Master of Divinity in General Studies

The flexible MDiv in General Studies program prepares you for ministry in a variety of contexts. It’s ideal if you are not following a predefined ordination track, or if you wish to pursue an MDiv but are not seeking ordination. It allows you to customize your curriculum to meet your vocational goals.

If you are seeking ordination from a denomination with rigorous curricular requirements, the MDiv in Church Leadership may be the better program for you.

This program may be a good fit for you if you plan to pursue:

  • Ordained ministry in a denomination with flexible ordination requirements
  • Ordination in a non-denominational church
  • A non-ordained ministerial position
  • A Ph.D. from a seminary or divinity school that requires an MDiv for admission to the Ph.D. program


Concentration Learning Outcomes

In addition to achieving the core MDiv degree learning outcomes, a graduate of the General Studies program will be able to:

  • critically interpret, analyze and reflect on a selected Christian theological text or perspective in its historical context as well as through the lens of modern questions and challenges; and
  • craft, deliver, and reflect on a sermon or public address that demonstrates effective speaking form/style and content based on a selected context.


United’s MDiv at a Glance

  • 72 credits
  • Twenty-four 3-credit courses, including one field experience
  • A final thesis or project is not required, but you can choose to complete a thesis as an elective course
  • Can be completed in three years if you take a full-time course load (24 credits per year)
  • Most MDiv concentrations, including General Studies, can be completed entirely via distance learning; many courses can be taken completely asynchronously


Program Course Guide Sheet for Academic Year 2023-2024

Religious Texts 4
Introduction to Religious Texts
Two 2000-level Religious Texts courses
Choose one:
Biblical Exegesis
One additional 2000-level Religious Texts course
Theological Tradition 4
Invitation to Theology: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty
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
Choose one:
Organizational Leadership and Administration
Social Enterprise
Cultural Contextualization 1
Choose one:
Global Christianities
World Religions
Arts and Theology 1
Choose one:
History of Arts and Theology
Art, Religion, and Contemporary Culture
Social Transformation 1 Leadership and Strategies for Social Change
Integration 1 MDiv Capstone Seminar
Vocational Contextualization & Skills 8
Preaching and Your Public Voice
Three additional Practices of Ministry courses
Three elective courses
Choose one:
Congregational Internship
CPE Internship*
Ministry Practicum
* Although not specifically required for degree completion, Introduction to Pastoral and Spiritual Care must be completed to be eligible for CPE registration.


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