The Master of Divinity Program: A Brief Overview

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program prepares persons for service in a variety of settings as ordained pastors in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) or for service in similar leadership positions in other denominations.  The program provides the necessary tools and resources for the spiritual, vocational, professional, and theological requirements of pastoral leadership.

This program prepares students to:

  • Demonstrate engagement in spiritual, intellectual and ethical formation
  • Interpret God's Word faithfully and thoughtfully as public speakers, listeners and writers
  • Analyze cultural contexts for ministry
  • Lead a congregation in worship and the pastoral arts
  • Relate their denominational tradition in context
  • Integrate theological conversation and experience in order to collaborate with peers in ministry in an evangelical, ecumenical and interfaith manner
  • Engage the multicultural, global church in calling for justice and proclaiming God's love for the world

The Masters of Divinity degree program requires completion of a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent, at an accredited institution of higher learning.  It may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis and students may either live on campus or commute.

Overall Degree Requirements

The MDiv degree normally requires four full years of study:

  • two years of academic study
  • a third year of internship
  • followed by a final year of integrative academic work

The degree requires a total of 90.5 credits and three field education requirements:

  • teach parish
  • clinical pastoral education (CPE)
  • internship
Ecumencial Requirements
At some point in the course of study, ELCA students will complete at least three credits offered by an accredited non-ELCA seminary.  Courses offered by a Washington Theological Consortium school are a primary way for students to fulfill this ecumenical requirement.

Leadership Requirements
During the January Term students normally fulfill Multicultural Studies Program and Human Relations requirements.  A required seminar on sexual ethics is offered each year, normally in September.

Requirements for Admission and Application Process 

Application Materials

Cost of Attendance

Financial Aid