In many Christian denominations, candidates for ordained ministry are expected to earn the Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree, which normally takes at least three years of full-time study to complete. Typical curriculums include classes in biblical interpretation, theology, pastoral care and counseling, preaching and worship. Students may also be required to complete a series of internships in churches, hospitals and other institutions. Because of the intensity of these programs, and the fact that many seminaries are located in or near major urban centers, many individuals are unable to complete an M.Div. due to issues of time, distance and cost. For these individuals, pursuing an online Master of Divinity degree may be an option.
Accredited seminaries that offer an online M.Div. typically may offer a fully online M.Div. program or might require limited on-site study. Because of the online structure, these programs are sometimes more affordable than traditional on-site ones. These factors can provide students with the flexibility of working, caring for family members or even pastoring a church while earning a degree.
Seminaries with Accredited M.Div. Degrees Online
Seminary Schools with Mostly Online M.Div. Programs
- Fuller Theological Seminary (primarily online M.Div.)
More accredited online seminary school programs:
- Master of Arts in Biblical Studies online
- Master of Arts in Theology online
- Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry online
- Master of Theological Studies online
- Theology Certificate online
See more online seminary programs.