MVNU, NTS partnership creates easy path for Master of Ministry and Master of Divinity degrees

A new partnership between Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary will allow students to complete Master of Ministry (MMin) and Master of Divinity (MDiv) degrees with coursework that meets requirements for both programs, saving both time and money.

The Association of Theological Schools, a national accrediting body, allows students who finish graduate programs to transfer appropriate credit hours toward their next degree program. By identifying candidates prior to degree completion, MVNU can help students transfer 27 of the 30 hours of their MMin coursework toward the 76 hours required for NTS’s MDiv program.

“This partnership between MVNU and NTS highlights a shared a goal — to prepare men and women to live out the call of God on their lives. We are better together, and this opportunity allows students to learn from experts and grow in their faith during their time at both MVNU and NTS. Through this partnership, students will earn an Master in Ministry from MVNU and have an affordable path to an Master of Divinity from NTS. We are confident that God will use students’ experiences from both institutions to further His kingdom,” said Dr. Amy Kovach, MVNU Vice President for Academic Affairs.

MVNU and NTS will work collaboratively to ensure coursework meets proper requirements and is transferable between both institutions. In addition, faculty mentors will help MVNU students transition easily to their MDiv program at NTS. Students will have the benefit of learning from Biblical, theological, and pastoral scholars on their field and nationally.

“The NTS-MVNU Pastoral Preparation Partnership signals a mutual commitment to developing future leaders in the church. Together, Nazarene Theological Seminary and Mount Vernon Nazarene University aim to provide increasingly affordable, accessible, and relevant pathways for vocational and ministerial training,” said Rev. Heather Bryant, NTS Dean for Enrollment and Marketing.

To learn more about Master of Ministry and other degree programs at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, call 1-800-839-2355 or visit

For further information on degree programs at Nazarene Theological Seminary, call 800-831-3011 or email [email protected]. To view the NTS website, visit

Nazarene Theological Seminary is a graduate school of theology rooted in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Established in 1945, it is located in Kansas City, Missouri.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education both in-seat and online to nearly 2,000 students from 25 states and 11 foreign countries.

Note: Questions about this press release may be directed to Bryon McLaughlin, NTS Director of Communications via email at [email protected], or by contacting Samantha Scoles, MVNU Assistant Director of Communications/PR by phone at (740) 397-9000, ext. 4347.

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