Master of Divinity, M.Div.


The Master of Divinity program is designed to help you grow as a faithful interpreter and communicator of God’s Word, a pastoral leader who empowers God’s people toward active participation in God’s mission, and a gracious participant in a worldwide, multiethnic, multigenerational Christian community.


become a missional pastor and faithful teacher with a customized area of focused competency

What will I learn?

At Northeastern Seminary, you will grow as a missional pastor and dynamic church leader through innovative online and classroom experiences in the Master of Divinity program. Develop a deeper understanding of the Bible and an aptitude for shaping healthy worship communities in courses that are Biblically-based, expertly taught, and holistically supported.

  • Gain contextual experience in multiple ministry settings that fit your vocational goals.
  • Complete an integrative program capstone that prepares students for ministry placement.
  • Customize your degree with an elective competency built around your vocational goals:
    • Christian Spiritual Formation
    • Certificate in Chaplaincy
    • Transformational Leadership
    • Theology and Social Justice
    • Advanced Biblical Studies
    • Denominational Studies including Free Methodist, Nazarene, United Methodist, and Wesleyan

The Great Conversation

At the center of your Northeastern experience is a great, ongoing conversation. Listen to the voices from throughout time and around the world as you consider what it looks like to live as a Gracious Christian, fulfilling your purpose in God’s ongoing work of restoring wholeness to the world.


Explore the Curriculum

Specialize Your Master of Divinity

Within the Master of Divinity curriculum is the opportunity for you to add an elective competency designed to meet the needs of your ministry context.

Advanced Biblical Studies

Advanced Biblical Studies

Complete a competency in Advanced Biblical Studies to go deeper in your scriptural studies to better understand the text in its original language and context. You will develop an aptitude for identifying contemporary cultural and social concerns and the ways that they are illuminated and critiqued by the Gospel.



Earn a Certificate in Chaplaincy as part of your M.Div. program. You will step outside of the classroom to complete Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) units in a hospital or health care facility, psychiatric and rehabilitation centers, or veteran or congregational settings. Northeastern will transfer in 1 unit (6 credits) towards your M.Div. degree.


Christian Spiritual Formation

Christian Spiritual Formation

Complete a competency in Spiritual Formation to assess the formational impact of personal and communal events, traditions, and dispositions. Gain a greater understanding of classic Christian spiritual practices and how to lead others in communal worship, scripture meditation, retreat, journaling, service, Sabbath, and spiritual direction.

Theology & Social Justice

Theology & Social Justice

Complete a competency in Theology & Social Justice to grow as a peacemaker and community advocate. You will grow your capacity to lead the church and society in responding appropriately to the effects of poverty, violence, war, sexism, and discrimination on families, society, and the world.

Transformational Leadership

Transformational Leadership

Complete a competency in Transformational Leadership to champion change in your organization, grounded in well-developed biblical, theological, and leadership realities. You will develop the ability to interpret the rapidly changing culture and to design and implement strategic initiatives to meet today's challenges.

Denominational Studies

Denominational Studies

Complete a custom course of study designed to meet your denomination's educational requirements for ordination. Members of Free Methodist, Nazarene, United Methodist, and Wesleyan churches can follow pre-approved curriculum for their denomination. If your faith tradition is not listed, encourage your leadership to consider joining the Seminary's Partner Program.


Upcoming Class Starts

  • Monday, January 18, 2021 | Spring Session 
  • Monday, May 24, 2021 | Summer Session
  • Monday, August 30, 2021 | Fall Session
Ready to Learn More?

Seminary class size

Class Size

Under 25 Students

Meet a Faculty Member

Fred Johnson

Fred Johnson, Sr., D.Min.
Director of Field Education and Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry

Rev. Dr. Fredrick Johnson, Sr., serves as senior pastor at First Genesis Baptist Church in Rochester, NY. Under his pastoral leadership, the First Genesis Baptist Church has experienced membership and spiritual growth. Read more...

Alumni Success

Alma McKee

Alma McKee '13
Chaplain Resident, Strong Memorial Hospital

Kayleigh Schumske

Kayleigh Schumske '16
Family Life Pastor, Pearce Memorial Church

Angel Lebron

Angel Lebron '17
Senior Pastor, Overflow Christian Ministries

Tunya Griffin

Tunya Griffin '12
Pastor, Community Organizer, and Women's Empowerment Activist

Doug Milne

Doug Milne '10
Lead Pastor, Grace Church of the Nazarene

Marlena Graves

Marlena Graves
Writer, Activist, Adjunct Professor, Winebrenner Seminary

Wanda Wilson

Wanda Wilson
Executive Director, Open Arms Christian Fellowship Ministries

Jeff Cappello

Jeff Cappello
Co-Pastor, Nash Road Free Methodist Church

Margaret Cappello

Margaret Cappello
Co-Pastor, Nash Road Free Methodist Church

“Northeastern Seminary provides a resource for pastors who are trying to minister and fill the social and economic voids of their community. This program challenges the church to be the body of Christ. To serve those who are struggling financially, the families that are split, the homeless youth, the drug addicted, and to respond to issues that go beyond knowing how to preach a sermon.” ~Kayleigh Schumske, M.Div. ’16

What Master of Divinity Graduates Say





Between understanding and action, you join in God's mission of restoration.

Class Space is Limited

So don't delay in completing your free online application to Northeastern Seminary.

Tools for Success

You will find support to achieve your vocational and academic goals throughout your Seminary journey.

Seminary Learning Center

Learning Center

writing assistance, disability services, individualized academic support

Seminary I.T. Helpdesk

I.T. Helpdesk

available 24 hrs/day

Seminary Advising

Academic Advising

course schedule planning for graduation, vocational placement and mentoring

Seminary Library

Golisano Library

research and classroom resources


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