Prepare for the pulpit and beyond with this versatile ministry degree. Whether you’re called to ordained parish ministry or board-certified chaplaincy, your MDiv at United will prepare you to be an effective,compassionate faith leader in an ever-changing world.
This 72-credit program can be completed in three years if you maintain a full-time course load (24 credits per year).
You will be required to complete twenty-four 3-credit courses, including one field experience (e.g. internship, practicum, CPE). The MDiv does not generally require a final thesis or project, although you could choose to use an open elective to pursue either.
Most MDiv concentrations can be completed entirely via distance learning. To be eligible for ordination in the UMC, students pursuing the MDiv in Methodist Studies must attend United course class meetings on campus.
The MDiv Degree Learning Outcomes detail the skills students develop over the course of the MDiv degree program.
United’s MDiv degree offers the following areas of concentration:
The “General Studies” concentration allows you to design your own experience in conversation with your advisor. The “Church Leadership” concentration is a generic church ordination preparation program; if you are seeking ordination and do not belong to one of the church traditions of our other ordination programs, you should pursue this MDiv degree option.
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