Master of Divinity


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The Master of Divinity degree (MDIV) remains the normative degree to prepare persons for ordained ministry and for general pastoral and religious leadership responsibilities in congregations and other settings.


Having completed the Master of Divinity, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical and faithful interpretation and responsible use of Scripture in appropriate ministry and professional settings.
  • Establish communal and personal disciplines that nourish Christian spiritual and moral formation.
  • Form a missional vision of kingdom ministry within multi-cultural and multi-faith contexts.
  • Demonstrate critical theological reflection that is biblically faithful, historically grounded, contextually relevant, and integrated with life and ministry.
  • Develop ongoing practices of justice that bear witness to the full scope of the kingdom of God.
  • Exhibit effective ministry skill sets related to intended areas of service.


Students earning the Master of Divinity degree must complete 80 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. The full MDIV degree is offered at the Ashland Campus, Cleveland Center, Columbus Center, and Detroit Center. Two-thirds of this degree may be completed online.

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Location(s) Offered:

Ashland Campus
910 Center Street
Ashland, OH 44805

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


MDIV Degree Worksheet

Degree Design



Preliminary and Summative Coursework

FLD 6601 Field Study Introduction1 hour
FLD 6601 Field Study Introduction1 hour
FLD 6602 Field Study (2).5 hour
FLD 6603 Field Study (3).5 hour
FLD 6610 Field Study Capstone1 hour

Spiritual Formation Courses

SPF 5541 Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines2 hours
SPF 5542 Spiritual Formation Core (2): Prayer2 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 Well Being 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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