Frequently asked questions
Doctor of Ministry
The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Program offers training in ministry beyond the initial experiences of pastoral commitment. It intends renewal for the minister and the congregation. As an academic and practical program, the ETS D.Min. program has been developed to emphasize ministers' specific needs. Interpreting the meanings of theological symbols in the lived experience of ministry brings the whole context of faith to bear on immediate existential challenges of ministry. Worship, prayer, and meditation are explored as basic ways of understanding and living ministry.
Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is designed to be completed in 3 years of full-time study, but many students complete the degree in 5 - 7 years on a part-time basis. The program balances academic engagement with practical experience, while seeking to empower students to develop their spirituality and sense of calling. Students in this program find themselves strengthened academically and experience tremendous personal and spiritual growth.
Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry
The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (MAPM) program is designed to meet students' needs for pastoral-theological formation for ministry outside the local congregtion in a variety of professional venues that desire practical ministerial leadership skills, but do not require a Master of Divinity degree.
Master of Arts (Academic)
The Masters of Arts (MA) is an academic degree program offering a course of study in Biblical Studies. The MA program is intended to prepare students to seek further graduate study in pursuit of the terminal degree in Biblical Studies.
Certificate in Theological Studies
The Certificate in Theological Studies is designed for individuals who want to deepen and enrich their spiritual life through theological study, who are exploring their call to ministry, or who want enhancement of their theological knowledge in service to the church. Classes taken for the Certificate in Theological Studies are eligible to be applied to the MDiv or MAPM should the student choose to enter either of those programs.
Urban Ministry Diploma
The Urban Ministry Diploma Program (UMD) is a non-degree course of study in theology and ministry designed for clergy and laypeople. The aim of the program is to provide theological and ministerial training that is concise, practical, specific to urban church ministry -- and that is multicultural, cross-cultural, and ecumenical in focus. The only requirement for entrance is a High School Diploma or GED, as well a a passion for ministry. Students who excel in the UMD program may be admitted into one of ETS's Master's programs, even without a Bachelor's Degree.
Continuing Education Certificates
Continuing Education Certificates are designed for non-degree seeking pastors, lay people, and corporate or small business emplyees seeking professional development required by their employer or simply for personal growth. These Certificates are focused on social justice issues like Race, Racism and Diversity, African Amerian Religion, Environmental Justice, etc.