United Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity in Methodist Studies

If you are a member of the United Methodist Church, this Master of Divinity program will prepare you for ordained and non-ordained positions within the denomination. Whether you are called to pastoral leadership, chaplaincy or lay leadership, this program will steep you in the Wesleyan theological tradition and give you the skills you need for faithful, effective ministry.

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

  • Ordained ministry as an Elder or Deacon in the United Methodist Church
  • Employment in a United Methodist church
  • Employment in the Conference
  • Employment in UMC-related institutions as a program director, associate pastor, Christian education director, youth ministry director, admissions director, publishing house editor, Wesley Foundation director, overseas missions director, or similar positions.

To be eligible for ordination in the UMC, students pursuing the MDiv in Methodist Studies must take all courses on campus as residential students. Consequently, courses taken through our hybrid or online-Zoom options will not count toward UMC ordination.


United’s MDiv at a Glance

  • 72 credits
  • Twenty-four 3-credit courses, including one field experience
  • Final thesis or project 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)

Program Guide Sheet

Formation 2 Intro to Spiritual and Personal Formation

Organizational Leadership and Administration

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

The Theology of Wesley

Constructive Theology

Ethics/Justice 2 Christian Ethics

Choose one:

  • Comparative Religious Ethics
  • Theology for Social Transformation
Cultural Contextualization 1 Choose one:

  • World Religions
  • Global Christianities
Arts and Theology 1 Choose one:

  • History of Arts and Theology
  • Theological Interpretation of the Arts
Social Transformation 1 Leadership and Strategies for Social Change
Integration 1 Capstone Seminar
Vocational Contextualization & Skills* 8 Interreligious Pastoral and Spiritual Care

Preaching and Your Public Voice

Worship of the Church

Missiology and Evangelism

CD1624 United Methodist Church Doctrine and History**

United Methodist History and Polity

Church Internship

CPE Ministry Practicum


* Recommended by Denomination:

  • Faith Formation
  • Social Enterprise

** Consortium course taken through Luther Seminary.


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