Master of Divinity

Northern’s Master of Divinity and MA in Christian Ministries degrees are available to students across the country via interactive live-streaming (Northern Live)


The Master of Divinity is Northern’s flagship seminary degree for pastoral leadership and chaplaincy. Required by many denominations for ordination, the MDiv is the most comprehensive degree to equip you for ministry leadership.

Delivery: On Campus or Distance

The MDiv is available either on campus or distance education through a combination of interactive live-streaming (Northern Live) and mentored learning in context:

Classes Delivered On Campus and Streamed Live to Distance Students

The core and specialization classes are delivered to students across the country via our state-of-the-art, interactive live-streaming technology called Northern Live. 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.

Specializations / Electives

The Master of Divinity contains 15-21 hours for electives or a specialization. Specializations include:

Requirements for Completion

The Master of Divinity program requires 108 quarter hours
(the equivalent of 72 semester hours).

Christian Heritage (8 courses/24 quarter hours)

(Choose 2 out of 3 courses, OT 307, 308, WT 307) 

OT 307 Pentateuch, Poetry, and Wisdom Books – 3

OT 308 Historical Books and the Prophets – 3

WT 307 Women in the OT – 3

(Choose 2 out of 3 courses, NT 307, 308, WT 308)

NT 307 Gospels and Acts – 3

NT 308 New Testament Letters and Revelation – 3

WT 308 Women in the NT – 3

(Choose 2 out of 3 courses, TH 301, 302, WT 309)

TH 301 Christian Theology I – 3

TH 302 Christian Theology II – 3

WT 309 Theology and Gender – 3

(Choose 1 out of 3 courses, CH 301, 302, WT 311)

CH 301 Early/Medieval Christianity – 3

CH 302 Reformation/Modern Christianity – 3

WT 311 Women in the Early Church – 3

(Choose 1 of 2 courses, WT 310 or CT 324)

WT 310 Women of Color in the Church – 3

CT 324 Introduction to the Black Church – 3


Cultural Context (6-12 hours)

Cultural Exegesis & Ethnography – 3

Race, Poverty, Justice, Reconciliation – 3

World Religions & Cultures – 3

Cultural Immersion Experience – 3


Specialization or Electives (15-21 hours)

Choose from a specialization or electives in: New Testament, Theology and Mission, Christian Community Development, Worship, Urban Leadership, Women & Theology, Theology, or CPE. 

Formation & Ministry Skills (12 Courses, 36 hours)

Formation for Ministry: Disciplines – 3

Formation for Ministry: Character – 3

Leadership: People – 3

Leadership: Projects – 3

Ministry Administration – 3

Preaching & Communication – 3

Mission: Evangelism – 3

Mission: Community Engagement – 3

Discipleship – 3

Generational Ministry – 3

Pastoral Care & Counseling – 3

Worship – 3


Church-Based Training Programs

Northern’s MDiv is customizable for different churches and ministry contexts. Click here to learn more about how Northern can come alongside your church to train your emerging leaders.


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.

2-3 Classes
per Quarter
4 Ministry Skills Courses
per Year
2 Classes
per Quarter
3 Ministry Skills Courses
per Year

Tuition and Scholarships

Students may apply for Northern scholarships awarded by need and merit. CLICK HERE FOR TUITION PRICES.


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