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Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree at AGTS is a leading-edge program designed to provide students with learning experiences that deepen their knowledge of God’s word and his mission in the earth. Students will sharpen their skills in biblical interpretation, expository preaching, and pastoral care. The program also offers learning experiences that holistically inform and transform ministerial leadership. The AGTS MDiv thus provides the biblical and practical competencies needed for ministry in an increasingly complex and pluralistic world.

The MDiv degree requires 78 credits of study. The MDiv can be completed by any student regardless of the field of their undergraduate degree. Students with a strong undergraduate background in religion who have successfully completed introductory courses in Bible, Theology, and Ministry may choose advanced courses (up to 30 credits) in their programs. No more than 39 credits can be transferred into the MDiv program. There is a 10-year time limit on program completion, including transfer credit. See AGTS Catalog for more information.

In view of the competitive nature for entering military and hospital chaplaincies, students interested in these ministries are strongly encouraged to complete at least 90 credits in their MDiv programs.

The program prepares students for vocational ministries in the Church, teaching/writing vocations, and for further graduate studies in Bible and Theology and Ministry.

Curriculum Overview

Program Section Credits
Mission of God & World Christianity 12
Bible & Theology 27
Practical Theology 21
Electives 12
Theological Research & Writing 3
Field Education Research Project 3

(See AGTS Catalog for specific courses)


There are no required concentrations in the AGTS MDiv program. Students may choose whichever electives courses they wish to take. However, there are three concentrations that students often choose (see AGTS Catalog for specific courses in each concentration):

  • Expository Preaching
  • Islamic Studies
  • Military & Institutional Chaplaincy

Course Delivery Options

The AGTS Master of Divinity courses are offered in three types of learning experiences:

  • Residential Courses
    • Offered in seated learning experiences on a weekly basis at the main campus. There are also 2 ½ day and week-long seated modules offered each semester.
  • Hybrid Courses:
    • Offered through a live video-conference connection to all residential (seated) courses noted above.
  • Online Courses:
    • Offered fully online with no seated classroom or video conference connection required.
    • (NOTE: Some online faculty utilize live video-conference sessions with students throughout the semester).
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