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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.
Students should be able to understand and critically interpret scripture, history, and Christian theology.
Students should be able to analyze local and global contexts and respectfully explore culturally non-
dominant perspectives in light of Christian tradition.
Students should be able to show growth in personal faith, emotional maturity, and moral integrity.
Students should be able to employ practical theological reflection and exercise skills in ministry.
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.
|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|
|Introduction to Theological Study for Ministry||3|
|Formation for Ministry I||1.5|
|Formation for Ministry II||1.5|
|Total credits in Required Courses||45|
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|
|Total credits in Free Electives||9|
|MDiv Integrative Seminar||3|
|Total credits in Integrative Seminar||3|
Total credits: 84
“Practicum” denotes practical education experience within a course. The emphasis within a practicum is the practice of specific ministry skills. This may take place in a classroom, chapel, a local church, or other appropriate setting. Practicums may vary in number of hours from 20 to 70 hours.
“Field Education” denotes 20 hours of practical education experience within a course that takes place outside of the regular classroom setting. The emphasis in field education is learning that takes place through interaction with people and organizations related to the field of study.
“Immersion” denotes at least 50% of class time will take place outside of the traditional classroom setting. Immersions typically involve more field education than practicum.
Colloquia Credits: MDiv 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.
Important Admission and Financial Aid dates
NOTICE: If you intend to apply for scholarships as an incoming student you MUST meet the early application deadline.
August 14, 2020
August 15, 2020
August 24, 2020
October 1, 2020
MTS School Code G10529
|November 30, 2020
Spring 2021 Scholarship Application deadline & Spring 2021 Early Admission deadline
|January 15, 2021
MTS Spring 2021 Admission deadline
|January 16, 2021
Spring 2021 New Student Orientation
|January 25, 2021
First Day of Spring 2021 Classes
|April 30, 2021
Fall 2021 Admission deadline for DMin program
|May 31, 2021
Fall 2021 Scholarship Application deadline & Fall 2021 Early Admission deadline for Masters & Certificate programs
|August 13, 2021
MTS Fall 2021 Admission deadline for Masters & Certificate programs
|August 14, 2020
MTS Fall 2021 New Student Orientation
Learn more about this certificate through the Methodist House of Studies.
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
Director of Admissions
Fekecia is a graduate of The University of Tulsa (2004) and of Memphis Theological Seminary (2012). She currently serves as Youth Minister at St. Andrew AME Church in Memphis, TN.
Rev. Walter Henry
Enrollment Services Assistant
Luke graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies and Politics from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Rev. Dr. Felecia R. LaVant