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Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Bexley Seabury’s Non-residential MDiv degree program fosters the theological education and spiritual formation of continually context-aware, critically reflective, and pastorally responsive ministry practitioners.


1: Experience a unique approach to field education

You will intern for a minimum of two years in a participating Communities of Learning and Formation (CLF) field site—a congregation, chaplaincy, or another ministry setting. Your field education experience will:

  • Reflect the charism of your place of ministry;
  • Integrate dialogue with a core group of CLF leaders; and
  • Include supervising clergy and the people with whom they minister in your teaching-learning community.

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2: Develop as a leader and as a strategic thinker.

You will learn to exercise effective leadership and to deploy practical tools for community-building and engagement. Particularly focused courses include:

  • Three advanced-level courses in Congregational Leadership and Development that are taken alongside experienced practitioners from diverse ministry contexts, such as relational community organizing and asset-based community development.
  • Reading Across Religious Divides: An Introduction to Scriptural Reasoning, a practice of interfaith reading of sacred texts that teaches skills essential for effective leadership in today’s pluralistic religious culture.
  • A travel seminar, such as Learning from London: Mission and Evangelism in the 21st Century.

3: Link learning to experience.

In all courses, you will be challenged to connect what you learn with what is happening in the world, the church, and in your local ministry setting.

4: Enjoy high flexibility.

  • On-campus sessions for required Bexley Seabury courses meet two to three weekends per fall and spring semesters, and week-long courses, or for one week in January or June.
  • Courses taken in conjunction with Chicago Theological Seminary may be taken 100% online.
  • The MDIV degree can be completed in three years of full-time study or up to five years, depending on your professional, family, and ministry responsibilities.

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