Master of Divinity (MDiv)


Credit Hours


Years to Complete

  • Residential
  • Hybrid

    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.


    Your home for a Reformed MDiv. Explore the kingdom of God in a streamlined program that is cohesive and applicable to your ministry.

    Welcome to the premier Reformed Master of Divinity program. Two teaching formats and a competency-based learning model give you flexibility to forge the path that best fits your calling.

    Your MDiv should be centered on Christ. With Christ at the core, Calvin has built a program of four cornerstone questions to guide your journey:

    -What is our ministry context?

    -How does the gospel engage our context?

    -What is God calling us to in this context?

    -What is the person and role of a servant leader in this context?

    All of these questions will shape you as a ministry professional, equipped with practical tools for missions, evangelism, and discipleship.

    Contextual Learning

    In addition to their classroom work, Master of Divinity students work closely with the Vocational Formation Office and be placed in a contextual learning context, in order to enrich their studies and provide them on-the-ground experience.

    These placements, which are based on the students ministry and vocational interests, are assigned early in a student’s program, often within the first year. For more information on the Vocational Formation program at Calvin Seminary, visit their webpage.

    Format Options

    The Master of Divinity program can be completed either in residence or by way of the hybrid format. Through the hybrid distance learning option, students take course work online, but then come to campus mid-semester for one week for face-to-face time in the classroom with their professor and fellow students.


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    Calvin Seminary offers a wide range of scholarships and other financial assistance.

    In fact, in recent years, nearly $1.5 million in scholarship funds were awarded annually. For information on ways to make seminary more affordable, visit the Tuition and Aid webpage.

    Application Requirements and Deadlines

    A significant number of our students have not formally studied religion and theology prior to attending seminary. Students come from a range of educational backgrounds, from the sciences to the arts and humanities.

    Admission Requirements

    The Registrar’s Office, with oversight from the Admissions and Standards Committee, will examine the academic, professional and ministry background of each applicant. If it is determined that an applicant would benefit from further study in a particular area, a learning plan will be developed which could include specific seminary electives or additional courses from another academic institution.

    MDiv Specifics: Typically a bachelors degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution and have a grade point average of 2.67 (B-) or higher is required. Due to special circumstances, an applicant without a bachelor's degree may be considered, as is allowed by the Association of Theological Schools.

    A strong liberal arts education provides an excellent foundation for graduate level theological education. A liberal arts education shapes well-rounded, intellectually and culturally astute graduates. Therefore, it is recommended that a candidate’s baccalaureate preparation consist of courses in the liberal arts, including English, philosophy, history, literature, social science and natural science.

    For more details on admission requirements for the MDiv program, please review the MDiv section of the Academic Catalog.

    Non-native in English: Applicants who are non-native in English must submit official TOEFL exam results as a part of their application for admission. A minimum internet-based total score of 80 with a score of 23 in the writing section is required. Use Calvin Theological Seminary's institutional code 1096 to order scores.

    International Student Admissions: For information on international student application requirements, visit the international student information page below.

    Admission Deadlines

    Use the chart below to find out when your admission materials are due for a particular term. The due dates below are when all materials are due by (the application, recommendations, transcripts, etc). These dates are for both residential and distance hybrid students alike.

    Application Material Deadlines

    Fall Semester (September - December)
    July 1: North American Applicant Deadline June 1: International Student Deadline March 1: Apply for this date to be considered for first round of scholarship awarding. Note: if you miss this date it doesn't necessarily mean you won't receive a scholarship, but you may miss the first round of awarding.

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