Pastor and congregation members

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
View All Courses


  • Ministry
  • Missions
Bible study group

What outcomes can you expect?

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

Visit Department Website

Admission Requirements

  • Recommendation forms - add a link to the DMin recommendation form PDF
  • Add the following items (please use the same order/sequence as the old page):
    • D.Min. application form (PDF).
    • Application fee of $50. Checks should be payable to Abilene Christian University, or payment can be made online.
    • Official transcripts of all the applicant's undergraduate and graduate work, with degrees posted. All transcripts from outside the United States must be accompanied by a course-by-course credential evaluation from an approved company.
    • Documentation of Ministry Employment form (PDF), accompanied by a letter of endorsement from the applicant's elders or supervisors, acknowledging their approval for the applicant's participation in the program.
  • All completed materials should be submitted directly to the D.Min. office by January 31. Materials can be submitted via email ( or mail (ACU Box 29405, Abilene, TX 79699-9405). The application deadline is January 31, and new students begin coursework in June.

See full ACU graduate admissions requirements here

Typing on computer

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.