Master of Divinity : MDIV
Our flagship degree, the Master of Divinity (MDiv) is a comprehensive degree program designed to prepare students for service in ministry by providing a broad foundational knowledge of the Old and New Testaments, Theology, Church History, and Christian Ethics while integrating ministry practice. It is ideal for pastoral leadership and chaplaincy and required by many denominations for ordination.
Delivery: On Campus or Distance
The MDiv is available either on campus or distance education through a combination of interactive live-streaming and mentored learning in context. The core and specialization classes are delivered to students around the world via our state-of-the-art, interactive live-streaming technology. With Northern’s smart classroom technology, you can interact with the professor and other students no matter where you live, earning a seminary degree without leaving your church and community.
Mentored Learning in Context
Northern believes the best way to learn ministry leadership is in a ministry context. In the MDiv program, students study and practice the skills of effective ministry leadership under the supervision of a faculty mentor and a ministry mentor. The program allows each student’s learning journey to be personalized to address the particular needs of the student and their ministry context. For the ministry portion of the MDiv, students must have a ministry internship placement. Northern can support you in identifying a church and ministry mentor.
Church-Based Training Programs
Northern Seminary partners with churches to train and equip their emerging leaders. We believe the best way to learn ministry leadership is in a ministry context. Our new MDiv program is available to students through interactive live-streaming classes and mentored learning in context. Students study and practice the skills of effective ministry leadership under the supervision of a faculty mentor at Northern and a pastoral mentor on site.
The curriculum is adaptable in these ways:
- Northern can customize a program for a group of students in your church or ministry context.
- Northern can wrap around your existing church-based training program so that students can earn a Masters degree.
- Through mentored guidance, each student’s learning journey can be personalized to address their particular ministry goals and context.
Click here to learn more about church-based training partnerships and how we can develop a program that meets your church’s particular needs.
The program includes 24 courses + 12 ministry learning modules spread over three quarters per year and (for students with a specialization) an annual intensive course.
3-Year Schedule: 2-3 classes/quarter | 4 ministry skills courses/year
4-Year Schedule: 2 classes/quarter | 3 ministry skills courses/year
Clinical Pastoral Education
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is offered to Mdiv student and/or future chaplains who want clinical hours for their work. Learn more about the 2023 – 2024 ACPE Extended Unit at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL.
Tuition and Scholarships
Students may apply for scholarships awarded by need and merit. Learn more >