Master of Divinity
in General Ministry

The Westminster Master of Divinity is the most rigorous and comprehensive course of study toward becoming a trained specialist in the Bible. It combines deep, exegetical-theological studies and preparation of the heart to care for Christ’s church.

Now delivered in both a fully online and fully on-campus experience.
Westminster’s integrated training will uniquely provide you with:

Competency in biblical languages to equip you to mine Scripture for yourself with accuracy, rather than rely entirely on secondary resources

A solid understanding of the continuity of redemptive history throughout the entirety of Scripture

Deep engagement with the story of the Church through the ages in dialogue with history’s greatest thinkers and theologians in an unrivaled Church History curriculum

Westminster’s signature approach to systematic theology that is rooted in biblical exegesis and the history of redemption

A distinct covenantal apologetic that brings every thought captive to Christ who is the source of all truth and life

Biblical exegesis in the original languages throughout the entire curriculum to ensure a full embrace of Holy Scripture

Precision in how to teach and apply the whole counsel of God in real-world situations for life and ministry

Practical opportunities to grow in principles of biblical leadership to prepare you to serve the church humbly and effectively

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Credit Hours


Years To Complete


Delivery Platforms

on-campus only
online only
Both On-campus & Online

Biblical Languages

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“Studying Greek has given me a greater passion for my love of Scripture. Learning the Bible in its original language allows the very words of Scripture to come to life and nourish both my mind and heart in my study and meditation of the Bible.”

integrated training
The Master of Divinity program combines a comprehensive study of the Word of God with practical ministry experience under the guidance of expert faculty.
Our curriculum is crafted to be cumulatively sequential and thoroughly integrated.

Each discipline derives its content and methodology from Scripture and therefore necessarily draws on—and informs—all other disciplines.

Biblical Languages
18 credits
  • Greek 1

  • Greek 2

  • Greek 3

  • Hebrew 1

  • Hebrew 2

  • Hebrew 3

Biblical Studies
32 credits
  • Hermeneutics

  • NT Introduction

  • OT Introduction

  • OT History & Theology 1

  • OT History & Theology 2

  • Prophetical Books

  • Poetry and Wisdom

  • The Gospels

  • Acts and Pauline Epistles

  • Hebrews to Revelation

Systematic Theology
18 credits
  • Introduction to Systematic Theology

  • Doctrine of God

  • Doctrine of Man

  • Doctrine of Christ

  • Doctrine of the Church

  • Doctrine of Salvation

  • Christian Ethics

Covenantal Apologetics
6 credits
  • Introduction to Apologetics

  • Principles of Christian Apologetics

Church History
11 credits
  • Ancient Church

  • Medieval Church

  • The Reformation

  • Church in the Modern Age

Pastoral Theology
10 credits
  • Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry

  • Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

  • Theology and Practice of Preaching (or) Gospel Communication

  • Foundations of Leadership in the Local Church

  • Theology of Evangelism and Missions

14 credits
  • Christianity and Culture

  • Science and Faith

  • Biblical Theology of Worship

  • Evangelism and Missions in the Local Church

  • Marriage Counseling

  • Peacemaking Pastor

  • Practices of Leadership in the Local Church

  • Expository Preaching from the New Testament

  • Expository Preaching from the Old Testament

  • Excellence in Theological Writing

Students have the opportunity to connect the riches of Westminster’s distinct curriculum with practical experience outside the classroom. Students must complete four modules designed to prepare them for a wide range of ministry responsibilities with the support of a personal mentor and experienced ministry leaders.
you will gain real-world experience in these areas:

Enhance your ability to proclaim the truths of Scripture to specific cultures, settings, and contexts.

Private Ministries

Learn how private and para-church ministries do God’s work through aiding their specialized calls and missions.

Church Leadership

Turn leadership concepts into action through spearheading an area of ministry, event, or program.


Practice the art of transforming key biblical concepts into well-communicated messages and lessons.

Personal and Spiritual Growth

Learn the importance of personal devotion, spiritual and relational growth as a future ministry leader.

Area of Your Choosing

Go in-depth into an area of ministry responsibility of your choice.

Westminster’s expert faculty is made up of dynamic biblical scholars who are personally invested in mentoring and training the next generation of specialists in the Bible.
Alfred Poirier
Pastoral Theology
Rob Edwards
Pastoral Theology
John Currie
Pastoral Theology
Scott Oliphint
Iain Duguid
Old Testament
David Garner
Systematic Theology
Vern Poythress
Systematic Theology
Brandon Crowe
New Testament
Jonathan Gibson
Old Testament
Todd Rester
Church History
Stephen Coleman
Old Testament
Elizabeth Groves
Old Testament
Mark Garcia
Systematic Theology
Peter Lillback
Church History

The Master of Divinity in General Ministry will prepare you to serve in a wide range of contexts.


Cross-cultural missions

Continuing academic scholarship

Seminary leadership

Vocational ministry

Christian education

Church pastorate


To better equip the global church, Westminster offers the Master of Divinity online and on-campus.

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A better way to learn online, for when you need to stay.

Greater flexibility that fits your life.

Engaging and innovative classroom environment.

Easy-to-use technology connects you to a global community.

Immediate application in life and ministry.


Deep community and discipleship through shared daily life.

Programs intentionally crafted for ministry preparation and deep academic study.

Unparalleled access to expert faculty who are invested in your life and ministry.

Life-on-life fellowship in a diverse and like-minded community.

Communal rhythms of prayer and worship woven into all areas of campus life.

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Student, MDiv 2018
Westminster has significantly strengthened my anchor in the Word, from which I am far better equipped to send out rescue lines to the campus where I minister.
Ben Jackson, MDiv 2017
Westminster captured my imagination for the beauty, believability, and bounty of Scripture.
Chase Daws, MDiv 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to complete my degree?

The MDiv in General Ministry requires 111 credit hours and can be completed in three or four years. The standard track is four years. The three-year track is much more intense and demanding but certainly possible for the determined student. The coursework can also be completed on a part-time schedule, with the requirement that all credits are completed within 10 years. Contact our admissions team to discuss your goals and determine the right pace for you.

What are the differences between online and on-campus formats?

All class formats deliver the same high-quality course material taught by our faculty. On-campus programs require students to take courses at our campus in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Online programs deliver courses through state-of-the-art digital platforms and are designed to be more flexible with scheduling.

Are there any scholarships for the online MDiv?

Our vision is to make Westminster‘s online programs both accessible and affordable for the global church. While scholarships are not yet available for online programs, we are raising funds to offer them soon. In the meantime, we encourage all students to seek support from their local church and ministry network, and apply to outside scholarship opportunities. Contact our admissions team for more information.

Can an online student take residential classes?

Yes, pending seat availability.

Can I audit online courses?

No, auditing is currently not available.

Where can I find answers to my other questions?

We are here to help. Please fill out a contact form or reach us at 267-579-2366.

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