United Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity in Theology and the Arts

Drawing on both theology and the imagination, the Master of Divinity in Theology and the Arts program will prepare you for the classic functions of ministerial leadership, such as leading worship, preaching, providing pastoral care, forming people of faith, and leading a congregation. Using the arts as the primary lens, the program will enable you to lead a congregation or religious organization with practical skills that draw upon creativity and innovation.

If your career focus is on academia or work in museums, galleries or other arts institutions, rather than preparing for ministry, check out the MA in Theology in the Arts.

This program may be a good fit for you if you are interested in drawing upon the power of the arts for a career in:

  • Ordained ministry
  • Denominational service
  • Other forms of ministry, such as chaplaincy (with the addition of chaplaincy certification)



In addition to achieving the core MDiv degree learning outcomes, a graduate of the MDiv in Theology and the Arts program will be able to:

  • apply the arts to their ministerial or vocational context in a way that demonstrates an informed understanding of the use of the arts as a means of theological or religious expression and reflection;
  • articulate an informed understanding of the historical use of the arts as a means of theological or religious expression and reflection:
    • articulate an informed understanding of the complex relationships among art, culture and religion;
    • analyze a contemporary artistic or cultural work for the ways it expresses spiritual and religious ideas;
    • express a studied theological or religious concept, question, or issue via an art form;
  • craft, deliver, and reflect on a sermon or public address that demonstrates effective speaking form/style and content based on a selected context;
  • articulate strategies for effective pastoral and spiritual care OR youth ministry, OR construct and deliver a faith formation curriculum OR worship service 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 path.


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 MDiv concentrations, including Theology and the Arts, 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
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
One Practices of Ministry elective
Three additional electives
History of Arts and Theology
Arts Praxis Seminar
Choose one:
Congregational Internship
Ministry Practicum
CPE Internship*
* Although not specifically required for degree completion, Interreligious Pastoral and Spiritual Care must be completed to be eligible for CPE registration.


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