this comprehensive degree will give you the skills and foundation that you need for effective ministry in a variety of settings.

Hamilton Campus

Our flagship degree, the Master of Divinity prepares nearly 40% of our students to serve in ministry around the world. If you feel called to vocational ministry, to nurturing and growing churches locally and internationally, taking the Bible seriously through intensive study, and sharing the Word of God faithfully, the M.Div. is designed for you. Through a wide array of courses, this comprehensive degree will give you the skills and foundation that you need for effective ministry in a variety of settings.

Special Tracks:

  • Anglican/Episcopal studies
  • Educational ministries
  • Urban ministries
  • World missions
  • Youth ministries

Students will be prepared to meet ordination requirements for many Protestant denominations in the U.S., as well as service in chaplaincy programs (military, hospital, national parks and others).

Students may opt to pursue a Master of Theology (Th.M.) as a capstone year of focused ministry preparation after completing the M.Div.

Typical Student

As the primary degree for ministry preparation, the Master of Divinity generally draws students desiring to enter full-time vocational ministry. The student body is made up of a diverse group of people from different ethnicities, countries, denominations and phases of life. Because of its flexibility and diversity, the M.Div. is also a great option for students still exploring their call.

Potential Careers

  • Pastoral ministry
  • Missions
  • Chaplaincy

Graduates have also applied their M.Div. in the marketplace, public policy, education, research, public service, medicine, dentistry, law and Hollywood (yes, Hollywood).

Program Distinctives

  • Access to other top-tier institutions, including Harvard Divinity School and Boston University School of Theology, through the Boston Theological Institute
  • Mentored Ministry component provides supervised practical ministry opportunities
  • Emphasis on the study of original biblical languages
  • Development of a firm biblical foundation to equip students for effective ministry
  • World-renowned faculty members training new leaders in the Church
  • Emphasis on global engagement provides opportunities for hands-on missions experience

Program Details

Sample Courses

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Boston Campus

Our flagship degree, the Master of Divinity with a concentration in Urban Church Ministry prepares nearly 40% of our students to serve in ministry. Through a wide array of courses with a unique urban emphasis, this robust degree will give you the skills and foundation that you need to effectively proclaim God’s redeeming work in the context of the city. If you feel called to vocational ministry in an urban context, to nurturing and growing multi-ethnic churches, and understanding and meeting the needs of urban communities, the M.Div. is designed for you.

Students will be prepared to meet ordination requirements for many Protestant denominations in the U.S., as well as service in chaplaincy programs (military, hospital, national parks and others).

Students may opt to pursue a Master of Theology (Th.M.) as a capstone year of focused ministry preparation after completing the M.Div.

Typical Student

As the primary degree for ministry preparation, the Master of Divinity with a concentration in Urban Church Ministry generally draws students desiring to enter full-time vocational ministry. The student body is made up of a diverse group of people from different ethnicities, countries, denominations and phases of life. Because of its flexibility and diversity, the M.Div. is also a great option for students still exploring their call.

Potential Careers

  • Pastoral ministry
  • Missions
  • Chaplaincy

Graduates have also applied their M.Div. in the marketplace, public policy, education, research, public service, medicine, dentistry, law and Hollywood (yes, Hollywood).

Program Distinctives

  • Access to other top-tier institutions, including Harvard Divinity School and Boston University School of Theology, through the Boston Theological Institute
  • Mentored Ministry component provides supervised practical ministry opportunities and carries course credit
  • Rigorous courses offered during evenings and weekends to accommodate your schedule
  • Emphasis on the study of original biblical languages
  • Academic programs contextualized to the needs of the city
  • Convenient class locations in downtown Boston, and in cities across New England
  • Emphasis on deep spiritual formation, global engagement and practical training
  • Various courses offered in Spanish, French, Haitian-Creole and Portuguese

Program Details

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*Degree can be completed with 3 years of full-time study, but may span longer if pursued part-time.

