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Master of Divinity

Program Details

The online Master of Divinity degree program from Bethesda University is considered, by many denominations, to be the "first professional" ministerial degree, or the standard by which prospective ministers are evaluated for ordination. Graduates possess:

  • A general knowledge of the Bible, including a synthesis understanding of the major books
  • An understanding of the historical development of theology, and the ability to support one's theological views and apply them to contemporary issues
  • An increasing likeness to Christ as manifested in love for God, love for others, and evidence of the fruit of the Spirit
  • The ability to apply biblical principles in dealing with contemporary moral and social issues
  • The ability to identify and implement key principles to establish dynamic worship, spiritual warfare, intercession, and release gifts of ministry of the church 
  • Professional competencies for traditional church ministry and pastoral responsibility, with the ability to foster church growth through discipleship, leadership development, and evangelism


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Official transcripts
  • Christian testimonial essay
  • Copy of photo I.D.
  • Three letters of reference

Accreditation & Licensing

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission