Master of Divinity
Earn Your Master of Divinity
As you respond to God’s call to vocational ministry, a master of divinity (MDiv) is the foundation you need to seek ordination to Christian service. While historically the degree is focused on training individuals for congregational ministry, North Park’s MDiv is also excellent preparation for leadership in specialized ministries, including parachurch and nonprofit organizations. The flexibility within the degree, the Seminary’s centrality in the Evangelical Covenant Church community, and the academic and community resources at North Park allow you to explore topics unique to your current and future ministries while you develop the theological and formational foundation you need for your vocational life.
Why North Park?
As the seminary of the Evangelical Covenant Church and as a school committed to our home in Chicago, North Park Theological Seminary draws men and women from diverse backgrounds to work together as they explore their calls to ministry. You’ll learn alongside individuals from many Christian traditions; this rich academic culture is made distinctive by the close relationships fostered among students and faculty. North Park’s program can be tailored for students of all ages and calls, and is committed to developing leaders who are missionary competent—women and men who can serve with compassion and confidence across many cultures and locations.
Study In-Person and Online
An MDiv can be completed in three years of full-time study and internship, although many of our students choose to complete the program over a longer period of time and through a combination of in-person, online, and intensive hybrid courses.
The MDiv curriculum provides foundational knowledge in the Bible, Christian history, theology, and ancient languages, while also delivering essential skills in areas like preaching and leadership. Students can take advantage of other centers of excellence at North Park University, including courses in the School of Business and Nonprofit Management.
“The gift and the blessing of a North Park Seminary education is that you are doing it with people you know you will see year after year,” says Britta Burger C’10 S’13, who with her husband Paul C’10 S13, completed an MDiv at North Park. The two pastor together at Bethany Covenant Church in Mount Vernon, Washington.
Where Our Alumni Serve
- Covenant Heights Camp and Retreat Center
- Covenant churches around the world
- Paraclete Press
- U.S. Navy
- Sinai Health System
- Mayo Clinic
- ScholarLeaders International
- Peace Catalyst International
From the moment you enter Seminary, you will be immersed in a community that places vocational development front and center alongside academic preparation. Identity and spiritual formation coursework, psychological and biblical testing, and supervised practical experience are all crucial elements of your development as a minister.
Field Education complements your academic work at North Park Theological Seminary. Eleven credits earned from classes and internship will give further context to your studies, help you learn to navigate interpersonal relationships from a pastoral perspective, and give you insights into ministry organization.
A Seminary education goes far beyond the classroom. North Park Theological Seminary offers numerous opportunities, including on-campus housing, community events, and worship services, all within the world-class city of Chicago.
Credentialing in the ECC
Ordination in the ECC is a multi-step process, and requires advanced theological training. Our master of divinity covers all the educational requirements for Ordination to Word and Sacrament in the denomination. As the only ECC seminary, North Park is uniquely equipped to walk alongside you as you earn your degree and move into ministry and the credentialing process, starting with our Call to Ministry experience specifically for individuals wanting to serve in Covenant churches.
Last updated December 8, 2015