A divinity degree is about developing as a person and leader. And pursuing God’s call.
The Master of Divinity prepares you for solo, senior, teaching, or staff pastor or chaplain positions. It also attracts those wishing to enhance their Christian discipleship or prepare for seminary doctoral study. At Bethel, you'll learn how to interpret the Bible, relate it to everyday life, and apply it to your own character and spiritual formation. This transformational education will prepare you to serve with integrity and passion in any context.
Bethel's Master of Divinity program gives you the knowledge and skills to lead as a teacher, pastor, or chaplain or pursue a seminary doctoral degree. You’ll study theology and Scripture, gain a Christian worldview, and develop personally and spiritually so that you’re prepared to follow your calling.
Deliveries: Daytime, Evening, Fully Online
Locations: Online, San Diego, St. Paul
DEC 14 2016
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JAN 18 2017
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Learn more about our online master's degree programs and hear from one of our lead faculty and an admissions representative.
APR 11 2017
12 p.m. CTOnline
Learn more about our online master's degree programs and hear from a lead faculty member and an admissions representative.
A Transforming Education
The M.Div. impacts head, heart, and hands. You’ll study Bible and theology and develop a Christian worldview. But you’ll also discover your personality, spiritual gifts, and how you best relate to God in worship and spiritual disciplines. In the process, you’ll also develop ministry skills. Here, it’s not just about learning; it’s about becoming the person and leader God created you to be and preparing you for the work He created you to do.
62 denominations represented at Bethel Seminary
0+ years as the only accredited distance-learning program in children's ministry
Choose a concentration to go deeper in an area you will find most applicable to your personal goals for your theological education.
Practical, adaptable skills
Learn practical skills related to your area of interest. You’ll have opportunities to do an internship so you can gain ministry practice, and reflect on that practice. Here, you will test the practical skills you need for a lifetime of service to God in roles you haven’t even discovered yet.
Stimulating student body
You’ll enjoy the richness of studying alongside peers from a range of backgrounds and career fields. Yet, all students have a common commitment to grow as whole and holy people.
Online OptionsWe offer fully online options so that you can complete the Divinity program from anywhere, and at a pace that fits your busy schedule.
Bethel has helped me grow in my capacity for ministry not merely through knowledge and skills, but through relationships. My connections with professors and peers have shaped my theology and pursuit of Jesus more than any textbook possibly could.Jeremy Peters '16
Current job: Planter, Community Church (Richfield, MN); Outreach and Student Ministry Pastor, Brookwood Community Church (Shakopee, MN)
Bethel's online program works great for me. It combines the best practices of online learning and classroom teaching. I am able to learn from a proven professor, study at my own pace, and progress with my cohort.Jonathan De Groot '17
Current job: Campus Ministries at Dordt College
I am grateful to attend Bethel Seminary. The three centers approach has helped me to integrate academia into the real world through my relationship with Christ and my heart for others.Hickory Smith '16
Current job: Army National Guard and Pastoral Intern of Welcome and Care
After years of ministry without formal training, Bethel Seminary has been a gift from God and breath of much needed fresh air. The next 25 years of my ministry will never be the same. I thank God daily for this open door!Julie Burns '17
Current job: Transition
Our graduates serve in all the traditional church leadership roles. But they also work in missions, campus and student ministries, even in businesses, various professions, or non-profits. Some continue on to pursue doctoral degrees and teach in colleges, universities, and other educational settings.
Learn how to:
- Interpret the Bible with maturity and discernment
- Understand 20 centuries of theology and apply that wisdom to 21st century life
- Communicate God’s Word in inspiring and transforming ways
- Develop cultural sensitivity so you can lead effectively in diverse settings
- Guide people to reconciliation with God and others
- Prepare for ordination in your denomination or setting
Those with an M.Div. work as:
- Denominational ministers
- Non-profit and parachurch leaders
- Church planters in innovative settings
- Professionals in any other setting
Our graduates have gone on to study at places like:
- Princeton University
- Fuller Seminary
- Rice University
- St. Louis University
- Marquette University
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Chicago
- Fordham University