Academics

Equipped for Your Calling

Degrees & Programs

Seminary education

As you pursue God's unique calling on your life, you need a seminary education that can prepare you to hit the ground running, ready for relevant, real-world ministry in this world. You also need degree options that fit your life situation.

Calvin Seminary's academic programs are designed to equip you for your calling with its deeply-held foundation in Reformed Christian theology and intentional focus on the church as God's agent of hope for the world. In all of the Seminary's programs, you will find excellent teaching from superb theological minds, a commitment to whole-person formation for ministry and above all, a deep reverence for the beauty and power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Master Degrees

Master of Divinity (MDiv) 101

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is Calvin Seminary’s top-enrolled program, designed to prepare you for diverse ministry opportunities, from pastoral ministry to chaplaincy to missions.

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Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership 39

Through the Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership program, you’ll be empowered to learn, grow, and enrich your ministry—all within a theologically rich community of students, professors, and mentors.

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Master of Arts (Bible and Theology) 39

The Master of Arts in Bible and Theology program is designed to help you make new connections as you explore the Bible, systematic theology, and church history in context. Deepen your academic knowledge of the Christian faith and enrich your understanding of the Bible.

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Master of Theological Studies (MTS) 65

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program empowers you to understand the Christian faith more deeply while equipping you for further academic study and careers enriched by a strong understanding of theology.

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Master of Theology (ThM) 21

The Master of Theology (ThM) program is a post-MDiv/post-MTS program designed for advanced study and academic research in a specialized area of the theological curriculum. As a seminary graduate, you will have the opportunity to extend your education in a particular field or to prepare for doctoral-level work through a one- to two-year program and a capstone thesis or a major research paper.

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Certificate Programs

Certificate in Bible Instruction 15

The Certificate in Bible Instruction is designed to equip teachers of all grade levels with a strong knowledge base in biblical studies in order to prepare them to teach and instruct on the Bible with competence and accuracy.

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Certificate in Education, Youth, and Family 16

Follow your calling in Christian education, youth ministry, or family ministry, through a program focused on expanding your strategy and vision.

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Certificate in Missional Leadership 17

Explore your role as a missional leader through practical, applied learning with a theological foundation.

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Certificate in Pastoral Care 16

Prepare to take on the challenges of pastoral care, shepherding God’s people with wisdom, grace, and truth through life’s most joyous and trying occasions.

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Certificate in Pastoral Leadership 17

Grow as a pastor and leader, gaining new skills and knowledge to nurture the community of disciples entrusted to you.

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Certificate in Worship 16

Unleash your gifts to enrich community worship, bringing praise to our Creator through dynamic education with theological grounding.

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Doctoral and Postgraduate Degrees

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) 36

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program is designed to equip you for teaching and research in colleges, theological seminaries, and universities; and for advanced church leadership.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin) 36

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) encourages you to flourish as a pastoral leader who makes and nurtures communities of disciples. Through the DMin program your ministry will benefit from intentional coursework, directed spiritual growth, and formative peer relationships.

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Time to Degrees

Typical Time to Degrees

3-4Years

Master of Divinity

2Years

Master of Arts (MA)

2-3Years

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

1-2Years

Master of Theology (ThM)

5Years

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

You can count on a Calvin Theological Seminary education to be:

  • Biblically grounded
  • Thoughtfully Reformed
  • Committed to personal spiritual formation
  • Academically excellent
  • Designed for authentic Christian ministry
  • Filled interdisciplinary connections
  • Relationship-based
  • Cross-cultural and inclusive
  • Responsive to global Christianity
  • Innovative in learning and teaching
  • Spiritually alive