The New Lancaster Seminary Master of Divinity

Our fully accredited, graduate degree program makes it possible
to follow your call even with a busy life.

It's about your time

Our new schedule makes time for both work and school with two convenient ways to get your degree:

  • Weekdays Tues-Thurs until 4:30pm, Fri until 1:00pm
  • Weekends Friday evening until 1:00pm Saturday
Contemporary Realities

It's about contemporary realities

Our courses are timely and relevant, driven by questions the church and the world are asking. Combined with the deep learning at the heart of our rich academic heritage, you will be prepared for the challenges of contemporary religious engagement.

It's more than a degree

Because learning doesn’t end at commencement, the new Lancaster Seminary MDiv gives you 2 advanced courses after graduation at no extra charge, providing additional support and perspective on your career journey.

It's a clear path to graduation

Our focused curriculum, predictable schedule, and annual rate tuition take the guesswork out of planning so you can earn your degree in 3 years in the Weekday program, or in 4 years in the Weekend option.

Plus...

Technology that supplements but never replaces face-to-face interpersonal experiences, hallmarks of a well-rounded education.

Campus housing featuring hotel-style rooms for overnights and one- and two-bedroom full-time residential apartments.

Our bold, new MDiv is accessible, designed to address the pressing needs of the church and the realities of your busy life. Built on the enduring values of this storied 190-year-old graduate school of theology, our fresh new curriculum is relevant to both contemporary life and modern ministry.

Distinctive Features

Two tracks

Weekday Track classes are held 3½ days per week, ending by 4:30pm Tuesday-Thursday and by 1:00pm on Friday. You can complete the degree in 3 years. This schedule allows for part-time work.

Weekend Track classes are held from 6:30-9:30pm on Friday and Saturday until 1:00pm. This track combines classroom sessions with some online learning. You can complete the degree in 4 years. This schedule allows for full-time work while pursuing a call.

Getting started

Two key courses appear at the beginning of the curriculum to help you understand what it means to engage theological education in a diverse community. The courses are:
Theological Education and the Spiritual Journey, and Interpreting the Bible.

Academic trimesters

Three 10-week semesters start start in August and end in early May. June and July are open for Clinical Pastoral Education, courses in Hebrew and Greek, and personal time.

Academic Trimesters
Resident Faculty

Distinguished resident faculty

Student focused faculty teach our courses unlike institutions with satellite campus staff distant from the institution's core community.

Ecumenical commitment

At Lancaster Seminary, we're committed to engaging the differences among people as a resource for learning and faith. We seek to help you learn from the diversity of God’s people without insisting on particular doctrines or a single theological perspective.

More focused, relevant courses

You will take the required credit hours to meet national accreditation standards for the degree in a fewer number of courses that will be deeper and more focused. Foundational courses remain (like Introduction to Church History, New Testament) while adding new “question-driven” integrative courses that begin with a current church or societal need and draw from the resources of the tradition and current knowledge.

Our Innovative Curriculum

Grounding in Theological Education

Two key courses appear at the beginning of the curriculum to help you understand what it means to engage theological education in a diverse community. The courses are:
Theological Education and the Spiritual Journey, and Interpreting the Bible.

Foundational Courses

Devoted to traditional theological disciplines, these courses you appreciate the distinctive contributions that particular texts, modes of thought, and religious traditions can make to contemporary thought and community building. Examples include:

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Ethics
  • Theology
  • Pastoral Theology
  • Religious Education
  • Church History

Integrative Courses

Key required courses start with the questions and concerns of the church and the world and then turn to a variety of disciplines for resources and inspiration. Examples include:

  • Making
    Disciples
  • The Church and Social Change
  • Christianity and
    the Arts
  • Interpreting in Context

Electives

Elective offerings allow you to pursue your interests and to complete specializations in chaplaincy or spiritual direction.
Some examples of electives include:

  • Technologies, Information, and Ministry
  • Who is
    Jesus?
  • Addiction and Recovery
  • Womanist and Feminist Theory and Practice

Ministry Skills

Deepen practices of ministry through focused skill development in courses devoted to congregational life and beyond. Examples include Preaching, Worship, Developing Leaders.

Experiential Learning

In order to experience lived theology, you will complete two years of field education with trained supervisors, and embark on a Cross-Cultural Immersion Experience, traveling to a culture different from your own.
Lancaster Theological Seminary has a 50-year history of helping students engage global realities.

Formation

Lancaster Theological Seminary is committed to helping you develop a life-long commitment to individual and communal spiritual practices, rooted in faith, hope, love, and justice. This commitment is reflected in the ways that we teach and you learn. Examples include Ministerial Formation Seminars, Boundary Training, Knowing God, Ministerial Ethics.

Advanced Courses

Scheduled after graduation and at no additional cost, these courses allow you to continue your education in community.

Affordable and Accessible

Our new MDiv makes it easy to budget your expenses with an annual rate tuition that takes the guesswork out of your financial planning. The annual tuition costs are posted here.

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