Master of Divinity


Who Should Consider the M.Div. Degree?

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree is designed for students who intend to enter full-time vocational ministry. This degree provides the most comprehensive program of study for the person who desires thorough theological and practical preparation. It is designed to be completed in 5-6 years part-time or 3-4 years full-time.


What Will I Study?

Ministry Formation Studies        Spiritual Formation (3 credits)
  Covenant Group (3 hours – 6 semesters of .5 credits)
  Homiletics & Worship (3 credits)
  Pastoral Ministry & Theology or Pastoral Care & Counseling (3 credits)
  Theology & Practice of Leadership (3 credits)
Biblical & Language Studies    Biblical Greek (3 hours)
  Biblical Hebrew (3 hours)
  Biblical Hermeneutics & Exegesis (3 hours)
  Interpreting the Old Testament (3 hours)
  Interpreting the New Testament (3 hours)
Theological & Philosophical Studies Introduction to Theological Studies (3 hours)
  Philosophy for Theology (3 hours)
  Introduction to Christian Ethics or In Search of Biblical Justice (3 hours)
  Modern & Contemporary Theology (3 hours)
Historical & Cultural Studies  Global Church History or Global Christianity & World Religions (3 hours)
  Historical Theology (6 hours)
  Baptist History & Identity (or other denominational tradition)  (3 hours)
Integrated Seminars     Two of the following courses: (6 credits)
  Who is God? (3 hours)
  Who is Jesus? (3 hours)
  What is Salvation? (3 hours)
  What is the Church? (3 hours)
  What is the Mission of the Church? (3 hours)
Elective Courses     (9 hours)
Ministry Experience and Internship Ministry Rotation (3 hours)
  Supervised Ministry (3 hours)
  Master’s Sermon (0 hours)


*Total credit hours = 75

*New curriculum requirements as of the 2019-20 Academic Catalog


What is the Spiritual Formation Focus?

An essential aspect of fulfilling Leland’s mission to “equip transformational leaders for the global ministry of Jesus Christ” is nurturing spiritual growth in students. Leland seeks to provide a structure and atmosphere that helps students to have the support and accountability necessary for both individual and corporate spiritual growth. Like anything, building community that encourages this kind of growth takes time and intentionality. To this end, Leland has set in place specific requirements for our students.

Spiritual Formation Class – M.Div. students are required to take the Spiritual Formation class during their first semester at Leland. Besides acquainting students with basic aspects of the history and practice of Christian spiritual formation, this class will provide a model for practicing spiritual disciplines within the context of a covenanted small group.

Covenant Groups – For six subsequent semesters, M.Div. students are required to continue participating in a covenant group (.5 credits) comprised of 4-7 other graduate students, which will meet seven times during the semester. The group typically reads a spiritual classic together and encourages one another in their spiritual practices. M.Div. students who wish to graduate in a shorter time frame may register for extra credits per semester, with added course requirements.

Community Life Events – M.Div. students are also asked to contribute to and benefit from the broader Leland community by participating in two required community life events each semester (or four per year). These events include the all-school gatherings that inaugurate each semester, Advent and Lent worship services, Theological Society meetings, and the Graduation ceremony.


What are the Admissions Requirements?

The John Leland Center for Theological Studies is committed to providing equal opportunity for all student applicants without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability. The decision for admission rests with the Admissions Committee. Admission into the Master of Divinity program is based on the following considerations:

  1. Attested commitment to the Christian faith manifested by a commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, membership and participation in a church and recommendation from Christian leaders.
  2. Attested commitment to ministry indicated by a written statement of vocational or ministry objectives and church endorsement.
  3. Demonstrated academic ability by a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized institution with an overall grade point (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Attested moral character evidenced by a life consistent with Christian principles and recommendations from Christian friends and leaders.

See Our Admissions Process for a more detailed description of the application process.


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M.Div. In A Nutshell

Credit Hours: 75

Vocational Focus: Ordained pastoral ministry, church staff, chaplaincy, parachurch and non-profit ministry

Curricular Focus: A comprehensive foundation in biblical, theological and ministry formation studies and practice.

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