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Divinity

  • Master of Divinity
  • Graduate
  • Online
76 credits
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Join passionate Bible teachers in a comprehensive, pre-doctoral program that combines biblically-based evangelical theology with Christian ministry. The Master of Divinity program meets ordination requirements for pastor or chaplain positions, and it will prepare you for further doctoral studies and for church or parachurch ministry.
92%
of Northwestern graduates felt professionally prepared by their education
14:1
Class size ratio
Excellent
career outlook for divinity students

Why study divinity at Northwestern?

You will learn from caring faculty who are theologians and ministry practitioners themselves. Some of our professors are internationally known experts on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Old and New Testaments, minor prophets, and more. Here you will gain the knowledge, character, and competencies needed for effective ministry and further education.

During this program, you will experience dynamic discussions in a rich, non-denominational setting and be involved in ministry through internships with the option to apply to an outside Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program for your field experience.

For students who have not yet earned their Bachelor's degree, Northwestern offers an accelerate option through the B.A./M.Div. Dual Degree. You can ear your Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry through undergraduate courses in a traditional day-school format and a Master of Divinity, after completing a fifth year, through the Graduate Studies Program.

The M.Div program is available completely online or in a blended learning format and can be completed in 42-46 months.

In addition to courses in Bible exposition, theology, and Christian ministry, the program allows you to select an emphasis (12 credits) in Theological Studies, Biblical Studies, Organizational Leadership, Education, or Human Services for a more specialized educational experience.

If you enjoy serving others, want to gain a deeper understanding of the Bible, and feel that God has called you to lead the church, our Master’ of Divinity degree can help you achieve your goals.

What will you learn?

You will learn to analyze, think critically, communicate effectively, and advance your knowledge of Scripture.

Some classes include:

  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Biblical Theology
  • Leading and Organizing Ministry
  • Pastoral Ministries
  • Religious Heritage and Church Polity
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The professors walk with us as we wrestle with different theological perspectives, without too much of a heavy hand. A lot of schools waver on values or seem uncomfortable discussing them, but Northwestern doesn’t. It’s not in your face, but they hold fast to their values.

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