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

Facing the Dust Together: What Kate Bowler’s “Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Loved)” Taught Me about Ash Wednesday

February 14, 2018

For a few years, my middle child was afraid of Ash Wednesday. He’d sit patiently through the homily, mumble along with Psalm 51 as best he could, but balk at the main event: the imposition of ashes. So he’d stay behind in the pew while his brother, sister, and whichever parent wasn’t leading worship filed forward to receive the oily, ashy smudge. The mystery of his fear was finally solved, when he asked, “Doesn’t it hurt?” “What makes you think it hurts?” I asked. “Ashes are hot.” I could see the undulating glow of burning embers in his imagination, and I understood. “Oh, no,” I said. “We order them, and [...]

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Don’t Be a Hero! And Other Guidelines for Choosing a Lenten Discipline

February 8, 2018

How should you decide what you are going to give up—or take up—for Lent this year? Here’s my plan: I’m going to wake up an hour earlier than usual, depriving myself of sleep and devoting that hour to prayer; read meditatively through the whole New Testament, paying particular attention to living the Sermon on the Mount; fast from sweets and chips, as usual, as well as from meat and Pinot Noir; write letters of encouragement to friends, family, and all my far-flung enemies; and call P. twice a week, whom I assiduously avoid during ordinary time, as penance. And do all of this before 7:00 a.m. each day. (Sorry P.—that’s [...]

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