The master of divinity (MDiv) is the classic ministerial degree, preparing people to assume leadership positions in the church. It develops the pastoral minister’s capacity to interpret scripture, foster theological reflection, and draw upon the theological heritage of the religious community with pastoral sensitivity.
Catholics with a master of divinity degree often assume leadership positions in parishes, dioceses, hospitals or social service agencies.
Protestants on an ordination track work closely with their churches regarding ordination requirements. Appropriate adaptations of the MDiv program have been developed for the following denominations: American Baptist, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Church of the Brethren, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian (USA), Unitarian Universalist Association, United Church of Christ and United Methodist.