Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Rachel Boutte’
Presbyterian USA (PC-USA)

“I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  While pursuing my undergraduate work in psychology, I accepted a call to ministry, and chose to attend Memphis Theological Seminary because it is ecumenical and because of its location in the city of Memphis.

I have been thoroughly challenged by my experiences at MTS both academically and personally. My journey at MTS has taken me to places that I never would have anticipated, from the rooms of sick patients at Methodist University Hospital in midtown Memphis, to the halls of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, surrounded by local youth with a fire to live in a more just community.

I am fully committed to obtaining the Master of Divinity at MTS and furthering my education to become a professional and leader in the community. I hope that my journey one day puts me in a position to help other burgeoning students of religion.”

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree at Memphis Theological Seminary is the standard path to ordained ministry.  Students can expect a minimum three-year program of study that includes classroom instruction and hands-on experience through immersions and practicums.  With a strong theological and practical education, MTS graduates will be equipped to serve the church as leaders in greater faithfulness to God.

Day and Evening Classes offered in Block Schedules:

Memphis Theological Seminary works hard to offer a course schedule that will work for every student’s unique needs.  Classes are in three-hour block scheduling rather than one-hour/3x weekly.  Courses are typically offered 8-11 a.m., 1-4 p.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m., Monday afternoons through Friday mornings.  Some elective courses are offered on Saturdays.  Faculty often rotate their intro courses in the Fall and Spring semesters so that they are offered conveniently to both day and night students.  Faculty advisors will guide each student in course selection.

Curriculum Objectives:

The M. Div. degree curriculum objectives seek to accomplish the following:

  • Scripture: Students will be able to understand, appreciate, and use a critical approach to biblical studies, especially as those relate to the role of Scripture in the Christian community in worship, preaching, and teaching.
  • Interpretation: Students will acquire a foundation in theological analysis and reflection grounded in the Christian tradition that recognizes the role of historical development in Christian belief and practice.
  • Context: Students will develop knowledge of the diverse cultural contexts in which the practice of ministry takes place and the ability to critically engage with those contexts, including the ability to do ethical analysis from within the Christian tradition.
  • Practice of Ministry: Students will acquire the knowledge and skills needed for a basic proficiency in practical skills for ministry and gain theological understanding of the ways in which Christian faith is expressed in the ministries of Christian churches.
  • Formation: Students will develop an informed sense of their ministerial vocation through discernment and formation so as to appreciate the vital connection between spiritual formation and ministry.

M.Div. Practicums:

Every M.Div. student is required to take three practicum courses.

  • The Clinical Practicum involves doing pastoral care under supervision in an institutional setting.

  • The Parish Practicum  is a field-based practicum focusing on the pastor’s role in relating to the congregation’s faith, tradition, and embodiment of Christian community.

  • The Worship and Preaching Practicum is a laboratory course in which students will preach sermons, design liturgies, lead worship, practice administering the sacraments, and evaluate each other’s performance within a community of peers.

Master of Divinity Degree Requirements

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