Master of Divinity

Dr. James Sweeney, Director

The purpose of the Master of Divinity program is to prepare men and women for Christian ministry, whether in local church settings, chaplaincy expressions, or parachurch contexts. It equips them with the skills needed to function effectively in formal ministry. The Master of Divinity program requires study and competence in four traditional, interrelated disciplines: (1) Biblical Studies, encompassing the content and contexts of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, with the requirement of learning Hebrew and Greek, (2) Church History, where one learns from the accumulated wisdom and challenges of previous generations of fellow Christians, (3) Theology, the systematic study and articulation of the Christian faith; and (4) Christian Ministries, where one acquires needed skills and develops ministry competence.

Some common career paths for M.Div. students are:

  • Ordained ministry
  • Vocational ministry
  • Theological/Biblical foundation for leadership in Christian ministry contexts
  • Teaching Bible or religious studies at the secondary school level
  • Personal Theological/theological enrichment in conjunction with Christian counseling
  • Service in a para-church organization
  • Spiritual direction ministry
  • Chaplaincy


The Master of Divinity is a 81-hour program that is the normative degree to prepare persons for ordained ministry and general pastoral or religious leadership responsibilities.  The program is designed for completion in three years of full-time study or in four or more years of part-time study.  A chaplaincy concentration is available to students in place of elective credits.


Biblical Studies (27 credit hours)
Greek Exegesis
Greek Grammar
Hebrew Exegesis
Hebrew Grammar
Studies in Paul
New Testament Elective
New Testament Foundations
Old Testament Elective
Old Testament Foundations

Church History (9 credit hours)

A Survey of the History of Christianity
World Religions
Church History Elective

Integrated Studies (4 credit hours)

Interpreting God's World & Word
Foundations in Theological Studies (one credit)

Personal and Ministry Formation (32 credit hours)
The Ministerial Person
Pastoral Care and Counseling
Discipleship Ministries: Christian Formation
Church in Mission
Christian Worship
Christian Leadership
Spiritual Formation
Ministry Skills and Techniques (two credit hours)
Church History and Polity
Supervised Ministry

Theological Studies (9 credit hours)

Theology I
Theology II
Christian Ethics

United Theological Seminary Partnership

For the first time, M.Div. students in the United Methodist Church have the opportunity to complete a portion of their education at WTS!

United Theological Seminary, in fulfilling its goal of “preparing persons for leadership in the ministry…; leading in the ongoing reflection of Wesleyan theology; and…assisting the church in fulfilling its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ” (The Book of Discipline, para. 1422) has agreed to a cooperative education program with WTS. 

United Methodist students identified by United would begin their seminary matriculation process at Winebrenner for the first 10 courses (listed below).  All graduate credit hours successfully completed at Winebrenner shall be transferrable to United.

Courses available for WTS/UTS cooperative students

United Course Number/Title

Credit Hours

Winebrenner Course Number/Title

OT 500 Old Testament I


OT 500 Old Testament Foundations

OT 604 Old Testament II


OT 501 Pentateuch or
OT 502 Prophets

NT 525 New Testament I


NT 520 New Testament Foundations

NT 621 New Testament II


NT 627 Studies in Paul

CH 504 Church History I


CH 540 Survey of the History of Christianity

CH 601 Church History II


CH 542 Medieval & Reformation Spiritualties or
CH543 Globalization of Modern Christianity

ET 601 Ethics


TH 664 Christian Ethics

EV 525 Evangelism


CM 582 Church in Mission

PC 507 Pastoral Care


CM 538 Pastoral Care and Counseling

PT 502 Seminarian Write


IS 510 Foundations in Theological Studies

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