Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Program

Come nurture your calling at Northeastern Seminary to pastor disciples of Christ. Our Master of Divinity offered online and in Rochester NY, helps you grow as a faithful interpreter 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 diverse Christian community.


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



Typically completed in 3 years, the M.Div. program will channel this calling into practical ministry tools, leadership experiences, and spiritual growth, transforming you into a dynamic church leader. Our Master of Divinity degree, both online and on-campus, is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

Amplify Your Calling With A Pastoral Degree

Over the 80-credit M.Div. program, students will develop a deeper understanding of the Bible, and build an aptitude for shaping healthy worship communities. If you are called to become ordained and undertake professional ministry as a vocation, the Master of Divinity degree is the most common credential required as part of that professional process. 

Alongside the Pastoral Ministry and Biblical Interpretation sections of the curriculum, our seminary-wide course sequence The Great Conversation explores the voices of Christian history and develops your sense of Christian spirituality. Divinity students also have the opportunity to customize their pastoral degree to explore an aspect of ministry. Elective competencies include: 

  • Certificate of Chaplaincy-provides required Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Christian Spiritual Formation-explores Christian faith and spirituality
  • Transformational Leadership-examines Biblical leadership and organizational change
  • Theology and Social Justice-focus on community advocacy 
  • Advanced Biblical Studies-offers further theological context and training
  • Denominational Studies-parallels the required coursework for ordination in the Free Methodist, Nazarene, United Methodist, and Wesleyan traditions

Our Master of Divinity program works to provide a theological education that is also grounded in the practical realities of professional ministry. We offer our students contextual experiences in a ministry setting relevant to their vocational goals and a program capstone focused on ministry placement. 


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 24, 2022 | Spring Session 
  • Monday, May 30, 2022 | Summer Session
  • Monday, August 29, 2022 | Fall Session
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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

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

Why Northeastern Seminary?

At Northeastern Seminary, our Master of Divinity degree can be molded to your aspirations as a pastor and Christian leader. With a stackable curriculum that is also offered online, a variety of Master of Divinity students have found success at the Seminary, including part-time students and students connected with the military.  Our range of elective competencies and our dual degree M.S.W/M.Div. program provides numerous opportunities to customize your pastoral degree to your vocational plans.  

Throughout your M.Div. program, the greater Seminary community offers bolstering spiritual renewal, time and space to delve into deep questions, and a supportive cohort of peers. Our degree meticulously balances theological knowledge, pastoral ministry skills, and personal spiritual formation to comprehensively prepare you for the ordination process and a lifelong career in Christian ministry.


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

Learn More About Our Online M.Div. Program

Whether you join us in Rochester or online, the Master of Divinity degree at Northeastern Seminary offers a dynamic experience that will provide the practical tools and spiritual strength to lead Christian communities. Translate your calling to ministry into a pastoral degree that prepares you for professional ministry.

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