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Master of Divinity

Equipping individuals with the theological, pastoral, and practical skills necessary for leadership roles in churches and communities.

Interested in receiving an overview of the program with specific courses, costs, and academic plans?

M.Div. Program Overview

The M.Div Program is 80-credits of coursework that will give students a deeper understanding of the bible and an aptitude for shaping healthy worship communities. The Masters in Divinity is the primary professional degree of the pastoral profession in North America and the most recommended credential if you are feeling called towards ordination or a vocation in ministry.  

In the M.Div curriculum, students will select their courses from our pastoral ministry and biblical Interpretation sections while following our seminary-wide core curriculum, The Great Conversation, which dives into the history of our faith while being responsive to the culture, encouraging participants to rediscover their own roots in Christian Spirituality.

Follow Your Calling With a Pastoral Degree & Add an Elective: 


Advanced Biblical Studies

Go deeper in your scriptural studies to better understand the text in its original language and context. Develop an aptitude for identifying contemporary cultural and social concerns and the ways that they are illuminated and critiqued by the Gospel.



Step outside of the classroom to complete hands on training via Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) units in a hospital or health care facility, psychiatric and rehabilitation centers, or veteran or congregational settings.


Denominational Studies

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.


Spiritual Formation

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

Grow as a peacemaker and community advocate. Increase 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

Champion change in your organization, grounded in well-developed biblical, theological, and leadership realities. Develop the ability to interpret the rapidly changing culture and to design and implement strategic initiatives to meet today's challenges.

M.Div. Program Cost

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Total Program
Sticker Price: $47,970

Less than 15% of students
pay this amount

98% of students who applied
for a scholarship received one

What Are Students and Alum Saying About Their Studies?

Northeastern Seminary is a resource for pastors who are not just preaching a sermon but also ministering to fill the social and economic voids of their community. Seminary programs teach the church to be the body of Christ by serving those who are struggling financially, the families that are split, the homeless youth, and the drug addicted.

Kayleigh Schumske, Master of Divinity Graduate

I decided to go to seminary because I wanted to be a full-time minister. This degree is the essential foundation and key to making that happen.

Dingli Chen

After taking courses, I feel I can make, more connections throughout Scripture because we are moving through the story. Seeing Creation as the foundation for all that has transpired has changed how I think.”

A Northeastern Seminary Student

Service to the Church & the World

To believe that a theological seminary does not exist for its own sake, but exists rather to serve and resource the church of Jesus Christ

Learn more about our online M.Div. program

Whether you join us on the Rochester campus or online, the Master of Divinity degree at Northeastern Seminary offers a dynamic experience that will provide the practical skills, experience, and spiritual strength to teach and inspire your Christian communities. Transfer your passion for ministry into a pastoral degree that prepares you for life in ministry. 

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