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Master of Divinity (Online)

Pastoral Studies, M.Div. Online

With Grace Seminary’s MDiv online, you will be trained to meet today’s most prevalent ministry needs and build a bridge to meet the ministry needs of tomorrow. Students seeking preparation for general pastoral ministry and the responsibility for the theological and administrative leadership of a local church in the United States are encouraged to pursue this online pastoral degree.

What makes our M Div online program different from other online offerings? With Grace Theological Seminary’s online M Div, you will . . .

  • Receive instruction from the same highly acclaimed professors teaching our residential courses.
  • Engage in a dynamic, high-definition video and an easy-to-navigate learning platform.
  • Have the same affordable tuition as our MDiv residential program.
  • Have access to seven unique MDiv concentrations that will help match your studies to your current area of ministry or ministry interest.

Being a pastor in the 21st century in the U.S. can be challenging. The M Div Online in Pastoral Studies is designed to help current and future pastors understand the issues facing the American church today and be equipped with the theological knowledge and ministry skills to address these challenges.

The MDiv degree program provides an optimal curriculum in graduate theological study to prepare men and women for various ministry roles. The three-year program requires 75 hours of study.

Grace Theological Seminary's Pastoral Studies degree professor, Dr. Lagioia

Ideal Fit

Students who are called to prepare for pastoral ministry, particularly the role of senior pastor, may consider the Pastoral Studies concentration for the M Div online.

The Master of Divinity program in Pastoral Studies is appropriate for those called to provide the theological and administrative leadership of a local church in the United States.

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Career Opportunities

Pastors are called to serve God’s people by loving, leading, and teaching them by personal example and practical exposition from God’s Word.

Pastors provide church leadership, administration, pastoral care, spiritual guidance, teaching, preaching, and biblical counseling to those in need.

  • Senior Pastor
  • Associate Pastor
  • Assistant Pastor
  • Executive Pastor
  • Church Elder
Grace Seminary’s M Div online trains you to meet today’s most prevalent ministry needs. You can pursue this 100% online pastoral degree.

Curriculum Examples

Advanced Preaching and Teaching
Ministry Philosophy for the Church
Leadership in the Local Church
Theological Foundations of Counseling
Advanced Systematic Theology
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Course Overview

The course will encourage creative methodologies of preaching designed to impact 21st-century listeners.

This course seeks to promote appropriate ministry perspectives, especially as applied to the local church in North America.

Through reading, writing, and pastoral interviews, you will learn about servant leadership, mentoring, visionary leadership, and leading as a change agent.

This course will examine Scriptural truths and principles along with a biblical theory of personality.

Building on a foundation of basic orthodox systematic theology, students will explore the issues that create tensions within a theological system.

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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