Master of Divinity (MDiv)

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Prepare for ordained ministry
or leadership as a lay professional.

78 Semester Hours. 26 Courses. As few as 3 years.

Flexible Options.

Take classes in a traditional format at our campus in Dayton, OH, or complete coursework from wherever you live. The MDiv degree can be completed at a distance with as few as four weeks on campus over the course of the degree.*


*Residency requirements may vary by denomination. Most United Methodist students must complete 1/3 of their degree (26 semester hours) on campus. A three-year program can be completed at a distance by attending nine week-long intensives (three weeks on campus per year).

Flexible Curriculum.

United’s MDiv meets the requirements for ordination in most major Protestant denominations, though many graduates serve as lay professionals in a variety of fields, including chaplaincy, nonprofit leadership, teaching and social work. With 19 core courses (57 semester hours) and 7 elective courses (21 semester hours), gain a strong foundation and add electives that equip you to follow God’s call. Want to add a concentration to your MDiv? Use 4 of your 7 elective courses to specialize in the concentration that fits your calling.

CORE + 4 = MDiv with a Concentration

Infographic of United Theological Seminary MDiv course requirements

Degree Requirements

If you wish to combine online and on-campus courses to earn your Master of Divinity you must:

1. Complete New Student Orientation (online and in person)

2. Complete 78 hours of credits (57 core curriculum credits and 21 elective credits)

3. Residency (on-campus) requirements vary.

For a primarily online Master of Divinity, students can earn a degree with as little as four weeks of on-campus intensive courses over a three-year program. Most United Methodist students must complete 1/3 of the degree in residency. A three-year program can be completed with 9 on-campus courses (26 credits), or three weeks on campus per year.

4. Enroll in Hybrid Contextual Ministries as soon as you begin your MDiv if you plan to complete your degree in three years. All theological students (except MTS) must enroll in the Contextual Ministries Program, which consists of:

A. Professionally facilitated ministry group (MINgroup) that meets online and in one of the intensive week each term for five terms.

B. Ministry in a church or community site in your area (10 – 20 hours per week)

C. Formation courses

D. Contextual Theology Immersion Trip

For more information, please visit Contextual Ministries

5. Concentrations of study are available in Biblical Interpretation, Charismatic Studies, Church Planting, Ministry Leadership, Pastoral Care, Preaching and Wesleyan and Methodist Studies.

6. Non-Credit Requirements:

• Online Master Student Orientation
• On Campus Student Orientation
• Graduation Portfolio
• MDiv Mid-Program Evaluation
• MDiv Final Advising

7. For ordination requirements, please check with your denominational leadership.

Intensive Weeks

Intensive Weeks will be offered four times a year at our Dayton, Ohio campus so that students can complete the residency portion of their degree.

Included in the Intensive Week:

• Formation Retreats
• Communal worship and meals
• Grouping gatherings
• Intensive and Hybrid courses

Intensive Week Fees: There are some additional costs associated with Intensive Weeks. Please visit TUITION and FEES for more Information.

Housing: Lower prices have been negotiated at some of the hotels in the area. Please explore the Visitor Accommodation section of the website to make your own room arrangements for the week or contact the Academic Administrative Assistant.


Course Catalog and Planning Guide

The Course Catalog and Planning Guide is provided to assist students in mapping out their degree program at United. You can download these items from the right-hand sidebar menu on this page.

For additional help, contact us!

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