Prepare for the Pulpit and Beyond

Whether you’re called to ordained parish ministry or board-certified chaplaincy, the versatile Master of Divinity degree at United will prepare you to be an effective and compassionate faith leader in our ever-changing world.

An MDiv will increase your proficiency and leadership within your current vocational context, enabling you to integrate ministerial competencies in preparation for congregational or denominational ministry, justice work, launching your own ministry or nonprofit, and even secular contexts.

Degree Overview

MDiv Program Details

Required Credits

To graduate with an MDiv degree, you will be required to complete twenty-four 3-credit courses—for a total of 72 credits—including one field experience (e.g., internship, practicum, CPE, etc.).

Time to Complete

This 72-credit program can be completed in as few as 3 years if you maintain a full-time course load of 24 credits per year. Most people attend part-time, taking two 3-credit courses per term—18 credits per year—completing the degree in 4 years.


The MDiv program does not require a final thesis or project, though you can choose to complete a thesis as an elective course.

Distance Learning

All MDiv concentrations can be completed entirely through distance learning. All courses have the option to attend classes either in person or via Zoom, and many courses can be taken completely asynchronously with no required class meetings.

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Learning Outcomes

A graduate of United’s Master of Divinity degree program will be able to:

  • interpret a selected passage from a selected religious text from multiple historical and contemporary perspectives and using one or more critical methods, demonstrating understanding of the influence of their own situatedness on that interpretation;
  • critically interpret, analyze and reflect on a selected theological text or perspective in its historical context as well as through the lens of modern questions and challenges;
  • construct a theological perspective that is rooted in their particular context and faith tradition, is meaningfully engaged with other perspectives, and is creatively responsive to the contemporary situation;
  • apply to their vocational context or academic study an appropriate critical analysis of and reflection on a selected moral dilemma from a variety of Christian OR interreligious ethical perspectives;
  • construct a theological perspective that is rooted in their particular context and faith tradition, is meaningfully engaged with other perspectives, and is creatively responsive to the contemporary situation;
  • critically analyze and reflect on the religious history and theological perspectives of a selected population historically marginalized by the dominant voices of their religious traditions;
  • articulate a personal statement of values and ethics as a leader and develop an appropriate mission, vision, strategy, staffing, finances, fundraising, and marketing plan for a congregation OR develop a social enterprise project that utilizes a theory of change model, business concept generation, and a proposal to test the model;
  • evaluate one’s spiritual development in light of one’s own “sources of the self” and religious horizons;
  • identify, transform, and/or create specific sources of spiritual power that resist human degradation and enhance human life;
  • critically analyze and reflect on the global expressions of religions in relation to their own faith tradition;
  • articulate an informed understanding of the historical use of the arts as a means of theological or religious expression and reflection OR an informed understanding of the complex relationships among art, culture and religion;
  • analyze a historical or contemporary artistic or cultural work for the ways it expresses spiritual and religious ideas;
  • interpret cultural and vocational contexts and identify strategic points of leadership for social transformation;
  • develop an effective plan for a social transformation initiative that includes a needs assessment, strategies and plans that address those needs, a communications plan, and a plan for acquiring needed resources;
  • demonstrate a reflective awareness of how theological study and practical learning at seminary has shaped and empowered oneself as a religious leader;
  • demonstrate the capacity to intervene articulately and persuasively in one’s existing field of ministry / religious leadership in a way that a) responds to some real-world problem or question and b) integrates the knowledge and skills cultivated in seminary; and
  • demonstrate effective academic theological research and writing skills.

“My theological training at United is helping prepare me as a scholar and as a minister and very few seminaries actually do both! United has allowed me to grow in ways that I could have never imagined.”

Chance Martinez-Colon – MDiv, UCC Studies; DMin Student

Master of Divinity Concentrations

United’s MDiv Degree offers the following areas of concentration:


Interreligious Chaplaincy
Social Transformation
Theology and the Arts
Church Leadership
Presbyterian Studies
Lutheran Studies
UCC Studies
UU Studies
UU Studies and Social Transformation
Humanist Studies
Interreligious Chaplaincy—Islamic Focus
Spiritual Direction
Biblical Studies
Religion and Theology
General Studies

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