Master of Divinity

Master of Divinity Program Overview

The Master of Divinity is the basic professional degree for ministry and is the prerequisite degree for admission into the Doctor of Ministry program and military chaplaincy.  The  six semester, 88.5 hour program structured around field education and the three curricula areas of the seminary:  biblical literature, theological/historical studies, and practices of ministry.  Students are required to enroll in two semesters of field education after 50% of their coursework is complete. 

Twelve semester hours of open electives are provided to all students to bridge deficient areas or enhance areas of interest, including counseling, missions, biblical literature, and theological/historical studies.  Because ORU has graduate schools in education and business, M.Div. students may also choose to use a limited number of these elective hours for cross-disciplinary training.

MDV Fact Sheet

MDV Degree Plan

"What I enjoyed most about the program was not only the biblical and theological principles I have learned, but also the practical ways on how to apply those principles in Christian ministry and within my personal life. The lessons I learned and classes I took in the program completely redirected the course for my life. I discovered through the program God’s true plan and purpose for my life in the area of pastoral ministry, and elsewhere as well. The program helped me develop a firmer foundation for my faith so that I may one day teach others the valuable lessons God taught me throughout the Master of Divinity program.

"The reason above any other that attracted to me to ORU was the spiritual environment on campus. I am originally from Chicago, IL. In Chicago there were various seminaries and graduate programs where I could have applied that were well within my reach. However, I wanted something different, something more. I wanted not only the academic aspect but also a spiritual renewal that I could obtain while pursuing my graduate degree. ORU gave me the best of both worlds. ORU deepened my grasp of biblical principles while igniting a desire for ministry. At ORU, spiritual growth not only took place, but inner healing as well. God used ORU to remold me and help create a new image of a person worthy of what God can use for ministry."

Student: Earl
Degree: Master of Divinity
Hometown: Chicago, IL

Program Objectives

The Master of Divinity degree program aims to:

  • Prepare candidates with a foundational knowledge of the historical/theological content of Scripture with a application to selected contemporary situations.
  • Prepare students to interpret biblical writings in the Greek and/or Hebrew languages, using critical exegetical tools and writing a hermeneutical and exegetical paper.
  • Provide a basic knowledge of the history of Christianity.
  • Provide a basic knowledge of theology and Christian doctrines.
  • Enable students to integrate biblical and theological understanding with practical ministry strategies.
  • Equip candidates with the biblical, theological and ethical understanding necessary to analyze and discuss contemporary social issues affecting the church and society.
  • Enable students to develop and articulate a theology and theory of ministry that is relevant to their backgrounds and callings.
  • Provide opportunities to demonstrate necessary skills for ministry within a variety of traditions, churches and cross-cultural contexts.
  • Promote a biblical/theological understanding of the person, work and ministry of the Holy Spirit.
  • Enable students to articulate clearly their ministry/professional calling.
  • Enable students to develop a theology and theory of ministry that integrates biblical and theological content with practical ministry skills.

Career Possibilities with Master of Divinity Degree 

  • Senior pastor
  • Associate pastor
  • Chaplain: hospital, campus, military
  • Pastoral counselor
  • Teach in Bible institute or Bible school
  • Preparation for doctoral studies

Master of Divinity/Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Concentration

The Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy concentration (PCC) in the Master of Divinity degree program prepares students for entrance into chaplaincy in a military, hospital, institutional, or organizational context. Through a PCC practicum or Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) unit, students gain practical skills for ministry leadership, along with specialized skills in the pastoral and spiritual roles of a chaplain.

Master of Divinity/Pastoral Care & Chaplaincy Concentration - Degree Plan


Michael Thomas, Graduate Theology Representative
Graduate School of Theology and Ministry
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