The M.Div. at PTS

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree is a professional program that prepares individuals for ordained ministry and general pastoral and religious leadership in congregations and other settings. Our flexible M.Div. program can be taken on a full-time or part-time schedule through day or evening courses. 

Our Master of Divinity coursework offers deep integration between classical theological disciplines and the missional nature of ministry. Throughout this seminary degree program, we encourage students to engage in deep theological reflection that considers historical and current contexts.

The program provides opportunities and tools for vocational discernment and nurtures spiritual formation in the Christian tradition.

Master of Divinity
The M.Div. program provides opportunities and tools for vocational discernment and nurtures spiritual formation in the Christian tradition.

“The classroom is our laboratory. It is where we journey together; where we can ask hard questions we might otherwise be afraid to ask.” 

Dr. Jennifer Kaalund, Professor

Students in the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program benefit from contextual learning through Field Education and a required cross-cultural experience. During the year-long Field Ed course and ministry placement, students integrate coursework and firsthand experience with the Church’s mission in the world at hospitals, nonprofits, special agencies, and churches in urban, suburban, and rural locations.

The January and Summer Terms offer M.Div. students the flexibility to explore electives, deepen their writing skills, learn more about their own faith tradition and others, plus experience a cross-cultural mission trip. These transformative experiences throughout the seminary degree include two classes in spiritual formation the first year, two semesters of field education during the second year, and up to six electives as a senior. 

MDiv student in library

ABOUT THE M.DIV. PROGRAM 

  • Our M.Div. program can be taken either part or full time with day and evening classes available. 
  • A low student-to-faculty ratio enables close interaction with dedicated scholars and teachers, encouraging and mentoring students on their journey to a career in Christian ministry. 
  • With the largest theological library in the tri-state area, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary offers unmatched resources for students to research and explore a variety of theological topics. 
  • 81 Credit Hours
  • 3-6 Years
  • 27Courses

requirements

  • Coursework in Scripture, theology, history, and ministry
  • Biblical language (two for PCUSA candidates) or English Bible exegesis
  • Year-long Field Ed course and placement 
  • Cross-cultural experience
  • Vocational discernment and formation

CAREERS WITH AN M.DIV. DEGREE 

A seminary degree can lead to a variety of careers, and our M.Div. graduates are well-prepared to serve God in many ways! 

  • Ordained pastoral ministry in new and historic congregations
  • Further graduate studies at seminaries or universities
  • Lay ministry service
  • Denominational leadership
  • Mission worker
  • Chaplaincy (military, hospital, hospice, prison)
  • Non-profit management
  • Church planting
  • Entrepreneurial work

M.DIV. CERTIFICATES, CONCENTRATION, AND JOINT DEGREES 

Alongside their M.Div. courses, students have the opportunity to customize their seminary degree in an area of interest like church planting, urban ministry, or Episcopal/Anglican Studies. With our joint degree programs, students could combine the M.Div. degree with another professional degree in the areas of social work and law.

LEARN MORE ABOUT PITTSBURGH SEMINARY’S M.DIV. PROGRAM

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity degree prepares students to serve in various Christian ministry roles, including congregational ordained ministry. Our seminary coursework is a dynamic combination of theological study, spiritual formation, and career-ready skillbuilding.

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