The Master of Divinity (MDiv) at ULS will prepare you for ordained ministry or for pastoral/leadership service in congregations and other settings. This degree normally takes three to four years when taken full-time and requires completion of 72 academic credits plus noncredit contextual formation experiences, normally including a year-long immersion or internship. Students may elect to situate themselves primarily at either campus to maximize their in-person learning with instructors, or they can elect to be designated as Distributed Learning students, affiliating with neither campus. All students should expect to take combinations of classes that are in-person, face-to-face via Zoom, or on-line. Whether campus-focused or through Distributed Learning, students are required to complete at least one third of their coursework in classes that are more than 51 percent face-to-face, whether in-person or via Zoom.
The MDiv Distributed Learning Pathway enables you to use current technology to engage from where you are to theological education that is contextually accessible. This option is very helpful for a broad range of students responding to the Call.The Master of Divinity Distributed Learning pathway enables students to complete a Master of Divinity degree without having to relocate to campus. One third of the student’s coursework is completed through on-campus, week-long intensives, offered at various times of the year. The student’s remaining coursework may be completed on-line. Contextual Formation requirements, arranged in consultation with the Contextual Formation office, can generally be fulfilled near the student’s home location.