United Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity in Presbyterian Studies

If you are a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA), this Master of Divinity program will prepare you, in collaboration with your Committee on Preparation for Ministry, for pastoral leadership and ordination as a Teaching Elder.

This program may be a good fit for you if you plan to pursue ordained ministry as a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), including, but not limited to, such roles as:

  • Pastor of a local congregation
  • Chaplain in a hospital or other professional setting (with the addition of chaplaincy certification)
  • Validated minister in an educational institution
  • PC(USA) denominational work at a local, regional, national or international level


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)
  • Most concentrations, including Presbyterian Studies, can be completed entirely via distance learning

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

Classics of Protestant Reformed Theology

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

Faith Formation

Worship of the Church

Access to Biblical Hebrew

New Testament Greek

Presbyterian History, Worship and Polity

Church Internship


* Recommended by Denomination: CPE Ministry Practicum.

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