Master of Divinity

Although the M.Div. degree is the traditional degree sought by men and women preparing to serve the Church as pastors, this degree can be utilized within several other arenas such as (but not limited to), chaplains, teachers, nissionaries, spiritual directors, campus ministers, church planters and non-profit or para-church leaders. The program is designed to meet these Student Learning Outcomes in your development as a Christian leader.

The Master of Divinity degree is built upon our institutional core of Bible, Theology and History courses. This foundation allows you to then craft your degree with specialized classes around a chosen concentration, a deeper appreciation for the biblical text through the study of Hebrew and/or Greek languages, and the formational experience of our unique cohort program.

Students earning the Master of Divinity degree must complete 144 quarter hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. Take a look at the various concentrations available within the Master of Divinity program.


Wondering what makes an MDIV from Ashland any different from other seminaries? There is plenty, but one major component is our Cohort program. Students spend an entire year in cohort classes which are designed to position them for personal transformation and to develop leadership in many practical aspects of pastoral ministry. A small group experience is led by veterans of pastoral ministry who create space for spiritual growth, prayer, support, and appropriate challenging to stretch your understanding of the role of the pastor and to assist you in the development of your unique calling.

The cohort is available to students after they have completed a minimum of 24 quarter hours (6 courses) with five of those courses being from the Seminary Core, a student may enroll in the Cohort.

MDIV Videos

Bill McCallion

Bill's college years were filled with the stereotypical drinking, drugs, and girls, but a community of believers found him and made all the difference. Now, as Bill ministers to college students, God is using that grace-filled story to help others.

Kelsey Jones

Kelsey began her undergraduate journey with dreams of law school, but God showed up in a big way and changed the rest of her life.


The MDiv program will take you on a transformative journey of personal formation, biblical and theological inquiry, and relational growth. By exploring biblical languages, you will open scripture’s voice for the church today. The #1 reason our students chose Ashland among all seminaries is our commitment to spiritual formation. You will learn to lead out of the changes God has made and is making in your life.

Who to Contact

Miles Larson 419-207-6977