Seminary Reimagined

Seminary Reimagined

The Denver Seminary faculty, administration, and board of trustees, along with the Higher Learning Commission, have approved the most extensive revision of the MDiv and MA programs in our 64 year history. These new programs began during the fall semester of 2015. Not only that, the development and launch of a new ThM program in the fall of 2016 has been approved.

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Historical Identity/Core Commitments

As we reimagined seminary education, rest assured, we maintained an unswerving commitment to our historical identity and commitments as an evangelical graduate institution. Maintaining the academic integrity of our programs, promoting vigorous scholarship, practicing a charitable orthodoxy in a context of diverse views within the evangelical tradition, valuing the power of meaningful relationships in learning, and engaging the needs of a broken world with the redemptive power of the gospel—all of these hallmarks of our history and defining characteristics of our identity have been preserved in the new programs. Our goal in reimagining seminary has been to take these commitments and create a curricular design that addresses the challenge of theologically educating God’s people for mission in the twenty-first century.

Values of the New Programs

Knowing the challenges our students face given the culture of ministry today, knowing students value, access, and pay for higher education in significantly different ways than once before, knowing many of our students work and care for their families as they pursue their degree, we held fast to five values as we reimagined what seminary education looks like:

  • Essential—Do the programs address what is essential to serve effectively in diverse ministry settings in a post-Christian context? Are the required courses truly essential and applicable for all students?
  • Accessible—Are the programs affordable and offered in ways that meet the needs of today’s students?
  • Achievable—Can the programs be completed within a reasonable period of time, even if a student can take only a few hours per semester?
  • Flexible—Do the programs allow students to personalize their training and concentrate on areas of study that fit their sense of calling?
  • Vocational—Do the programs intentionally guide students to ministry roles that fit their gifts, experience and calling?


The new MDiv program will require seventy-eight credit hours and the new MA programs fifty credit hours for completion. Both programs are built upon a required twenty-seven credit hour common core that is heavily oriented toward biblical and theological studies along with training and mentoring. The MDiv program contains an additional twenty-one credit hour required core that provides more instruction in biblical and theological studies as well as essential ministry leadership courses. Building on these required components, concentrations, specializations and majors, as well as an increased number of elective hours, will allow students to go deeper in those areas of study that fit their giftedness and calling.

MDiv Features (78 hrs)

  • Solid foundation in biblical and theological studies including required Greek and Hebrew courses
  • Mentored learning and spiritual formation
  • More courses that integrate multiple academic disciplines
  • More elective hours to personalize training and provide greater depth of training in specialized areas that fit a student’s giftedness and calling
  • New MDiv concentrations in biblical preaching, New Testament and Old Testament
  • Optional English Bible courses for students completing concentrations that do not require as much instruction in biblical languages as those listed above
  • Flexibility to choose practical ministry courses that address a student’s sense of vocation
  • Emphasis on mentored learning in ministry settings

MA Features (50 hrs)

  • Solid foundation in biblical and theological studies
  • Mentored learning and spiritual formation
  • More courses that integrate multiple academic disciplines
  • Academic MA programs (with majors in New Testament, Old Testament, Theology, Apologetics and Ethics, Christian Studies) that include the twenty-seven hour common core and twenty-three hours of courses in a major.
  • Professional MA programs (with specializations in Leadership, Justice and Mission, Counseling Ministries, Christian Formation and Soul Care, Youth and Family Ministries, Chaplaincy) that include the twenty-seven hour common core, seventeen hours of specialization courses, one hour of specialized training and mentoring, and five hours of electives.

In addition to the changes in the MDiv and MA programs, new structures for the MA in Counseling with a Clinical Mental Health Concentration and the Graduate Certificate in Biblical and Theological Studies were also approved.

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 hrs)

  • Twelve hours of biblical and theological studies
  • Forty-eight hours of counseling courses

Graduate Certificate in Biblical and Theological Studies (24 hrs)

  • Twenty hours of required biblical and theological studies
  • Four hours of free electives

New ThM

In the fall of 2016 the Seminary will launch a ThM program. Designed to provide advanced study and research, the establishment of this new program further expresses the Seminary’s commitment to rigorous theological scholarship. More details to come!

Seminary for the Twenty-First Century

Denver Seminary’s rich legacy of academic integrity, mentored learning, and meaningful gospel engagement with the needs of a broken world will remain hallmarks of our school for generations to come. Our new programs express these commitments in ways that powerfully address the ministry challenges of the twenty-first century.

Frequently Asked Questions for Students

1. Am I eligible to move to one of the new programs?

That depends. If you are planning on completing all your coursework between fall 2014 and fall 2015, you will not be able to make a change. And, even if you are planning on graduating after fall 2015, it still may not be beneficial for you to make a change. This is a situation where you would need an individual evaluation done (email ).

2. What if I’m a new student? Will these changes affect me?

Possibly, but in most cases, not to a major degree. Your program director will go over what you need to know at the orientation lunch session. Again, you’re more than welcome to stay in your current program.

3. What if I am a counseling licensure student? Will that program be changing as well?

Yes, but to a minor degree. If you are planning on completing all coursework after fall 2015 and are interested in the changes, please contact Sharon Gipe, counseling division administrator.

4. I am a nondegree student. Should I meet with someone about this?

If you are taking courses as a nondegree student with a specific program in mind, then you may want to contact the  to see if your spring 2015 registration is appropriate for the program you’re planning on completing.

5. Do I have to change?

Absolutely not. For some students, it won’t make good sense to move to one of the new programs, it just depends on how far along you are in your current program and what courses you still have left to complete. There are certain new program requirements that need to be met and waiting for them to be offered may delay your graduation. So if you are happy in your current program, we encourage you to stay there.

6. When can I make the change?

Early in the summer of 2015, you will receive an email from the Registrar’s Office that will let you know the process to move to one of the new programs. Students will have one year (from fall 2015-summer 2016) to make a change. After summer 2016, this opportunity will no longer be available and you will need to complete the program tied to the catalog to which you were admitted.

7. When will all the details of the new programs be finalized (i.e. course rotation, etc.)? 

We are working to have details finalized by the end of the year. Until then, we will do the best we can to steer you in the right direction but please note that degree audits done prior to this time may need to be adjusted slightly.

8. Will I be able to meet with a program adviser before spring registration?

Absolutely. Email the registrar's office to make an appointment with a program adviser any time during the academic year.

Our desire is to serve our current and new students the best we can during this time of transition to a new curriculum. Remember to initiate any inquiries to the registrar's office.