Scott Wenig, PhD
Professor of Applied Theology; Haddon W. Robinson Chair of Biblical Preaching
Earn a Master of Divinity Online
Denver Seminary’s fully online Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree is fully accredited, engaging, and interactive. At just 79 credit hours, the fully online MDiv brings the same distinctives that have defined Denver Seminary for over 70 years. Its rigorous curriculum is rooted in a robust theological framework engineered for the real world. Students can expect material that speaks into their current ministry context.
Our online environment is structured for flexibility and total virtual engagement, so the pursuit of your MDiv doesn’t mean you have to uproot your life. Opportunities for training and mentoring are also integrated without the need to relocate.
Denver Seminary does not have residency requirements to complete this advanced study program. If you need a learning environment designed for flexibility, yet vibrant with interactive structure, then look no further than the fully online MDiv. Request more information about this fully online degree.
Why should I pursue my MDiv?
An MDiv is commonly seen as one of the broadest and deepest preparation tools for life in ministry and more. Historically, Denver Seminary’s MDiv has upheld a rigorous legacy built on biblical bedrock with robust theological training. The online MDiv translates these same ethics through course content that’s outcome based. This means online students can expect an education inspired from challenges they’re facing in their current context.
What will I study?
The MDiv degree program consists of 61 credit hours of core curriculum that includes essential courses on biblical studies, Christian thought, ministry leadership, mentored formation, and biblical languages. Additionally, as a student in the MDiv program, you have 18 credit hours of open electives – you can keep your studies focused by declaring no concentration or you can choose from four optional concentrations to tailor your studies based on vocational interests.
Optional concentrations available fully online:
- Christian Apologetics
- Christian Formation
- New Testament
- Old Testament
- Theology, Justice, and Social Advocacy
How many credit hours is the Fully Online Master of Divinity?
79 credit hours
How long does it take to complete this degree?
3 years (full-time study)
What Courses Will I Take?
See each course you will take in these seminary programs by reviewing our degree worksheet and academic catalog:
What are common career opportunities?
The MDiv program prepares men and women to serve and lead in a variety of ministry roles such as pastors, missionaries, church planters, chaplains, and parachurch ministry staff. The degree is also for those seeking positions that require ordination or for those who plan to go on to doctoral-level studies. Alumni of our MDiv program have gone on to serve in a broad range of ministry contexts, such as Christian organizations including Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru), the United States Air Force, and local churches across the country.
Who should pursue an online MDiv degree?
- People working ministry
- Christian leaders or professionals needing a flexible learning schedule
- Stay-at-home parents looking to start seminary without relocating
- Recent graduates needing more theological education for ministry aspirations
- Pastors, chaplains, missionaries, church planters, and other Christian ministry workers
- People ministering in para-church campus programs
- Aspiring doctoral students
FAQs About the MDiv Online Degree Program
An MDiv is for ministers or priests, while a master’s in theology is for non-ministry careers. MDiv programs include courses on leadership, administration, and public speaking in addition to theology. A Master of Arts in theology can lead to jobs in pastoral counseling or academia.
Completion of either degree can lead to a doctoral program. MDiv graduates can pursue a Doctor of Ministry (DMin), while theology graduates can pursue a Doctor of Theology (ThD). Obtaining a DMin can help clergy advance to higher leadership roles, and a ThD may be required for a tenure-track professorship.
In addition to elective courses, online courses include theological studies, church history, and the study of Greek and Hebrew languages. For a full list of courses and concentrations, review our Degree Worksheet page.
There are many factors to consider when choosing any degree. Consider your long-term ministry goals as well as the options for study.
An online program offers flexibility for students to balance work and family along with further educational pursuits. Regardless of your ministry career goals, our fully online degree programs will help prepare you.
Program Entrance Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5
- Completion of the application for admission and all required application documents
For more information about this degree program, please contact the Admissions Office or call 303.762.6937.