Programs Overview

Master of Divinity

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 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.


Master of Arts Academic Programs

These programs enable students to understand and appreciate the biblical, historical and theological content of the Christian faith within a charismatic context and assist students in interpreting and communicating the Christian faith. The academic M.A. degree is designed as a terminal degree for those planning to teach in churches, Bible colleges and Christian schools, or as foundational study for further doctoral studies. Degrees offered include:


Master of Arts Professional Programs

These programs prepare students for specialized ministries within the contexts of clinical settings, the local church, and community and faith-based agencies. Students learn the theories, skills, and practical abilities necessary to perform effectively the ministry to which they are called, as well as the biblical and theological understanding needed to specialized ministries or foundational studies necessary for pursuing doctoral studies. Degrees offered include:

  • Master of Arts Professional Counseling, Professional Counseling Track (preparation for Licensed Professional Counselor) (LPC)
  • Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, Marital and Family Therapy Track (preparation for Licensed Marital and Family Therapist) (LMFT)
  • Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, Addictions Counseling Track (preparation for Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor) (LADC)
  • Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, Professional Counseling Track, with a concentration in Marital and Family Therapy (preparation for LPC and LMFT
  • Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, Professional Counseling Track, with a concentration in Addictions Counseling (preparation for LPC and LADC)
  • Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, Marital and Family Therapy Track, with a concentration in Addictions Counseling (preparation for LMFT and LADC
  • Master of Arts in Missions
  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology
  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology/Teaching Ministries Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology/Urban Ministry Concentration

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Modular/Distance Education Program

In today's highly mobile and fast-paced society, it can be difficult to earn a residential degree at the graduate level. But through the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry's (GSTM) fully accredited Modular/Distance Education Program, people can see their educational dreams become a reality while maintaining their current jobs and homes. The GSTM Modular Program offers a combination of delivery systems: 1) fully online courses; 2) blended courses (7 weeks online and 2 ½ days in class); 3) modular courses (one week in the classroom, with pre- and post-course work). Degrees offered include:

  • Modular Master of Divinity
  • Modular Master of Divinity/Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology
  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology/Teaching Ministries Concentration

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Joint Degrees

The College of Theology and Ministry offers an innovative program where students may enroll in two master’s degrees simultaneously. With proper planning and advisement, students can pursue two distinct theological degrees and reduce overall program time by up to a year. Students may enroll in a second master’s degree following the completion of half of their first master’s program.

Current ORU undergraduate students are able to earn a maximum of 12 hours toward their Master's degree. When combined with our Fast-Track program, undergraduate students could begin earning two full Masters degrees with as much as 24 hours credit (12 hours in class and 12 hours of Advanced Standing) before the first day of school.

Those interested in seeking joint degree status are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor for more information.


Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced professional degree designed to continue the education of ministers so that they may be spiritually renewed and increasingly effective in their world ministry contexts. The program helps students grow in their understanding and interpretation of the Church's ministry in relation to biblical, theological, historical, ethical and practical areas. Students are challenged to develop their ministerial skills and to refine and articulate a theology and philosophy of ministry while in a setting of ministry. A distinctive of the doctoral program is to enable students to understand the charismatic dimensions of ministry. Two concentrations are available:

  • Doctor of Ministry/Church Ministries and Leadership Concentration
  • Doctor of Ministry/Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Concentration

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