Master of Divinity.


Master of Divinity

Answer the Call

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree is a 78-credit degree program that provides professional graduate education for those seeking to be:

  • Ordained pastors or deacons
  • Congregational leaders
  • Community organizers or activists
  • Chaplains in hospital, university or prison settings

Rooted in the long tradition of Wesleyan and Methodist commitment to higher education, Drew’s MDiv prepares a learned Christian leadership in and for the world. Whether in full-time or bi-vocational ministry, graduates of this flexible and innovative program will be rooted in the Christian story and traditions, capable of effective and creative leadership and spiritually and socially resourceful for cultivating the radical gospel of Jesus Christ in, with and for the world.

Learn Together and Where You Are

At Drew we know that learning happens everywhere. This degree is designed to connect your learning in a ministry context, at Seminary Hall, in online video conference classrooms and in off-campus immersions. It can be completed in a combination of in-person and online learning organized in a mix of semester-long and intensive schedules. Although 3 years remains the most common timing for an MDiv, this degree can be completed in as little as 2 ½ years or can be taken part-time over 4 years.

Program of Study: Missional. Vocational. Adaptive.

The program consists of a gateway year, a vocational pathway and experimental and experiential learning that develops and deepens adaptive leadership skills.

Missional (18 credits)

Six required missional and multidisciplinary courses ground all students in religious heritage, theological and spiritual depth, moral integrity, pastoral practice and peace with neighbors. They have been designed by Drew’s renowned faculty in different fields and are grounded in classical theological disciplines and infused with pastoral practices, community partnerships and gospel values.

  • Transforming Theologies
  • Bible and Its Interpreters
  • Christian Communities in Contexts
  • Gospel Living and Social Transformation
  • Global Faith Traditions and the Earth
  • Spirituality, Self-Identity and Vocation

Vocational (33 credits, including electives)

You will choose one of four flexible vocational pathways to build the skills that best suit your needs and passions.

  • Congregational Ministries
  • United Methodist Congregational Ministries
  • Social Justice Advocacy
  • Chaplaincy Ministries

Adaptive (27 credits)

You will engage in experimental and experiential learning to help you develop adaptive leadership skills. In this sequence, students engage real-world contexts and challenges and test and adapt solutions:

  • Search for the Good community courses
  • Problem-solving learning labs
  • Vocationally-relevant internships and apprenticeships
  • Study abroad intercultural immersion experience
  • Organizational leadership course
  • Capacities portfolio