The Anderson University School of Theology Master of Divinity degree is the basic ministerial leadership degree for those preparing for ordained ministry. This 81 hour degree program provides a broad preparation for ordained ministry with a solid seminary curriculum in Bible, church history, theology, mission, and pastoral ministry.
The purpose of the seminary Master of Divinity degree is the spiritual and intellectual formation of people in the Christian ministry of biblical reconciliation in both the church and society.
The MDiv seminary degree has been designed especially for men and women who are called to serve as pastors of traditional congregations as well as serving in the emerging church, institutional chaplains, missionaries, and denominational leaders. The specific goals of this degree are that its graduates will:
- Demonstrate the ability to accurately read: scripture and other literature of humanity, as well as congregational and cultural contexts.
- Behave with Christian integrity.
- Demonstrate ongoing interpersonal relationships that are caring, supportive, collaborative, and ethical.
- Serve in a ministry position or enroll in further graduate education.
- Be adequately prepared for biblical preaching and teaching, pastoral care, mission, evangelism, leadership in the church, worship (including ordinances, weddings, and funerals), and church administration.
The Anderson University School of Theology faculty has carefully developed an MDiv curriculum plan intended to assist all students to reach the five goals listed above. The MDiv degree is designed not only to help a person prepare for ordained ministry, but to help them as leaders to equip others for ministry within the life of the church.