Master of Divinity Degree

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree is the central degree program of NTS. Its purpose is to prepare persons for pastoral and spiritual leadership in congregations and other settings. It is the gold standard degree for those preparing for ordained ministry. The MDiv Program provides both breadth of exposure and depth of understanding for theological disciplines and ministry skills. It prepares persons for ministerial leadership by integrating theological study, personal and professional formation, and the practice of ministry in congregational, community, and cross-cultural contexts.

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MDiv Distance Education Program

Complete your MDiv Degree without relocating from your current ministry context!

The multiple delivery systems that NTS offers make it possible for persons in ministry outside the Kansas City metro area to complete the MDiv Degree without moving to Kansas City. The residency requirement can be earned on the Kansas City campus in four one-week intensive module classes offered each fall. This program, called Convene, begins early on a Wednesday morning and ends late the following Tuesday evening. Two required courses and a spiritual formation course and retreat form the curriculum each fall. The face-to-face time provides opportunities to step back from ministry practice and engage in a thoughtful community of peers in a rich learning environment and to grow spiritually. These four weeks of Convene contribute 28 credit hours toward the MDiv.

The rest of the degree can be earned via online courses, video conferencing courses, supervised field experience, indivdiualized study courses, and/or cross registration. Student may transfer up to 30 credit hours of approved graduate coursework into the program.  

MDiv Course of Study (76 Credit Hours)

  • 18 hrs of Christian Scripture
  • 21 hrs of Church History, Theology, and Philosophy
  • 25 hrs of Foundations and Practice of Ministry
  • 12 hrs of Electives

Depending on the MDiv track (Domain based, Distance Education, Nazarene Elder Course of Study for Ordination) certain courses are specified for graduation in each of the four areas listed above.