Master of Divinity - Ashland Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity


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Whether you are called to professional ministry directly out of college or as a second career, you desire to faithfully and prayerfully pursue a solid foundation of theological and real-life training. The Master of Divinity is the normative degree for ordained ministry or other religious leadership positions that call upon advanced academic preparation and spiritual formation.

Is the Master of Divinity program right for me? If you want to…

  • Apply critical and faithful interpretation of Scripture to ministry and professional settings, such as church, education, or chaplaincy
  • Establish disciplines in your personal life and in your community that nourish Christian spiritual and moral formation
  • Build a missional vision of kingdom ministry within a multicultural and multi-faith society
  • Develop effective skill sets specific to your ministry

... then the Master of Divinity program is right for you.


What to expect in the Master of Divinity program:

  • Opportunities to learn and serve in a multicultural context.
  • 80 credit hours, two-thirds of which may be earned online.
  • Full degree offered on four campuses: Ashland Campus, Cleveland Center, Columbus Center, and Detroit Center.


Location(s) Offered:

Ashland Campus
910 Center Street
Ashland, OH 44805

Columbus Center
1900 E. Dublin Granville Road
Columbus, OH 43229

Cleveland Center
6500 Rockside Road 
Independence, OH 44131


MDIV Degree Worksheet

Degree Design



Preliminary and Summative Coursework

FLD 6611 Field Study Introduction1 hour
FLD 6612 Field Study (2)1 hour
FLD 6613 Field Study (3)1 hour
FLD 6614 Field Study Capstone1 hour

Spiritual Formation Courses

SPF 5540 Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines4 hours

Core Courses

BSG 5501 Engaging Texts and Contexts3 hours
CHS 5500 Story of the Christian Faith3 hours
CTH 5520 Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God3 hours
ETH 5530 Christian Ethics3 hours
MSS 5501 Kingdom Mission in a Global Community3 hours
NTS 5511 Introduction to the New Testament3 hours
OTS 5511 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1)3 hours
OTS 5512 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 2)3 hours

Ministry Cohort

CLD 6630 Leading the People of God3 hours
CWP 5512 Worship and the Community of God3 hours
PCC 5520 Person in Ministry3 hours
PCC 5530 Pastoral Counseling and Care3 hours

Practical Studies Courses

BSG 5502 Encountering Scripture beyond Translations3 hours
CRE 5501 Forming the People of God3 hours
HOM 5511 Proclaiming the Word of God3 hours
EVG 5513 Evangelistic Practices3 hours

Elective Courses

OTS/NTS Elective3 hours
CHS/CTH/ETH Electives6 hours
Open Electives15 hours

Total Hours

80 hours

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Start Your Journey

The link below will direct you to the Ashland University Graduate School online application to apply to the Master of Divinity program.

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