Program Details

The Master of Divinity program is designed to prepare students for professional ministry in a number of settings. The degree satisfies the prerequisite of the Doctor of Ministry degree and is the commonly recommended theological degree in preparation for other advanced degrees in biblical and theological disciplines.

Program Options

Students earning their M.Div. degree at Bethel Seminary St. Paul can choose to enroll through our residential program (daytime or evening) or our distance-learning program.

Residential Program

The residential program provides students with 2 different schedule options:

  • Daytime: In the daytime residential program, students take courses through a traditional model—attending class during the day and registering for a variety courses each term over a 3-5 year period.
  • Evening: Our evening residential program, called SemPM, is geared for students with busy daytime schedules. Students take 2 courses each term on Monday evenings over an initial 3-year period, 15-20 hours of coureswork throughout the week. For the last 2 years of the 5-year program, students meet for class on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Distance-Learning Program

The goal of the InMinistry Distance Learning program is to provide high quality, graduate education, without requiring you to relocate or put your ministry on hold. We use a hybrid model, spanning 5 years, where students experience both traditional classroom interaction and online learning.

Sample Courses 

Students take a range of foundational courses, forming a solid biblical framework and building leadership skills. Elective courses allow students to pursue specific interests and develop skills that directly relate to their desired ministry setting.

Sample courses include:

  • Introduction to Preaching
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Christian Social Ethics
  • Early Church to Reformation
  • Holistic Discipleship
  • Organizational Leadership and Church Governance
  • Global, Contextual, and Cultural Ministry
  • Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets, and Writing
  • New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation
  • Systematic Theology I


Students can choose to specialize their studies depending on their interests and program delivery method.

Residential Program Options

Congregational Leadership is the concentration offered in the evening program. All other concentrations are available in the day program only.

  • Christian Thought
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Marriage and Family Studies
  • Generalist
  • Ministry Leadership
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Classical Studies

InMinistry Distance Learning Options

  • Christian Thought
  • Children’s and Family Ministry
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Generalist

Licensure and Ordination

Licensure and ordination are both the purview of the church and/or denomination.