The Master of Divinity prepares students to enter ministry as ordained religious leaders or as lay professional ministers. United’s program emphasizes bible, theology, ethics, evangelism, preaching and worship, ministry formation, church history, pastoral care and church renewal. It meets the requirements for ordination in most major Protestant denominations.
This program can be completed primarily online or through a combination of online and on-campus coursework. United’s Master of Divinity program includes rigorous coursework in both academic and practical disciplines, along with the intentional worship and community life necessary for personal and professional development in ministry. United offers optional concentrations in Biblical Interpretation, Charismatic Studies, Church Planting, Ministry Leadership, Pastoral Care, Preaching and Wesleyan and Methodist Studies.
57 Hours Required Courses
21 Hours Electives
• Online Master Student Orientation
• On Campus Student Orientation
• Graduation Portfolio
• MDiv Mid-Program Evaluation
• MDiv Final Advising
Time for Degree Completion
3 years full time study
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.
For ordination requirements, please check with your denominational leadership.
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.
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
• Intensive and Hybrid courses
Intensive Week Fees:
There are some additional costs associated with Intensive Weeks.
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 Office.
Some hotels provide free transportation to and from the airport. Please arrange this with the hotel.
Course Catalog and Planning Guide
The Course Catalog and Planning Guide is provided to assist students in mapping out their degree program at United.
Click below to view the most recent Course Catalog and Planning Guide.