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Master of Divinity (MDiv)


Prepare for a lifetime of faithful and effective professional ministry with the Master of Divinity degree, taught at one of the top theological schools. Talbot’s MDiv is a flexible (with more than halfwork of the coursework available online across all concentrations) and wide-ranging program designed to ready you for the intellectual, spiritual and practical needs you'll encounter as you pursue your calling.

As the flagship program for men and women called to serve in the church, missions or other Christian ministry — especially those seeking positions that require ordination — Talbot's MDiv degree program offers a pastoral education at a prominent theological seminary. Students learn to be faithful to the Bible, committed to the church, reliant upon the Spirit and serious about the gospel. Under the guidance of reputable Christian scholars, MDiv students receive a broad biblical and theological education, coupled with practical training in ministry leadership to further their personal and spiritual formation and prepare them for the work ahead.

This program offers six distinct concentrations, which are all built around a common structure that includes:

  • Biblical and Theological Foundations. This set of foundational coursework equips you to study and apply the Bible faithfully and seriously, and to understand the essential doctrines of the Christian faith.
  • Spiritual Formation Core (SFC). This set of five courses is designed to deepen your experience of life in the Spirit through prayer, retreats, small groups, spiritual direction and theology of spiritual growth. (Note: This requirement varies in the Messianic Jewish Studies and Spiritual Formation concentrations.)
  • Area of Specialization. The primary share of the MDiv program is a set of concentration-specific courses, which vary according to your choice of emphasis.
  • Biblical Languages. All MDiv students complete a series of courses in the two primary biblical languages, Hebrew and Greek, either of which may be completed first.
  • Elective Courses. Some concentrations include a flexible elective requirement, allowing you to take courses suited to your specific interests and goals.

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  • Evangelism and Discipleship
    Format: On Campus; Hybrid — This concentration will prepare you to be an effective evangelist, ready to disciple believers in living the Christian life and equip others involved in outreach or evangelistic Christian ministry.
  • Messianic Jewish Studies
    Format: On Campus in New York and Los Angeles; Hybrid — This concentration is geared toward men and women who have had experience in ministry and desire additional training and a specialized study of the Bible and theology with a focus on Jewish studies and Jewish ministry.
  • Missions and Intercultural Studies
    Format: On Campus; Fully Online; Hybrid — This concentration will prepare you to advance God’s global mission through pastoral ministry in the local church, the mission field or other local or international intercultural settings. Study aspects of church history, cultural anthropology, Greek, Hebrew and much more.
  • Pastoral and General Ministries
    Format: On Campus; Fully Online; Hybrid — The most popular of Talbot’s MDiv concentrations, this program provides broad academic and practical training to equip you for a professional position in a variety of roles, whether as a pastor or youth ministry leader, in church leadership, church administration and ministry, or as an educator at the undergraduate, graduate and seminary levels.
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
    Format: On Campus; Hybrid — This concentration will prepare you to minister in areas of pastoral counseling, such as biblical counseling, conflict resolution, crisis management and grief counseling, as well as how to develop care teams and lay counselors.
  • Spiritual Formation
    Format: On Campus; Hybrid — This innovative degree program prepares you for pastoral leadership with a specialty in spiritual direction and soul care.

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On Campus: You'll study in person at Biola University's campus in Southern California.

Online: You'll take coursework fully online.

Hybrid (On Campus and Online): This program includes a blend of course formats, including online and in person at Biola University's Southern California campus.

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Every program at Biola University features rigorous academics, biblically integrated curriculum and vocational preparation.

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Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.