Master of Divinity

Dr. James Sweeney, Director

The Master of Divinity program will equip you for Christian service by expanding your capacity for biblical/theological reflection, nurturing individual spiritual formation, developing practical ministry skills, and fostering distinctive Christian leadership qualities. You will learn the principles of researching and delivering a sermon, leading and designing worship, and counseling those in need.  You will also study the nuances of the Greek and Hebrew languages, while learning biblical translation skills.  You will identify methods of moral decision making, evaluate scriptural models for deliberation, and formulate a biblical basis for congregational vision ministry.  Intentional, personal spiritual formation permeates the curriculum to help you solidify who you are in Christ, and then to teach others to know as well.

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 90-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.  Students are encouraged to select a specialization that reflects their calling, spiritual gifts, vocational career intentions, and vision.

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

Church History (6 credit hours)

A Survey of the History of Christianity
Church History Core

Integrated Studies (9 credit hours)

Interpreting the Bible
Foundations in Theological Studies (one credit)
Five Theological Summits (one credit each)

Personal and Ministry Formation (27 credit hours)
Church History and Polity
Discipleship Ministries: Christian Formation
The Ministerial Person
Pastoral Care and Counseling
Spiritual Formation
Supervised Ministry
Christian Leadership
Christian Worship

Theological Studies (12 credit hours)

Worldviews, Perspectives, and Christianity
Theology I
Theology II
Christian Ethics

Electives (9 credit hours)

In addition to the standard core curriculum, students can pursue ministry-related interests by selecting an additional 9 credit hours of electives in keeping with one’s ministry goals or can, alternatively, choose to focus on a chaplaincy concentration as preparation for serving as a chaplain in differing contexts.  A student wishing to graduate with a concentration in another area should coordinate a curriculum plan with the M.Div. program director.

Chaplaincy Concentration - Two of the chaplaincy concentration courses listed below plus one elective of the student’s choosing:

  • World Religions
  • Christ and Culture
  • Crisis Intervention for the Family
  • Spiritual Direction
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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