Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a comprehensive, pre-doctoral degree that combines theology and Christian ministry. The online or on-site degree program builds upon Northwestern's history and commitment to biblically based, evangelical theology.
The M.Div. will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful pastors, ministers, church planters, chaplains or missionaries. Through ministry courses you will consider the knowledge, character and competencies needed for ministry.
Course of study
The Master of Divinity is integrated with Northwestern's Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS). The M.Div. program includes the MATS degree, adding courses in Bible exposition (20 credits) and Christian ministry (20 credits).
The M.Div. is granted upon completion of 76 credits, and you can earn your degree in approximately 44–48 months. Students who elect to do so may obtain both the MATS and M.Div. degrees for the complete course of study.
See the Graduate & Continuing Education Catalog for course descriptions. Courses subject to change.
Meet our faculty
Dr. Randy Nelson
Randy Nelson, Ph.D., has twice been nominated by students for “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” and has earned Northwestern's "Teacher of the Year" award. Committed to his students and to Northwestern, Dr. Nelson's specialtyareas include Gospel studies, Jesus research and hermeneutics. Learn more about Dr. Nelson.
Learn more about our grad studies faculty.
Through the M.Div. program, you will:
Is the M.Div. for you?
Are you a serious student who loves God’s Word? The M.Div. is a challenging degree developed upon fundamental biblical theology. Students pursue the Master of Divinity to meet ordination requirements, prepare for doctoral studies, or to be better prepared for church or parachurch ministry.
B.A./M.Div. 5-year program
Northwestern offers an alternate path toward the M.Div., for students just beginning college, through the Dual B.A./M.Div. Degree in Pastoral Ministry. Students earn a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry through undergraduate courses in a traditional day-school format and a Master of Divinity, after completing a fifth year, through the Center for Graduate Studies. If you are interested in the dual degree B.A./M.Div. program, visit unwsp.edu/mdiv5 or contact Undergraduate Admissions at 651-631-5110.