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Master of Divinity

Talbot School of Theology


Prepare for a lifetime of faithful, effective ministry with Talbot’s Master of Divinity degree — a flexible and wide-ranging program designed to ready you for the intellectual, spiritual and practical needs you’ll encounter in your calling as a servant of the gospel.

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 M.Div. program prepares you 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, you’ll receive a broad-based biblical and theological education coupled with practical training in ministry leadership.

As a student in the Master of Divinity program, you have the opportunity to choose one of six concentrations, each tailored to different vocational interests and callings. At 79 credits, the program can be completed in three to four years of full-time study. And with more than half of the coursework available online — or fully online for the Missions and Intercultural Studies and Pastoral and General Ministries concentrations — the program allows you to pursue your degree without hitting pause on your current work and ministry.


Program Structure

Each of the six concentrations within Talbot’s Master of Divinity degree is built around a common structure. The program’s 79 credits include:

  • 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 M.Div. program is a set of concentration-specific courses, which vary according to your choice of emphasis.
  • Biblical Languages. All M.Div. 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 includes a flexible elective requirement, allowing you to take courses suited to your specific interests and goals.
3–5 years
Standard Duration
This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary by student depending on background and courseload.
Total Program Credits
Every program at Biola University features rigorous academics, biblically integrated curriculum and vocational preparation.
Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.