The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree is the traditional seminary degree. It is designed to equip students to be effective leaders for the Church including areas like counselling, chaplaincy, and missions. Through academic study and practical application, the thesis option allows deeper research into a particular topic and can be appropriate preparation for doctoral studies.

Program Duration
Designed to be completed in 3 years, if studying full-time. Students may study part-time and have up to 10 years to complete the program.

Admission Requirements

Agreement with the McMaster Divinity College Statement of Faith

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum B- average

Application Deadline

Fall Semester          June 1
Winter Semester    November 15


Approximate cost per course for incoming students is listed above. For full details, visit our Tuition and Fees page.


Biblical Studies: General, OT or NT
Church and Culture
Counselling and Spiritual Care
Pastoral Studies
Christian History and Worldview

Read more about each specialization.

Program Requirements

Number of courses
Biblical Studies
New Testament and/or Old Testament courses
(any 2 courses with codes beginning with NT or OT)
Theological Studies 2
Church History and/or Theological Studies courses
(any 2 courses with codes beginning with CH or TH)
Ministry Studies 6
Ministry Studies courses (any 6 courses with codes beginning with MS)
Ministry Formation  3
Multi-Term (online), To be completed alongside a weekly ministry placement
Spiritual Formation Retreat (Pass/Fail) [at end of program]
Specialization 8
8 courses in one of the following specializations:
Biblical Studies (BS)
Church and Culture (CC)
Counselling and Spiritual Care (CS)
Pastoral Studies (PS)
Christian History and Worldview (CW)
Electives 6
Free Electives OR 4 Free Electives + Thesis Option (25,000 words)
Program Total 27

Note: each course is equivalent to 3 semester hours

Thesis Option

There is also the option of doing a thesis as part of this degree.  Students who demonstrate sufficient academic success (at least a B+ or higher in their specialization and a GPA of at least B+) are encouraged to consider the thesis option.  The thesis allows students to pursue their own research, while working with an academic mentor on the faculty. Those who intend to go on for further academic training are strongly encouraged to pursue the thesis option.  (6 units)

Ministry Formation

The goal of Ministry Formation is to offer McMaster Divinity College students an opportunity for ministry experience, integration of classroom learning with ministry practice, and reflection on personal and theological issues as they pertain to their own development as ministering persons. The program seeks to be highly intentional in its process and outcomes so as to maximize the student’s development for future ministry. By emphasizing the central development tenets of “Knowing, Being, Doing,” the Ministry Formation program seeks to be integrated with the rest of the College’s curriculum, and is intentional in its desire to be an effective program for the formation of current and future ministers in the Church. Ministry Formation is a required course in all three years of the MDiv program. However, to allow for flexibility for students, the classroom component of Ministry Formation (Ministry Formation Seminar) is now offered online.

Course Format Options

Weekday courses – scheduled Monday to Wednesday at various times between 9:00am and 6:00pm
Evening courses – scheduled weekday evenings, 6:30pm – 8:20pm
Saturday courses – scheduled 4 Saturdays a term, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Online courses (Greek, Hebrew, and Spring term courses) – fully online, no in-person component
Hybrid courses – begins online and meets for 2 in-class sessions then continues online for the remainder of term

*The MDiv program may be fully completed in hybrid format.


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