Master of Divinity (MDiv) Pastoral Ministry Track

The Pastoral Ministry Master of Divinity (MDiv) program prepares missional ministry leaders for contemporary cultural settings.

The goal of this program is to produce leaders for God’s people who can be agents of new creation and responsible members of multiple conversations, fully committed to the mission of God, nurtured by Scripture’s witness to Christ, formed by the Gospel, led by the Spirit, humbly receptive, and defiantly optimistic.

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is the foundational degree for Christian vocation. BTS's professors employ a missional hermeneutic to their approach to theological study and practice. Missional theology and biblical studies are integrated so students can grasp the great sweeping narrative of God's redemption in every aspect of creation through Jesus Christ.

Are you short on time?

Of course, you are, however, the MDiv program meets one night a week and one Saturday a month and has no language requirements. We aim to cultivate people of character who can inspire other people, not just around the charisma of an organizational head but into the followership of Jesus as they follow our Lord. The goal of this pursuit is not just in church life, but in every area of life, in business, in medicine, in science, and in the arts such that societal transformation and economic justice are pursued and progressively achieved, so that God’s image and Kingdom are manifested in every human expression and activity.


  • Designed for working professionals - Classes are scheduled evenings and Saturdays
  • Cohort-based - encouraging dialogue, fostering relationships, and building unity
  • Intercultural learning experience at program completion

What can you expect from the Pastoral Ministry track?

Expect to be changed. The Pastoral Ministry MDiv is a three-year, cohort-based program, where students remain together throughout their studies. This provides the unique ability for students to work on team building in ministry while sowing into each other's lives. The classes are structured to provide practical and spiritual growth.

The cohort model is a powerful delivery format for professional development because it taps into students’ prior ministry experience, it is collaborative, and it occurs over a period of three years. Because students move through the program together, the quality of learning from one course to another is enhanced. Cohorts develop strong communication skills where students sharpen and challenge each other. This dynamic learning community produces the kind of deep learning, authentic contextualization, and relational wisdom that missional leaders need today.

Also, students will embrace spiritual formation through participation in five retreats (included in tuition) and an intercultural learning experience during their program.

What is an Intercultural Ministry Experience trip like?

"My Master of Divinity training at BTS helped me transition directly from a role as president of a successful business in New Jersey to a senior pastor position in Michigan. Our church is re-igniting its passion for Christ and currently walking through a vision and name change."
- Phil DiLernia, MDiv '05

Pastoral Ministry MDiv Curriculum

Biblical Studies - 24 Credits

  • Authentic Biblical Interpretation
  • Reading the Old Testament Missionally
  • Reading the New Testament Missionally (pre-req., Reading the OT)

Take 5 of These 6

  • Old Testament Pentateuch Book Study
  • Old Testament Prophets Book Study
  • Old Testament Writings Book Study
  • New Testamnet Gospels Book Study
  • New Testament Acts or Pauline Book Study
  • New Testament General Epistles Book Study

Theology - 18 Credits

  • Theology 1: God and Creation
  • Theology 2: Reconciliation and Redemption - (pre-req., MT1)
  • Christianity and World Religions
  • World Christian History 1
  • World Christian History 2
  • World Christian History 3

Practical Theology - 18 Credits

  • Formation and Mission
  • Community and Mission - (pre-req., Formation and Mission)
  • Leadership Development - (pre-req., Formation and Mission)
  • Organizations and Change - (pre-req., Leadership Development)
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Homiletics - (pre-req., 4 book study courses)

Integrative - 15 Credits

  • Senior Seminar (3 Credits)
  • Intercultural Learning Experience (7 Credits)
  • Retreats/IME Integrative Seminar (5 Credits)

Electives - 15 Credits

You may choose any five classes of your choice to complete elective requirement of 15 credits. Not all classes are offered at the same times each year.

Total Required Credits - 90

*Note: Students must pass the Bible Knowledge exam to qualify for graduation.


How long will it take to complete the MDiv program?

The Master of Divinity program can be completed in three years with a total of 90 credits. However, many students pursue the program on a part-time basis for all or part of their course of study. A comprehensive schedule of night classes allows for a flexible program of study.

What are the entrance requirements for the MDiv program?

BTS welcomes men and women who have or are about to complete a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Prior study in Bible or theology is not required. International applicants have additional requirements that are posted on our website .

The admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of academic ability, personal characteristics, and educational and ministry goals and objectives.

A great sign of a seminary is how far people will travel to go there. Personally, my 2.5 hours drive up from Baltimore to attend classes for the LEAD MDiv program was well worth the trip. In this program my faith and confidence in God grew - isn't that the way it is supposed to be? Part of the design of the LEAD program integrated team building, which is such an important skill for ministry. What a great new style of seminary.

– Tim Leary, LEAD MDiv 2004 InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

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