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.
“The classroom is our laboratory. It is where we journey together; where we can ask hard questions we might otherwise be afraid to ask.”
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.
A seminary degree can lead to a variety of careers, and our M.Div. graduates are well-prepared to serve God in many ways!
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.
Master of Divinity courses are generally three credit hours. When followed on a full-time basis (12-13.5 credits/semester, plus required J-Terms), the M.Div. program is completed in three academic years. Student pastors are encouraged to spread their seminary degree work over four academic years. The three- and four-year outlines in this PDF.
The purpose of the M.Div. program at PTS is to form theologically reflective leaders with the habits, skills, and knowledge to lead Christian communities as they participate in the gracious life and mission of the Triune God.
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.