Master of Divinity

Master of Divinity


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. The MDiv Program provides both breadth of exposure and depth of understanding for both 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.


The MDiv is a 76-credit hour degree program with coursework in the following disciplines:
- Christian Scripture (18 hours)
- Church History, Theology, and Philosophy (21 hours)
- Practice of Ministry (25 hours)
- Electives (12 hours)

For those desiring to complete education requirements for ordination (Course of Study) as an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene, the MDiv program’s prescribed vs. elective courses are slightly adapted to fulfill those requirements.

Distance students will come to Kansas City four times for one-week, intensive seminars (called Convene) that foster professional relationships and create opportunities for deep, spiritual formation. Students living in the Kansas City area can study face-to-face with faculty on our urban campus.

An accredited undergraduate degree with a grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or better is expected for admission as a Regular Student.

International students, non-degree seeking students (including students seeking to audit), and students without a bachelor’s degree may view additional requirements here.

Have more questions about transfer of credits or other admission-requirement related questions? Please see the Academic Catalog or contact us.

Tuition is $540/credit hour for Fall 2021 – Summer 2022. 97% of enrolled NTS students receive financial assistance. The office of financial aid is committed to coming alongside students to resource and help them make graduate-level education an affordable reality. The general scholarship application is embedded in the NTS application. View more about program costs, fees and additional financial aid options here.

For admission to a master's degree program, prepare to submit the following during the application process:

  • Three references: academic, pastoral, personal
    NOTE: Army Chaplains may submit the last two Officer Efficiency Reports (OERs) in lieu of the Ecclesial Employer/Supervisor and Lay Person references.
  • Transcripts: Have official transcripts of all previous academic work sent directly to Nazarene Theological Seminary: Enrollment Services (Unofficial transcripts are sufficient until official ones arrive).
  • 500-word Statement of Purpose
  • Formal Academic Research Paper (or 500-word formal essay)

Please be prepared to provide the following additional items:

For more information, please consult the International Student Handbook.

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