Charlotte Campus

Our flagship degree, the Master of Divinity prepares nearly 40% of our students to serve in ministry around the world. If you feel called to vocational ministry, to nurturing and growing churches locally and internationally, taking the Bible seriously through intensive study, and sharing the Word of God faithfully, the M.Div. is designed for you. Through a wide array of courses, this comprehensive degree will give you the skills and foundation that you need for effective ministry in a variety of settings.

Special Tracks:

Students will be prepared to meet ordination requirements for many Protestant denominations in the U.S., as well as service in chaplaincy programs (military, hospital, national parks and others).

Typical Student

As the primary degree for ministry preparation, the Master of Divinity generally draws students desiring to enter full-time vocational ministry. The student body is made up of a diverse group of people from different ethnicities, countries, denominations and phases of life. Because of its flexibility and diversity, the M.Div. is also a great option for students still exploring their call.

Potential Careers

  • Pastoral ministry
  • Missions
  • Chaplaincy

Graduates have also applied their M.Div. in the marketplace, public policy, education, research, public service, medicine, dentistry, law and Hollywood (yes, Hollywood).

Program Distinctives

  • Mentored Ministry component provides supervised practical ministry opportunities and carries course credit
  • Quality contextualized theological education and hands-on training
  • Rigorous courses offered in various formats (evenings, weekends, week intensives and online/hybrid) to accommodate your schedule
  • Convenient, economical and innovative adult education system
  • Renowned, highly qualified and experienced faculty
  • Emphasis on the study of original biblical languages
  • Enhanced library services with capability to access theological databases from your home
  • Access to research and annual lectureship series through The Robert C. Cooley Center for the Study of Early Christianity
  • Access to library resources and classes at other top-tier institutions through the Carolina Theological Consortium

Program Details

Degree requirements

Completion time: 3 years of full-time study (may span longer if pursued part-time)

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Jacksonville Campus

Our flagship degree, the Master of Divinity prepares nearly 40% of our students to serve in ministry around the world. If you feel called to vocational ministry, to nurturing and growing churches locally and internationally, taking the Bible seriously through intensive study, and sharing the Word of God faithfully, the M.Div. is designed for you. Through a wide array of courses, this comprehensive degree will give you the skills and foundation that you need for effective ministry in a variety of settings.

Students will be prepared to meet ordination requirements for many Protestant denominations in the U.S., as well as service in chaplaincy programs (military, hospital, national parks and others).

Typical Student

As the primary degree for ministry preparation, the Master of Divinity generally draws students desiring to enter full-time vocational ministry. The student body is made up of a diverse group of people from different ethnicities, countries, denominations and phases of life. Because of its flexibility and diversity, the M.Div. is also a great option for students still exploring their call.

Potential Careers

  • Pastoral ministry
  • Missions
  • Chaplaincy

Graduates have also applied their M.Div. in the marketplace, public policy, education, research, public service, medicine, dentistry, law and Hollywood (yes, Hollywood).

Program Distinctives

  • Mentored Ministry component provides supervised practical ministry opportunities and carries course credit
  • Quality contextualized theological education and hands-on training
  • Rigorous courses offered during evenings and weekends to accommodate your schedule
  • Convenient, economical and innovative adult education system
  • Renowned, highly qualified and experienced faculty
  • Emphasis on the study of original biblical languages
  • Access to library resources and classes at other top-tier institutions through the Carolina Theological Consortium and the Boston Theological Institute

Program Details

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Spotlight Alum

“Knowing that I wanted more training to equip me to serve effectively as a missionary and pastor, I followed the advice of Chuck Swindoll by choosing a school not only for the cost or location, but for the quality of faculty. Being able to study under respected scholars and heroes, such as Dr. Haddon Robinson, I found Gordon-Conwell to be the perfect fit for me.”

Grant Buchholtz, M.Div./Th.M. ‘09
Missionary | Japan