Our MDiv fits into your busy life!

Our Master of Divinity is designed for those seeking a vocation in ordained ministry or preparation for doctoral studies in religion.

New MDiv Debuts Fall 2024

Our new Master of Divinity degree (MDiv) prepares you to serve as a spiritual leader in your community. You will gain hands-on training for diverse religious, spiritual, and nonprofit careers while immersing yourself in transformative experiences. The MDiv is required for ordination in many denominations and sets the stage for advanced studies.

Our fully accredited MDiv is offered online and in person on both the Lancaster Seminary campus in Lancaster, Pa., and on the Moravian Seminary campus in Bethlehem, Pa.

Here’s What It Takes

Our MDiv is a 78-credit degree program. There are 54 required credits along with 24 credits set aside for electives and denomination-specific requirements.

You can finish in three years by taking 12+ credits per semester or finish in four-to-six years by taking fewer than 12 credits per semester.

Flexible and Innovative

Our MDiv is designed to fit your busy schedule, with full-time and part-time options, and courses offered both in person on-campus in Bethlehem and Lancaster and online.

We also offer a weekend schedule with classes on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings that is ideal for working adults.

Weekday classes are held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and on Friday starting at 7:00 p.m. No classes are held on Wednesday. Saturday classes are held at 9:00 a.m. and sometimes at 11:15 a.m.

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.

Click here for the 2024 Curriculum Overview.


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.

CAMPUS HOUSING is available for commuting students at Lancaster with hotel-style rooms for overnights in addition to one- and two-bedroom apartments for full-time residential students.

Our Innovative Curriculum

Required Courses:

Church History from Pentecost to Yesterday Leading Future Faith Communities​
Ecumenical Encounters: Articulating Faith in a Global Church New Testament and Early Christianity
Engaging the Questions Together Proclamation and Public Rhetoric
Field Education 1 and 2 Praxis and Social Change
Intercultural Immersion Seminar Religious Education in Theory and Practice
Introduction to Christian Ethics Spiritual Care in Contemporary Contexts
Introduction to the Old Testament Spiritual Quests & Theological Reflection
Introduction to Theological Education Worship

Lancaster Theological Seminary has partnered with Baltimore’s St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute to create a path to a Master of Divinity.

Students begin their MDiv coursework from the Ecumenical Institute.

For details or to schedule an appointment, email the Ecumenical Institute, ei@stmarys.edu.

Students complete the final portion of their Master of Divinity  program at Lancaster Seminary.