The Master of Divinity will prepare you for the ministry as well as for doctoral studies in ministry or theology.
Biblical, practical study
Courses in biblical studies and theology will give you the solid foundation you need for ministry. You'll learn how to accurately interpret scripture passages, how to use the biblical languages for greater understanding, and how to integrate theological truth with ministry effectiveness. In classes such as Biblical Interpretation, students learn how to work through scriptural passages, how to ask the right questions about theology in order to draw conclusions. We're not trying to give you "the right answers" but to equip you with the skills to ask the right kinds of biblical questions, to become biblically minded.
Classes such as Preaching teach students how to develop a sermon from its idea and structure to its delivery. Our sequence of leadership courses helps students learn how to relate to people, organize a church, manage staff, and oversee a budget. The program also includes an internship, during which a student could work at a church alongside a senior pastor, music minister, or youth minister, for example, to get hands-on training.
Faculty with a calling
The program's faculty, who have both academic credentials and practical experience, view their roles as more than just teachers. We want to see students go into the world and ministry, share the gospel, see lives transformed and changed. It's a heartfelt goal, bigger than just the completion of degrees: to see God working through our graduates.
One evening per week for two years
Each class is offered at the University Center of Greenville one evening every other week for a 16-week semester. This schedule allows students ample time to digest the material they're reading and writing about and to watch online videos that complement the class instruction. Students who wish to finish the program in two years would need to take 15 hours a semester and 15 hours of summer classes; one option would be a mix of 2 to 3 seated and online classes each term. Classes can be taken in the evening in Greenville, during the day on the main campus of Anderson University in Anderson, and online. Full-time students can finish the required 75 credits in as few as two years while part-time students usually take three years or more.
The MDiv costs about $300 per credit hour, or $900 per class. Tuition for the entire program is $22,500, a savings over traditional programs that require 90 credit hours. The AU program has been shortened by eliminating some electives. Students can apply for assistance through loans or can seek out private scholarships.
Preparation for ministry
Our MDiv graduates will be prepared for ministry positions, including senior or associate pastor, youth minister, children's minister, worship leader, hospital chaplain, military chaplain, and foreign or domestic missions worker, including roles in college ministry, denominational leadership and parachurch organization leadership. The Master of Divinity is the standard degree for vocational ministry.