Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program prepares men and women as pastor-theologians to provide theologically informed pastoral leadership to various ministries in the Church. Wondering what you can do with an M.Div. degree? Read about the ministries of our students and alums.

Students who enroll in our Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program are immersed in fieldwork during their second year, where they get experience in highlighting the Church’s responsibility to the world at hospitals, nonprofits, special agencies and churches (urban, suburban, and rural).

About the M.Div. Program

  • With the largest theological library in the tri-state area and our low student-to-faculty ratio, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary offers an unmatched amount of resources for students to research and explore on their journey to a rewarding and fulfilling career.
  • Our 111 credit-hour program (equivalent to 74 semester credits) can be taken either part or full time with day and evening classes available. 
  • Students who graduate from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary pursue a wide variety of creative ministries in the Church, parachurch, and professional settings.

Careers for M.Div. Grads

In addition to ordained pastoral ministry, graduates of our M.Div. program have gone on to pursue further graduate degrees at seminaries. Others have become chaplains in military, hospital, hospice, and prison settings. Still others have managed non-profit organizations, become church planters, and explored other entrepreneurial work. Some have used their degree in lay ministries and others have become denominational leaders. Additional grads have become mission workers. Our M.Div. students feel called to serve God in many ways!

M.Div. Certificates and Joint Degrees

In addition to the M.Div. degree, students can also peruse an emphasis in church planting, graduate certificate in urban ministry, or combine the M.Div. with another professional degree in the areas of social work, public policy, and law.

M.Div. Program Requirements

  • 111 credit hours (equivalent to 74 semester credits)
  • One biblical language; two biblical languages for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) students
  • Field Education
  • English Bible Content Examination

"One of the great strengths of this seminary is that even though we have world-class faculty, they still have a real heart for the work of the church. Many of them have actively served the church so they're able to really help us to see everything we're doing in the classroom in context of what we will be doing as we work out our callings to God's kingdom." - Laura Blank '13

Pittsburgh Seminary Blog

Did We Really Do Things Better Back Then?

November 17, 2017

On the Field I got to the soccer field five minutes before the end of practice, in time to hear the closing strains of a plaid-skirted mother’s rant to her friend about the way they teach math these days: “So I said, why are you beginning with centimeters? How hard is it to carry the ones?” (I’m just reporting what I heard, folks, not trying to make sense of it.) At first annoyed—get over it—I then dropped my stone and let it roll away, for I’ll admit it: I do the same thing. They did everything better when we were young. In the Classroom Take teaching a kid to play the [...]

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The Master of Divinity Will Challenge You

September 22, 2017

Getting my Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a lot like the video for Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime”. No, really, stay with me here. If you’ve not seen the video, it features Talking Heads’ lead singer, David Byrne, wearing an ill-fitting suit with a bowtie and a pair of horn-rimmed glasses that would make George McFly jealous. He is visibly uncomfortable, sweating, seemingly out of breath, engaging in what could charitably be called dancing against a wavy turquoise background. Byrne spasms arrhythmically, epileptically, twitching and lurching like a marionette trying to avoid enemy fire, all the while talk-singing in a cadence reminiscent of a [...]

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