The Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) is the professional degree for theological schools and seminaries. Its purpose is to prepare persons for ordained ministry and for general pastoral and religious leadership in congregations and other settings. The M.Div. at McAfee emphasizes spiritual discernment, academic rigor, and practical ministry experience, and it is structured to give students the foundational tools for ministry. With an 8 to 1 student to faculty ratio McAfee faculty are prepared to give students personal attention as they seek their degree. Students know their faculty, and faculty know their students.
The M.Div. is a 78-hour degree. Students attending full-time can anticipate taking 13 hours each semester to complete the degree over three years. An important part of this degree is the ministerial formation that takes place over the course of study. To that end, each year has a focus for the student’s formation. The first year focuses on spiritual formation, the second year on vocational formation, and the final year on ministerial integration.
Students may choose to focus their M.Div. studies by pursuing a fully embedded certificate within their M.Div. degree program, which will be indicated in your official transcripts. The certificates students may pursue are Christian Ethics, Community Transformation, Congregational Ministry, Interfaith Dialogue, and Spiritual Care. These certificates will allow students to further pursue their ministerial and vocational goals as they focus and deepen their study in particular fields of interest.Explore Embedded Certificates
Combined Degree Options
An advantage of being one of Mercer University’s 12 colleges and schools is that we have opportunities for highly qualified students to obtain two degrees in a shortened time through a combined degree program. Combined degrees at McAfee enhance skills and broaden professional opportunities by integrating a theological education with the resources of a professional degree. This is a great asset to the student who has a multiplicity of passions as well as the student who anticipates pursuing bi-vocational ministry opportunities.
- M.Div. and Master of Business Administration
- M.Div. and Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- M.Div. and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a focus on Non-Profits