All Christians are called to be ministers of the Gospel, but there are many different vocations in which a believer can answer that call.

Our MDiv is designed to give comprehensive biblical, theological, cultural, and practical training to those desiring preparation for some form of Christian ministerial or academic leadership, all within the context of Trinity’s broadly evangelical ethos.

Where can this degree take me?

The Master of Divinity is considered the standard professional degree for ordained pastoral ministry, as well as providing an excellent foundation for further academic work and many other unique ministry contexts. MDiv alumni have gone on to a wide variety of vocational pursuits, including pastors, denominational leaders, scholars, authors, community development leaders, and missionary workers in many different contexts locally, nationally, and globally. The MDiv is the prerequisite degree for Doctor of Ministry (DMin) programs and is the recommended graduate degree for those intending to pursue advanced theological study (usually at the ThM or Ph.D. levels).

What will I study?

The Master of Divinity curriculum (94 hours total) is centered on four primary areas:

Scripture and Interpretation - 35 hours

  • ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
  • NT 5210 NT Greek Exegesis I 4 hours
  • NT 5211 NT Greek Exegesis II 2 hours
  • NT 5212 NT Greek Exegesis III 1 hour
  • NT 6600 Preaching from the New Testament 1 hour
  • NT 6221 Synoptics and Johannine Literature 3 hours
  • NT 6222 Acts, Pauline, and General Epistles 3 hours
  • OT 5240 Elementary Hebrew I 3 hours
  • OT 5241 Elementary Hebrew II 3 hours
  • OT 5242 Hebrew Exegesis 4 hours
  • OT 6216 Pentateuch and Historical Books 4 hours
  • OT 6217 Prophetic and Poetic Books

Theology and Tradition - 20 hours


  • CH 5010 History of Christianity 4 hours
  • PT 7410, 7412, 7415 Denominational History and Polity course 1 hour
  • ST 5101 Theology I: Introduction to Theology 3 hours
  • ST 5102 Theology II: Christ, Man, Sin, Salvation 3 hours
  • ST 5103 Theology III: Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things 3 hours
  • ST 5200 Christian Ethics 3 hours

Choose one of the following:

  • CH 5060 American Church History 3 hours
  • CH 7450 Christianity in the Non-Western World since 1700 3 hours
  • ME 6410 History of Missions in the Modern World (This is an alternative only for those in the Cross-Cultural Ministry focus)

Worldview and Culture - 8 hours


  • ME 5000 Foundations of Christian Mission
  • ME 6240 The Intercultural Missionary may be substituted for those in the Cross-Cultural Ministry focus 2 hours
  • ME 5001 Foundations of Evangelism 2 hours
  • PR 5500 Apologetics 2 hours

Choose one of the following:

  • BE 5900 Bioethics National Conference Course 2 hours
  • CC 5610 Cultural Hermeneutics 2 hours
  • ME 6610 Anthropology for Ministry 2 hours
  • PT 7860 Social and Cultural Exegesis 2 hours

Ministries and Practices - 31 hours

Includes required, ministry focus, and elective courses


  • CM 5000 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry Counseling 2 hours
  • CM 6000 Issues in Counseling Ministry (Possible substitutes for this include CO 5210, CM 5110, CM 6572, CO 7140) 1 hour
  • EM 5000 Educational Ministries in the Local Church 2 hours
  • HM 5000 Theology and Methodology of Biblical Preaching 2 hours
  • PT 5000 Personal Assessment and Ministry Orientation 1 hour
  • PT 7280 Christian Worship 2 hours
  • PT 7460 MDiv Capstone Seminar 1 hour
  • PT 7465 / 7466 Internship 2 hours

Field Education and Formation Group:

  • ID 5080 Formation Group (2 semesters) (recommended during first two semesters) 0 hours
  • PT 5090 Field Education (2 semesters) 0 hours
  • PT 5095 Cross-Cultural Field Education (1 semester) 0 hours

An additional 18 hours in this area come from your chosen Ministry Focus and electives.

Field Education and Internships

All Master of Divinity students must complete field education and internship requirements.

Field education and internships involve supervised work in a field-based ministry, which is generally a Christian organization or church outside of the TEDS community. This part of the TEDS degree programs is designed to:

  1. Integrate classroom studies with an on-the-ground ministry.
  2. Aid in acquiring, reinforcing, and refining ministry knowledge and skills.
  3. Assist in the assessment and development of Christian character, spirituality, and ministerial call and identity.

Field education and internship experiences are guided by a supervisor who serves as a mentor and equipper. Opportunities for Trinity students in the Chicago metropolitan area are abundant and diverse. Field education and internship courses may be taken in any semester and completed anywhere in the world. Students enrolled at Extension Sites and at the Florida Regional Center are required to meet the same field requirements as students enrolled at the Deerfield campus.

Ministry Focus

There are seven ministry foci available which allow you to focus your MDiv more sharply (plus the option to create a unique focus not listed here):

  • Specialized Ministry
  • Research Ministry
  • Pastoral Care
  • Cross-Cultural Ministry
  • Congregational Team Ministry
  • Pastor-Teacher
  • Chaplaincy
  • Compassion & Justice

What are the prerequisites for admission to this program?

Specific to the MDiv are the following general prerequisites; see full prerequisites for further specific details:

  1. A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is preferred, though not necessarily required.
  2. Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are required if your GPA is less than 2.5 or if the Admissions Office requests them.
  3. A demonstrated a working knowledge of the English Bible (this can be demonstrated after admission through either some specific coursework or the Standard Bible Content Test).
  4. Applicants with prior Greek or Hebrew experience may be able to take the Greek Proficiency Exam or the Hebrew Proficiency Exam; these allow you to place further along in the language courses. You don’t need to have taken Greek or Hebrew to be accepted to the MDiv; we will teach you!
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