Master of Divinity FAQ

The FAQs provided below address many questions you might have regarding the online MDiv program from Crown College. Feel free to contact your admissions advisor directly for any additional questions you might have.

What areas are covered by a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree?

Often considered the primary degree for professional ministry, the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree will require that you study numerous areas as part of your program.  Topics range from theology to history to biblical languages.  Other areas of focus will include spiritual formation, pastoral leadership, pastoral counseling, and intercultural ministries. Students in the program are expected to gain skills with regards to preaching, teaching, organizational leadership, and counseling.  Graduates are empowered to study the Word, study their local context, and lead others in developing strategies to make disciples both locally and around the globe.

What classes would this program include?

Some of the required courses for a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree include:

  • Spiritual Formation for Ministry
  • Biblical Theology
  • NT Greek for Biblical Research
  • The Biblical Communicator
  • Pastoral Counseling

The full list of courses can be found here [M.Div. courses].

How long does it take to complete the degree?

The Crown Online M.Div. is flexible in that students with no transfer work can complete the degree in 2.5, 3, or 4 years.  To view these completion plans, please click here.  These flexible completion plans are designed to fit the life needs of our students.   Those working full-time may want to choose a 4 year completion plan while others may be able to dedicate their full-time efforts to graduate school thus completing the degree in 2.5 years.  With our block tuition plan, many students choose the three year completion plan in order to save time and money in their pursuit of the M.Div.

How often do I have to be on campus?

The Master of Divinity degree is 100% online and has no requirement for you to travel to campus for any aspect of the program.  Although it is a fully online degree program, you will have a dedicated advisor throughout the program who can assist with various departments.  You will also have direct access to each of your instructors and will be able to reach them via phone or email.

While not required, we do hope you will join us on-site for your graduation!  We host several special events for our online students and their families at our main campus in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota the day before graduation.  The actual commencement service is held on a Saturday.

What jobs can I get with this degree?

The MDiv degree is generally considered a terminal degree reflective of the extensive learning associated with the program.  Many denominations and professions actually require a Master of Divinity as a qualification for the role (check with your organization of interest).  A sample of roles often associated with an MDiv degree include:

  • Bible College Professor
  • Christian College Associate Professor
  • University Lecturer
  • Pastor
  • Senior Pastor
  • Executive Pastor
  • Administrative Pastor
  • Associate Pastor
  • Military Chaplain
  • Hospital Chaplain
  • Prison Chaplain
  • Spiritual Director
  • Church Planter
  • Missionary
  • Parachurch Leadership
  • Non-profit Leadership
  • District Superintendant

Are there degree specializations or concentrations?

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree includes multiple elective areas to choose from which permits the student to focus on an area most aligned with one’s interests and calling.  These include:

  • Theological Studies
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Executive Leadership
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Intercultural Ministries
  • Disaster and Emergency Management.

Do I need to be employed or active in ministry to qualify for this program?

Individuals applying to the online MDiv program are not required to be in ministry positions; in fact, many students have been active in other careers and have selected the MDiv as the optimal preparation for a new career in ministry.  Other students are currently in ministry roles and desire the breadth and depth of study the Master of Divinity program offers.

Can I transfer into the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from another degree program?

Crown’s Master of Divinity is a transfer friendly degree program meaning that up to 48 credit hours can be transferred into the degree.   Students enrolling in other Crown graduate programs may be eligible to transfer most of their degree program into the M.Div. program.  New graduate students will normally graduate with both an M.A. in Christian Studies or M.A. in Ministry Leadership and a Master of Divinity degree.