The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program provides holistic formation and biblical preparation for ministry or advanced theological study. Whether you sense a calling to pastoral ministry, mission work, Bible translation, pastoral counseling, chaplaincy or leadership, the M.Div. combines academic rigor, intentional spiritual formation and relevant ministry skills to ready you for your vocation.
Following God's call means learning to hear God speak. Through course work in theology, church history, biblical languages, interpretation of Scripture and the spiritual disciplines, our expert faculty challenge you to more deeply understand the Christian worldview and your own spiritual journey. As a result, the seminary experience prepares you to serve people with the heart of Christ.
The M.Div. program requires completion of 94 credit hours, including two semesters of basic instruction in Greek and Hebrew and an extensive study of ancient biblical backgrounds. With flexible scheduling options that include on-campus, online and accelerated classes, completion of this self-paced degree program takes approximately three to six years.
We encourage you to arrange your course plan in a way that fits your own desired course loads, interests and available dates and times. The average full-time student takes 12 credits per semester; the average part-time student takes six credits per semester.
In-Depth Learning Experiences
The pursuit of your calling and the process of training for ministry offer opportunities for new experiences outside the context of a traditional classroom or the familiarity of your first language. To support you in the development of essential ministry competencies, the M.Div. program offers you options to:
- Complete required courses in Greek and Hebrew that train you to read the Bible in its original languages.
- Experience Israel and Palestinian territories in person—and meet a course requirement—during a faculty-led Israel Study Tour.
- Take part in hands-on, faculty-directed scientific archaeology research at our on-campus archaeological laboratory.
Personal Spiritual Formation
At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we're committed to more than your intellectual development; we also seek to form your character as a leader. To this end, student life in our diverse learning community provides you plenty of chances to:
- Worship and build community with fellow seminarians and professors during weekly chapel services.
- Participate in current conversation topics applicable to ministry at annual seminary events such as Thursday Evening Bible Class, Intercultural Studies Lecture Series and Talking Points.
- Attend informal gatherings in the homes of expert and personable professors who are invested in your growth as a seminarian and follower of Christ.
Practical Ministry Training
To help you establish a pattern of learning and serving, each seminary class is designed to equip you for service in the real world. In the process of discerning and refining your calling, we give you opportunities to:
- Customize your degree plan with a concentration in one of seven areas of ministry specialization.
- Apply your course work in the real world through our Ministry Residency requirement, an immersive experience that places you in a local ministry or nonprofit setting when you reach the mid-point of your graduate program.
- Network with urban ministry leaders at the on-campus Urban Church Leadership Center, a designated place to gather with local ministry advocates and city-based church leaders.
We're Here to Help You Explore Your Calling
Take the next step to explore your calling to seminary, personal strengths and future vocation. Call us at 800.697.1133 to request information about our Master of Divinity program and exclusive program scholarships. Or, you may schedule an in-person campus visit.