Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program prepares students for the ordained gospel ministry as pastors, chaplains, missionaries, and evangelists. The health of the church and society depends upon the faithful ministry of the Word of God. The Master of Divinity program’s purpose is to train men to serve the church as knowledgeable pastors with servants’ hearts. Because the Seminary Board and faculty believe that Scripture limits the role of official teaching and leadership in the church to qualified men, only men are admitted to the Master of Divinity program. Women are invited to enroll in the Master of Theological Studies program.
Master of Theological Studies
The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree program is a two-year program for students who desire theological education but do not seek ordination. The purpose of the MTS degree is to prepare students for further graduate study or to impart theological knowledge that may serve to enhance training received in other fields. For example, church leaders (who may serve as elders, deacons, Bible study teachers, or church education teachers), Christian school teachers, and others serving in Christian ministry may wish to complement their training and experience with graduate-level theological education. Students choose a concentration in either biblical studies or doctrinal/ecclesiastical studies.
Some students would like to pursue theological education, but for a variety of reasons do not have the resources or desire to complete the extensive study required for the M.Div. or MTS degrees. For these students, Mid-America offers abbreviated and individual programs of study that will allow the student to receive a certificate of education.