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Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Expand your ministry career.

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is the most comprehensive formational degree for ministry that ACU’s Graduate School of Theology offers.

The M.Div. is designed to offer you a firm grounding in scripture, history and theology as well as training in practical ministry skills such as the art of preaching and reading cultures and contexts. This graduate degree, which offers missions or ministry concentration, will prepare you to enter into ministry or expand your current vocation; it also provides a solid foundation for further study in Ph.D., Th.D. and D.Min programs.

Our program emphasizes learning in context – you will explore case studies and participate in sketching and ministry scenarios. Weekly mentoring groups provide an informal setting for prayer and discussion among your peers and faculty mentors.

Our missions program, the only one of its kind among Association for Theological Schools-accredited programs, is geared toward those looking to engage the world through church planting and intercultural and global missions.

Ready to be a part of a graduate community dedicated to helping you answer God’s calling for you? Apply now or contact us for more information today.

Program Overview

Credit hours 72
Degree Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
Program length 3 - 4 years
Tracks 2


You will take courses such as:

  • Foundations of the Theology of Ministry
  • New Testament Theology
  • Introduction to Hebrew I
  • Christian Mission in a Global Context
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  • Ministry
  • Missions
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What outcomes can you expect?

  • Minister
  • Counselor
  • Campus Minister
  • Chaplain
  • Christian Education Teacher
  • Missionary

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Admission Requirements

  • A complete application and application fee; 
  • An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent; 
  • A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA; 
  • Two letters of recommendation (may be submitted through the online application); 
  • A writing sample, three to five pages in length (typed, double-spaced) following the guidelines on the GST website. 

See full ACU graduate admissions requirements here

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.