Master of Divinity – MDiv

The starting place for a variety of professional ministries, a Master of Divinity degree or MDiv may lead to careers such as pastor, teacher, evangelist, chaplain, and other church leadership and non-profit careers. Full-time students complete this program in three years. Educating the mind, heart, and spirit, the MDiv program provides a common core of intellectual and practical learning that readies students for a vocation of faith.

Students interested in the MDiv should also consider the MDiv/MAPT dual-degree program, which provides a unique opportunity to add an area of specialization in practical theology.

Required Courses


Each of these courses must be successfully completed to earn the MDiv degree:

Old Testament Interpretation I & II (6 credits)
New Testament Interpretation (3 credits)
Christian Theology I & II (6 credits)
Pastoral Care (3 credits)
Imagination & Resilience in God’s Changing World (3 credits)
Explorations (3 credits)
Cross/Roads (3 credits)
Supervised Ministry (6 credits)
Scripture Reading Practicum

General Electives


Distribution Requirements


One course from among a specified set of courses in each of the following areas must be successfully completed to earn the MDiv degree:

Biblical Greek OR Biblical Hebrew (3 credits)
Biblical exegesis using Greek or Hebrew (3 credits)
History of Christianities (3 credits)
American Religious History (3 credits)
World Christianities (3 credits)
Christian ethics (3 credits)
Christian education (3 credits)
Christian leadership (3 credits)
Preaching (3 credits)
Worship (3 credits)
Advanced Supervised Ministry or Practica courses (courses with significant practice components) (6 credits)


Columbia Theological Seminary’s MDIVprogram challenges students to look anew at Christian tradition and reflect upon its contemporary significance. It prepares them to transform that reflection into action with the people of God. From critical perspectives-biblical, historical-doctrinal, and practical-faculty and students examine the crucial challenges of ministry today. Biblical studies, theology, worship, church history, and pastoral leadership provide the grounding for dynamic ministry.

The MDIV program is a masters degree and has the following requirements: Application Materials Checklist.

Students in this program have the option of pursuing a dual degree with the Masters of Arts in Practical Theology degree program, allowing for further specialization in an area of ministry.

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