Biblical and theological competency.

The Master of Divinity degree is the historical standard in academic preparation for both vocational ministry and advanced theological study. We designed our program to develop essential biblical and theological competencies in leaders of congregations and other ministries. The Master of Divinity degree is also an attractive option if you are interested in building a foundation for more advanced study.

The program emphasizes the study and interpretation of Scripture in the original languages, broad theological knowledge and the development of essential ministry competencies. Most students will complete 8 credits of Ministry Residency as part of the specialization. This will be both practical and applicable ministry experience. 

Course Plan

Our program checklist breaks this program into modules and lists the courses required for each module. Depending on how many classes you want to take each semester, the average Master of Divinity student completes the program in 4-6 years. The average full-time student takes 12 credits per semester; the average part-time student takes six credits per semester.

  • Overview

    • School: Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
    • Division:  Bible, Religion & Ministry
    • Degree Type: Master of Divinity
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Career Opportunities

    • Pastoral Ministry
    • Youth Ministry
    • Mission Work
    • Church Planter
    • Bible Translator
    • Non-profit Ministry
    • Leadership
    • Chaplaincy
    • Pastoral Counseling

    Program Details

    The 94-credit program consists of:

    • 35 Bible Credits including both the Greek and the Hebrew Language
    • 20 Theology Credits
    • 13 Ministry Leadership Credits
    • 15-17 Credits of a Specialization
    • 9-11 Credits of General Electives
  • Program Specializations

    • Academic Track
    • Chaplaincy Ministries
    • Formation and Soul Care Ministries
    • Intercultural Ministries
    • Pastoral Ministries
    • Small Group and Discipleship Ministries
    • Student and Family Ministries

  • Internship Opportunities

    Students who need help locating a residency site can contact the GRTS Receptionist for a list of over 60 sites who have either previously hosted a student or who have expressed interest in hosting a student.