Department of Christian Ministries
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 knowledge of Scripture and gain the added value of a Master of Divinity degree upon graduation. You can earn a Pastoral Ministry degree and a Master of Divinity in five years. This combination will increase your influence as you go out to lead for Christ. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of biblical interpretation, theology, and discipleship. You’ll also be prepared to teach, preach, counsel, and lead effectively.

This degree might be the right fit for you if you

  • want to serve others
  • feel called by God to spread the Gospel
  • want to be a pastor

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. This is 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. You can complete the remaining credits on site or online during a final year of graduate study.

Qualified instructors teach with extensive pastoral experience. This program will prepare you to serve in pastoral ministry positions or equip you to be on a church planting team.

Talk to your enrollment advisor and faculty as soon as you can. To earn a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, you must first apply and be accepted into Northwestern. If you want to earn a Master of Divinity, you must apply and be accepted to Northwestern first. Then you apply to the dual degree B.A. or B.S./MDIV. program. Dedicated scholarship funds are available for qualified students in addition to financial aid.

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

1-2 Years

faster than separate bachelor's and master's programs


saved in approx. graduate tuition

What will I learn?

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

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