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Divinity, MDiv

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #71 (BCR) Atlanta, GA, United States
The Master of Divinity is a professional degree for persons preparing for service in ministry and church leadership, social services and a variety of chaplaincy settings.


The program fosters students’ understanding of church and ministry in the contemporary world, and students’ ability to work meaningfully and creatively in a vocation of religious leadership. It increases students’ knowledge and strengthens their ability to integrate their understanding of the various disciplines of theology and ministry with their experience of the church and the world.

Through their study for a Master of Divinity degree, students will gain:

  • Formation in reflective practices of leadership.
  • Grounding in Christian texts, traditions, theologies and practices.
  • An informed sense of one’s self and one’s ministerial vocation through appropriation and integration.
  • A sense of vocation as practitioners, leaders and public theologians who will be generative of positive change and new possibilities for the church and world.
  • Knowledge and experience of a multi-ethnic, intercultural, ecumenical and religiously diverse world.
  • Skills in critical and imaginative thinking, responsible interpretation and effective communication.
  • Basic proficiency in practical skills for ministry plus specific competencies in pockets of theological expertise.

The selection of an optional concentration allows students to give their degree focus and depth in an area that is of particular interest to them. Students may choose from the following concentrations:

  • Criminal Justice Ministries
  • Formation and Witness
  • Justice, Peacebuilding, and Conflict Transformation
  • Leadership in Church and Community
  • Religion, Health, and Science
  • Religion and Race
  • Scripture and Interpretation
  • Society and Personality
  • Theology and the Arts
  • Theology and Ethics
  • Traditions of the Church

Programme Structure

Students enrolling in the Master of Divinity program must complete specifically required courses in Biblical Studies, History and Interpretation of Christianity, Ethics, and Preaching.

In addition to these specific courses, students will have additional requirements to fulfill in World Religions, Introductory Arts of Ministry, Sociology of Religion or Religion and Personality, History of Christianity, and Theology or Ethics. Students will also enroll in courses designated to fulfill the Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Contextual Education Elective requirements.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      The 86-credit hour curriculum is structured to be completed in three or four years of full-time study;

    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description

      the maximum length of time allowed to complete the program is six years.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • Resume
  • Academic Writing Sample
  • Transcripts (all schools attended)
  • Autobiographical Statement
  • 3 Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    45000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22500 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    45000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22500 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Atlanta

  • 1213 - 2210 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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