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Master of Divinity (Online)

Master of Divinity General Ministry (Deploy)

This Master of Divinity degree is comprehensive and includes coursework in theology, hermeneutics, spiritual formation, biblical exegesis, biblical theology, intercultural studies, leadership, and a variety of other practical ministry competencies.

Through Deploy, Grace Seminary offers a Master of Divinity in General Ministry (90-credit equivalence). The MDiv online degree path provides excellent training for those who aspire to or are involved in vocational ministry, especially those interested in preaching, teaching, senior leadership, and/or continuing scholarship.

Deploy is a competency-based theological education model that enables students to get ministry training while remaining in their ministry context. The Deploy curriculum is organized around competencies, rather than traditional courses, and has been shaped through collaboration between seminary faculty and frontline ministry leaders. Deploy students also receive ministry-coaching from onsite mentors who serve alongside them, in their ministry context.

Earn your MDiv Online from Grace with Deploy. This Master of Divinity Degree is earned online with a competency-based theological education.

Ideal Fit

The MDiv in General Studies is perfect for students seeking preparation for ministry leadership within congregational or parachurch settings.

Students enrolled in Deploy’s MDiv in General Studies program will learn the biblical languages, nuances of biblical interpretation, how to think theologically, how to deal with conflict, worldview, and ethics, how to engage the culture, how to encourage spiritual formation, and how to preach, teach, and lead in the local church.

Administration Ministry Leadership Theologian Preacher Pastor

Career Opportunities

Depending upon ministry context, many leaders serve as general practitioners. Description: Pastors and ministry leaders often function as theologians, preachers, leaders, administrators, evangelists, teachers, shepherds, and more.

  • Lead pastor
  • Pastoral staff
  • Denominational leadership
  • Parachurch administrator
  • Executive pastor
  • Teaching pastor
  • Church elder
  • Chaplaincy
Earn your MDiv Online from Grace with Deploy. This Master of Divinity Degree is earned online with a competency-based theological education.

Deploy has not only encouraged me to learn new aspects of theology and practice, but has also helped me to understand myself better as a pastor and follower of Christ. The professors and mentors combine to make this educational journey formative for the whole person! As a pastor, I’m grateful for this opportunity not only to be truly equipped for ministry, but also to focus upon my own soul. In aiming at helping to form me as a student into the image of Christ, Deploy is teaching me to be a pastor that seeks to minister to people on a deeper, more holistic level in the gospel.

Adam Swift

Deploy - 2020

Curriculum Examples

Thinking Critically in Ministry
Applying Biblical Exegesis
Articulating Biblical Theology
Utilizing Biblical Languages
Communicating God's Truth
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Course Overview

Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for enrollment in the Master of Divinity program at Grace Theological Seminary, you must fulfill certain admissions requirements:
  • A four-year bachelor‘s degree or its equivalent (for international students) from a recognized institution of higher learning. Graduates of Bible colleges, liberal arts colleges, and state colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.
  • A student who received his or her pre-seminary education at an institution that is not accredited or who achieved less than a 2.5 grade point average in pre-seminary education may be admitted on academic restriction.
  • Applicants without a bachelor’s degree who have completed some or no college may be admitted if they meet certain ministry and research/writing requirements. Please contact seminary admissions for more information; email: or phone: 877.607.0012.

Admission Requirements

Grace Theological Seminary welcomes applications from all individuals who have a testimony of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior

To be admitted as a Grace Theological Seminary student, you’re asked to provide:

  • Official transcripts from the school where you obtained your degree. (If you are currently working on your degree, you can submit an unofficial transcript for admission until term completion, at which time an official transcript is required. Transcripts should be sent to

  • A spiritual life reference

  • International applicant must provide a copy of TESOL test scores, and provide a financial certificate indicating sufficient funding for the program of study.

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