Here at Memphis Theological Seminary, we make it our mission to educate and sustain men and women for ordained and lay Christian ministry in the church and the world through shaping and inspiring lives devoted to scholarship, piety and justice.
Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree at Memphis Theological Seminary is the standard path to ordained ministry and is an 87 hour degree. Students can expect a minimum three-year program of study that includes classroom instruction and hands-on experience through immersions and practicums. Its curriculum acquaints students with theological disciplines and encourages communal exploration in the life of the church, so that graduates will serve the church as leaders in greater faithfulness to God. LEARN MORE . . .
Master of Arts (Religion)
Master of Arts Youth Ministry
The Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degree at Memphis Theological Seminary is a 48-hour degree. It is a cohort experience, where students are grouped with 12-16 peers who will journey together as they learn about youth ministry and theology. Students will experience community and create relationships that will encourage them as they grow. A new cohort forms each year and joins two other cohorts already in years two and three of their residency to create a community of 36+ MAYM students. The courses rotate each year, allowing a student to complete the degree over six semesters (three years). LEARN MORE . . .
Doctor of Ministy
The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree is available for ministers who have a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited seminary and who desire a higher level of competence in the practice of ministry. Designed to increase the ability of servant leaders to analyze and reform ministry and to empower constituents for discipleship in the world, it is the highest degree in the practice of ministry. LEARN MORE . . .
Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counseling Certificate
This certificate program aspires to prepare Christians to offer competent counseling services to individuals, families, and groups who struggle with the effects of Substance Use Disorders. The program offers the number of hours that the Tennessee State Board of Alcohol and Other Drugs of Abuse Counselors requires for licensure as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. Students who complete all six courses receive the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counseling Studies. LEARN MORE . . .
Netters Certificate in Ministry
The Dr. James L. Netters Certificate in Congregational Ministry is a certificate program designed for persons who are active in congregational life, but not interested in pursuing a Masters level degree. This certificate program aspires to prepare Christian leaders (lay and clergy) to offer competent leadership in congregational life. This program provides high-level theological education for associate ministers, Sunday school teachers, committee chairpersons and others who serve the church. LEARN MORE . . .
Rev. Melissa Malinoski
Director of Admissions
Melissa graduated from Bethel University in 1999 and from Memphis Theological Seminary in 2002. As an ordained Cumberland Presbyterian minister, Melissa has served congregations in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. She is married to Rev. T.J. Malinoski. They are the parents of a son, Morgen and a daughter, Madeline.
Joanna completed her undergrad from Southwest Baptist University in 2010 and a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry in 2013 from Memphis Theological Seminary. She has worked and served in youth ministry since 2007. Missouri CP Presbytery certified her as a Youth Minister in the Fall of 2013. She and her husband Neal moved from Nashville to Memphis in the summer of 2015 and love living in the Midtown area.