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Master of Divinity

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 and relate Scripture to everyday life as well as develop your character and spiritual formation so you can serve with integrity and passion in any context.

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Master of Divinity

Bethel’s Master of Divinity program gives you the knowledge and skills to pursue a doctoral degree and lead as a teacher, pastor, or chaplain. 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: Face to Face, Online

Locations: San Diego, St. Paul

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Upcoming Events

JUNE 16 2016

Online Info Session for Bethel Seminary Online Programs

12 p.m. | Online

Learn more about our online master's degree programs and hear from one of our lead faculty 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.

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Program Highlights

Personalized degree

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.


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:

  • Pastors
  • Missionaries
  • Chaplains
  • Denominational ministers
  • Non-profit and parachurch leaders
  • Church planters in innovative settings
  • Professionals in any other setting

Graduate Schools

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

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