Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity is the standard theological degree offered by most seminaries and divinity schools in the U.S. It is typically a three-year program, which follows four years of undergraduate study. This overview will provide you with a snapshot of the courses you will be taking to complete your degree. The Clamp Divinity School seeks to be solidly biblical and intensely practical. As you will notice below, we have selected courses which exemplify this balanced approach to ministry.
The Master of Divinity is offered via three delivery modes, classroom, online, or students can mix delivery modes through our hybrid format. The program is designed to be convenient for persons who are already employed full-time and seek graduate education in a more accessible format and schedule.
The 75-hour Master of Divinity typically can be completed in 2 to 3 years. The maximum time for completing the graduate program is 8 years.
- Ministry Studies (33 Hours)
- Biblical Studies (18 Hours)
- Theological Studies (12 Hours)
- Electives (12 Hours)
Admissions and Requirements
Anderson University accepts students on the basis of academic qualification, character and evidence of the potential to benefit from the university experience. Each applicant’s record will be examined for evidence reflecting potential for intellectual and social growth, strength of character, and seriousness of purpose. The University considers all qualified applications without regard to race, religious creed, place of national origin, sex, disability, or ethnic group. Admission will be on a competitive basis, with the best qualified students receiving priority.
Official transcripts for all coursework leading to completion of a bachelor and/or graduate degree(s) from a regionally-accredited institution that demonstrates an acceptable undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
3 Recommendation Letters
One of the recommendation letters must be from the pastor/minister of the local church where the applicant is currently a member; if the applicant is the pastor, then the letter may come from another leader within the church.
A one page essay explaining the reason for your application and the potential impact of the MDIV degree on your ministry. The purpose of the essay is to establish the applicant’s motivation for pursuing the degree and the applicant’s professional goals.
Non-degree Seeking Student
Students who do not meet the prerequisites may also attend courses on a non-degree basis. Students must still complete the application process. Non-degree students will not receive academic credit, and courses will not apply toward an academic degree or be transferred to another institution.
Tuition and Financial Aid
The current cost of tuition is $325* per credit hour, or $936 for a three-hour course. The entire cost for the program comes out around $23,400. While institutional scholarships are not currently available for M.Div. students, such students can obtain educational loans through the Financial Aid office. We also have a selected list of potential scholarship opportunities.
*This amount is subject to change and dependent upon institutional discretion.
Why consider the Master of Divinity Degree?
At Anderson University, you are benefiting from the quality of one of the finest Christian universities in the nation. Anderson is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Regional accreditation is the national standard for education quality and is a mark of excellence.
We are committed to biblical fidelity and authority as a standard for life and ministry. We believe in the full truthfulness and inspiration of holy Scripture, which is the foundation for all we teach.
We emphasize leadership training. Compared to many seminaries – where you might have one course on church administration – the M.Div. at Anderson University requires three courses in leadership, dealing with practical issues like budgets, staff, working with volunteers, conflict management, managing change, and vision.
What’s the difference between the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and the Master of Ministry (M.Min)?
There are many similarities between the Master of Divinity and the Master programs. Both degrees are graduate level degrees with a focus on leadership. Both degrees will provide adequate training for vocational ministry. So how do you decide which is best for you?
What’s your end goal?
What type of training are you looking for? The M.Min. is designed for those already in full-time ministry who are ready for some advanced study. The Master of Divinity is a more robust degree for those who are considering advanced degrees. Most chaplaincy and doctoral programs require M.Div. level degrees.
What are your time constraints?
The M.Min. is a 42-hour degree whereas the Master of Divinity is a 75-hour degree. Our M.Div. focuses on the core competencies of pastoral ministry in greater depth. There is an emphasis on leadership, communication, biblical studies, evangelism, and church health. It also includes study of the biblical languages, Greek and Hebrew.