36 months
730 USD/credit 28226 USD/year
730 USD/credit 28226 USD/year
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The Divinity degree program from La Sierra University is designed to prepare persons for ordained ministry and for general pastoral and religious leadership in congregations and other settings. 


Key Features

Although the specific constituency of La Sierra University and the Richards Divinity School is the Seventh-day Adventist Church, both the University and the Divinity School welcome students from other faith traditions. The Divinity School offers five graduate programs that fall into the categories of professional and academic.

Our professional programs are tailored for those who work, or would like to work, in some aspect of Christian ministry. We offer two professional programs: the Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program and the Graduate Certificate in Ministry (CMin) program. The MDiv is the standard degree program for professional ministry. The CMin program prepares lay persons for local church leadership.

We offer Master of Arts (MA) programs with majors in religion and Near Eastern archaeology for persons interested in focused, academic study and research in these disciplines. The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program provides graduate-level, academic study across the broad spectrum of religious studies disciplines.

The Divinity degree program from La Sierra University is the recognized basic credential for such vocations. The program offers a structured opportunity for students to develop a thorough, discriminating understanding and personal appropriation of the heritage of the community of faith, its Scripture, traditions, doctrines, and practices in both its historical and contemporary expressions. It intends to assist students in understanding the cultural realities and social settings within which religious communities live and carry out their missions. The program incorporates the insights of cognate disciplines, such as the social sciences, the natural sciences, philosophy, and the arts. It will enable students to obtain a knowledge and appreciation of cross-cultural and global contexts of the religious tradition and practice. MDiv students will also have opportunities to develop the personal qualities that are essential for the successful practice of ministry. Although the program is especially oriented to help provide for the pastoral education needs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the region of the Pacific Union Conference—California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah—it is also prepared to serve the needs of Adventists elsewhere as well as those of other faith traditions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research and Writing in Religion 
  • Hebrew 
  • Linguistic Tools for Pastoral Ministry: Greek
  • The Old Testament & Its Communities 
  • Old Testament studies 
  • Interpreting OT Texts 
  • The New Testament & Its Communities
  • Interpreting NT Texts 
  • Christianity and Culture
  • Christian Social Ethics 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


116 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • GPA
  • Personal Statement
  • Interview
  • Transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28226 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 730 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    28226 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 730 USD per credit during 36 months.

Living costs for Home Gardens

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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