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The MDiv is a professional degree, preparing you for transformational leadership in ministry. The Hybrid-Online format offers flexibility to complete your MDiv at MTS while working or from a distance through a cohort model. In-person classroom experience with the convenience of online learning!


The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is a professional degree that prepares you to be a transformational leader in ministry. Theological instruction combined with hands-on ministry experience in immersive courses and practicums offers the knowledge and skills necessary for creative pastoral ministry through the integration of scholarship, piety, and justice. MTS is proud of its accessible class schedules, offering the full MDiv curriculum through traditional, night-track, or hybrid-online tracks.


  • Critically interpret Christian scripture, history, and doctrine to inform and guide ministry.
  • Employ theological reflection and exercise skills for ministerial leadership in light of cultural contexts and global realities within which the church carries out its mission.


  • Develop and sustain deeper self awareness and accountability for sustainable ministry leadership.
  • Be open to diverse perspectives and expressions of love for God, neighbor, and the creation.


  • View injustice in new and more complex ways because of transformational encounters with personal and systemic injustices.
  • Integrate ministry with critical, creative, and compassionate responses to injustice guided by religious faith.

Required Courses

Interpreting the Hebrew Bible 3
Interpreting the New Testament 3
Christian Heritage I 3
Christian Heritage II 3
Introduction to Christian Ethics 3
Context and Models for Mission and Evangelism (includes field education) 3
Theology and Practice of Worship (includes practicum) 4
Theology and Practice of Preaching (includes practicum) 4
Theology and Practice of Pastoral Leadership (includes practicum) 4
Theology and Practice of Pastoral Care 3
Introduction to Christian Education and Spiritual Formation 3
Formation for Ministry I 1.5
Formation for Ministry II 1.5
Clinical Practicum 3
Total Credits in Required Courses 42

Electives in Specified Areas of Study

Elective in Hebrew Bible 3
Elective in New Testament 3
Elective in Church History 3
Elective in Theology 3
Elective in Church History or Theology 3
Elective in Practice of Ministry 3
Elective in Practice of Ministry 3
Interfaith and Cultural Elective (including immersion) 3
Interfaith and Cultural Elective 3
Total Credits in Electives in Specified Areas of Study 21

Free Electives 

Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Total Credits in Free Electives 9

M.Div. Integrative Seminar                                                                                                                  3

                                                                                                                                                    Total Credits: 84

NOTE: Degree requirements listed here are for overview purposes only. Official degree requirements are found in the most current Academic Catalog or on current degree sheets.

Practicums are distributed throughout the curriculum so that students are grounded in ministry experience through the entirety of their course of study. There are practicums integrated into core courses on evangelism and mission, preaching, worship, and pastoral leadership. Additionally, there is a Clinical Practicum designed to give students pastoral care experience under supervision in a ministry setting.


Colloquia CreditsMDiv students are required to earn 8 theological colloquia credits. The colloquia are administration and faculty-approved events held on campus or other events approved by the student’s faculty adviser.

Requirements for Ordination: Memphis Theological Seminary offers additional courses that meet ordination requirements for certain denominations. Students seeking ordination should consult their denomination officials to ascertain current requirements and procedures.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Spring Semester
·      Early Deadline May 31 ·      Early Deadline November 30
·      Deadline August 10 ·      Deadline January 10

NOTICE: If you intend to apply for scholarships as an incoming student you MUST meet the early application deadline.

The Certificate in Wesleyan Studies nurtures Wesleyan theological formation within the ecumenical environment of Memphis Theological Seminary. For students, the certificate offers a way to focus a certain amount of their coursework on theological formation in the Wesleyan/Methodist tradition. Earning the certificate in Wesleyan Studies requires the completion of 15 hours of coursework in courses carrying the “Wesleyan Studies” designation (normally 5 three-hour courses). Earning the certificate in Wesleyan Studies also requires active participation in the Methodist House of Studies during the time period when the student is enrolled at MTS.

Learn more about this certificate through the Methodist House of Studies.

“I chose to attend Memphis Theological Seminary because I felt that it was the best seminary to help me to broaden my outlook on life and theology. The diverse student body and faculty of this seminary provides an experience that is like none other. This diversity, in lifestyles, as well as doctrinal views, sparks many lively theological discussions in class and outside of class, and this has truly helped me to define who I am and what I believe. I feel that Memphis Theological Seminary, is a wonderful institution for someone who is truly open to lively theological discussions and is willing to be challenged in their thoughts, and is willing to be pushed to truly understand why as well as what they believe. All of these are reasons that I selected Memphis Theological Seminary to continue my education.”
John R. McGough

Master of Divinity Graduate 2016


Have you considered entering the ministry or deepening your work in ministry but never thought you would have the time for school?

Memphis Theological Seminary now has evening graduate degree programs for the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts Christian Ministry!
Our fully accredited, graduate degree program makes it possible to follow your call even with a busy life.

Our new curriculum along with our the new schedule allows you to continue with your day job and go to school while earning a master’s degree.


We appreciate your interest in Memphis Theological Seminary. The MTS admissions staff is committed to supporting you in your theological journey. We are here to help you while you are discerning your call, considering degree and certificate options, and supporting you as you do ministry in the real world. At MTS we are committed to educating and sustaining men and women for ordained and lay ministry in the church and the world through shaping and inspiring lives devoted to scholarship, piety, and justice. Please don’t hesitate to ask how we can assist you along in your journey.

Rev. Fekecia Gunn

Rev. Fekecia Gunn

Director of Admissions

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Rev. Byron Forester

Rev. Byron Forester

Admissions Associate

Byron is a graduate of Bethel College (1974) and of Memphis Theological Seminary (2007). He serves as pastor of the Newbern, TN Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Roellen, TN Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Byron spends Monday mornings as a volunteer at Manna House, a place of hospitality for poor and unsheltered people, He and wife, Michelle Brown have three daughters. They live five blocks from MTS.

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