United Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity in UCC Studies

United is one of six seminaries recognized by the UCC General Synod for its special commitment to the United Church of Christ (UCC).

The Master of Divinity in UCC Studies program will prepare you — in collaboration with your Committee on Ministry and local church — for pastoral ministry and ordination as an Authorized Minister in the UCC. The program has been designed in collaboration with the Minnesota Conference Committee on Ministry but should be generally applicable to other regional Committees on Ministry within the national UCC, though you should confirm this with your authorizing bodies.

Note: Completion of the United UCC Studies MDiv does not in itself fulfill the requirements of ordination. Any additional requirements should be noted in conversation with your Committee on Ministry and/or local ordaining church.

This program may be a good fit for you if you are interested in ordained ministry in the UCC, including but not limited to the following roles:

  • Congregational pastor
  • Chaplain in a hospital or other professional setting (with the addition of chaplaincy certification)
  • Validated ministry in educational institutions
  • UCC denominational work at the 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 UCC 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

History of Modern Theologies

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

Faith Formation

UCC History, Theology and Polity

One Elective

Church Internship

CPE Ministry Practicum



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