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)


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 Theology and the Arts, 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

History of Modern Theologies

Constructive Theology

Ethics/Justice 2 Choose two:

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

  • World Religions
  • Global Christianities
Arts and Theology 1 Theological Interpretation of the Arts
Social Transformation 1 Leadership and Strategies for Social Change
Integration 1 Capstone Seminar
Vocational Contextualization & Skills 8 Preaching and Your Public Voice

Choose one:

  • Worship of the Church
  • Interreligious Pastoral and Spiritual Care
  • Faith Formation
  • Youth Ministry

Three Electives

History of Arts and Theology

Arts Praxis Seminar

Choose one:

  • Church Internship
  • Ministry Practicum
  • CPE Ministry Practicum*

* 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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