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B.A./B.S. in Pastoral Ministry & Master of Divinity
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Department of Christian Ministries

B.A./B.S. in Pastoral Ministry & Master of Divinity


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Divinity
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate

+38 credits

required for program

+38 credits

+38 credits

required for program

Equip yourself with deep and practical knowledge of scripture and gain the added value of a Master of Divinity degree upon graduation. In only five years, you can earn a Pastoral Ministry degree and a Master of Divinity -- a combination that will increase your influence as you go out to lead for Christ. You’ll leave the program with an understanding of biblical interpretation, theology, and Christian discipleship. You’ll also be prepared to teach, preach, counsel, and lead effectively.

Why choose the accelerated Master of Divinity at Northwestern?

Through this accelerated program you can earn a Master of Divinity one year after your bachelor’s degree – an effective, affordable way to pursue your calling to pastoral ministry. Save $20,000 in tuition by completing 38 graduate credits during your undergraduate program. The remaining credits may be completed on site or online during a final year of graduate study.

Courses are taught by qualified instructors with extensive pastoral experience. When you complete this program you will be prepared to serve in general pastoral ministry or as a future member of a church planting team, ready to hit the ground running in your ministry career.

Because of the rigorous and accelerated nature of this program, we encourage you to discuss this opportunity with your enrollment advisor and our faculty team as soon as possible. If you desire to have a Master of Divinity added to your professional arsenal, you must first apply to Northwestern to be admitted and then submit a dual degree B.A. or B.S./MDIV. program application. Dedicated scholarship funds are available for this program for qualified students and are provided in addition to the Northwestern financial aid package.

If you want to serve others, feel that you are called by God to spread the Gospel, and are interested in a career working as a pastor, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will develop a passion for God’s written word and be prepared to spread the good news to others.

Some classes include:

  • Leadership in Ministry
  • Care and Counseling in Ministry
  • Communicating the Biblical Message
  • Systematic Theology I and Systematic Theology II
  • Interpreting the Gospels and Interpreting the Pauline Epistles
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Careers in pastoral ministry

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in pastoral ministry.

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M.Div.

is the standard degree for senior leadership and teaching in a church setting

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faster than separate bachelor's and master's programs

$20k

saved in approx. graduate tuition

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