Master of Divinity

Ready to be a part of a graduate community dedicated to helping you answer God’s calling for you? Our Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program 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.

Ready to be a part of a graduate community dedicated to helping you answer God’s calling for you? Our Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program 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.

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Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.

About the Program

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Our online Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is the most comprehensive formational degree for ministry that ACU’s Graduate School of Theology offers. The program emphasizes learning in context – you will explore case studies and ministry scenarios. The program also provides an informal setting for prayer and discussion with a local mentor.

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This graduate degree, which offers a missions or ministry concentration, will prepare you to enter into ministry or expand your current vocation. This accredited online M.Div. program also provides a solid foundation for further study in Ph.D., Th.D. and D.Min degree programs. The Master of Divinity is also available as a residential program in Abilene.

Required Hours

72 hours
4 years

Example Coursework

Foundations of the Theology of Ministry
Critical Interpretation of the New Testament
Introduction to Hebrew I
Christian Mission in Global Context

Upcoming Start Dates

May 3, 2021
August 23, 2021

Meet the Program Director

Mindi Thompson

Dr. Mindi Thompson is an Associate Professor and Director of Distance Education. She joined the Graduate School of Theology in 2011. Dr. Thompson received her Ph.D. from Luther Seminary where she focused on the Old Testament. She holds an M.A. from Emmanual Christian Seminary, and her B.A. and A.A. are from Minnesota Bible College. She earned the honor of Outstanding Faculty of the Year for the College of Biblical Studies at ACU in 2015. Thompson is the co-author of the book, To the Ends of the Earth: Cultural Considerations for Global Online Theological Education and author of the publication, Reading Leviticus 19: Issues for Interpretation.

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Student Spotlight: Mason Norman

Mason Norman’s goal was to teach ministry at the college level, but to do so in the United States, he’d need a Ph.D. So he got creative. In April 2016, less than two months after getting married, Mason and his wife Haley, moved to a new continent.

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Steps to Advance Your Ministry Career with a Graduate Degree

Interested in taking the next step towards a ministerial career? You could be an ideal candidate for enrollment in an M.Div. program. Read on to learn more about the Master of Divinity and how it might play into your future career.

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Student Spotlight: Angela Logan

Mom, professional, student … Angela Logan does it all with a smile on her face. She’s busy, but excited for the next phase in her life – pursuing ministry full-time.

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Student Spotlight: Dre Taybore

Dre Taybore, online Master of Divinity student, is bringing together ministers across various denominations for important conversations about racial injustice. “As I reflect on the role of the minister I am reminded by Eric Mason in his book, Woke Church, that we must be aware, be accountable, and be active when it comes to racial reconciliation and justice.” Read more about Dre’s efforts on the Graduate School of Theology Blog.

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Upon completion, graduates will be able to:

  1. Integrate theology in contemporary cultural contexts.
  2. Gain awareness of the historical and contemporary beliefs and practices of the worldwide church, and the Stone-Campbell heritage in particular.
  3. Lead and equip the church for its various ministries.
  4. Exercise care of souls in fitting and compassionate ways.
  5. Demonstrate growth in Christian character essential for ministerial faithfulness and effectiveness.

To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Submit an official transcript of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • Author a personal statement of interest.
  • Complete a writing assessment.
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The Graduate School of Theology is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools, an organization of more than 250 graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in theological disciplines.