United Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity General Studies

This flexible Master of Divinity General Studies Degree program prepares you for ministry in a variety of contexts. It’s ideal if you are not following a predefined ordination track, or if you wish to pursue an MDiv but are not seeking ordination. It allows you to customize your curriculum to meet your vocational goals.

If you are seeking ordination from a denomination with rigorous curricular requirements, the MDiv in Church Leadership may be the better program for you.

This program may be a good fit for you if you plan to pursue:

  • Ordained ministry in a denomination with flexible ordination requirements
  • Ordination in a non-denominational church
  • A non-ordained ministerial position
  • A Ph.D. from a seminary or divinity school that requires an MDiv for admission to the Ph.D. program



In addition to achieving the core MDiv degree learning outcomes, a graduate of the General Studies program will be able to:

  • craft, deliver, and reflect on a sermon or public address that demonstrates effective speaking form/style and content based on a selected context;
  • effectively apply specialized practices of ministry to their ministerial or vocational context according to their religious tradition; and
  • achieve their self-defined practice of ministry goals that are appropriately based on the requirements of their denomination or other vocational paths.


United’s MDiv at a Glance

  • 72 credits
  • Twenty-four 3-credit courses, including one field experience
  • A final thesis or project is not required, but you can use an elective to pursue either
  • Can be completed in three years if you take a full-time course load (24 credits per year)
  • Most MDiv concentrations, including General Studies, can be completed entirely via distance learning

Program Guide Sheet

Religious Texts 4
Hebrew Bible 1: Orientation
Hebrew Bible 2: Contextualized Interpretation
New Testament 1: Epistles, Acts, and Revelation
New Testament 2: Four Gospels
Theological Tradition 4
Religious and Theological Interpretation
History of Christian Theologies
History of Modern Theologies
Constructive Theology
Ethics/Justice 2
Choose one:
Christian Ethics
Comparative Religious Ethics
Choose one:
Queer and Trans Theologies
Black and Womanist Theologies
Formation 2
Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation
Organizational Leadership and Administration
Cultural Contextualization 1
Choose one:
Global Christianities
World Religions
Arts and Theology 1
Choose one:
History of Arts and Theology
Art, Religion, and Contemporary Culture
Social Transformation 1 Leadership and Strategies for Social Change
Integration 1 Capstone Seminar
Vocational Contextualization & Skills 8
Preaching and Your Public Voice
Three Practices of Ministry electives
Three additional electives
Choose one:
Congregational Internship
Ministry Practicum
CPE Internship*
* Although not specifically required for degree completion, Introduction to Pastoral and Spiritual Care must be completed to be eligible for CPE registration.


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