GCU College of Theology

Pastorally Oriented Theological Studies

As the standard degree for ordained professional ministry, the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) appeals to students who are called to serve in local churches, Christian organizations and in other ministerial settings. It provides a foundation for advanced study and a successful academic career.

The MDiv's pastorally oriented curriculum emphasizes the centrality of the gospel, the significance of the church and the pressing need to advance the Kingdom of God through missions. It captures the crucial components of a well-rounded theological education that inspire a life of faithful ministry.



MDiv Residency Component

The strategically designed residency component in the Master of Divinity degree advances learning in a conference-style environment at key points in the program. The MDiv features three residencies at our campus in Phoenix for a week long intensive. This gives you an opportunity to work collaboratively with professors and classmates about once during each year of the program.

Each residency experience centers on a major area of study that draws on knowledge gained through previous coursework. The residency effectively hones interpersonal skills, cultivates communicative abilities and it develops biblical leadership qualities. Students can apply biblical concepts as they develop skill and experience alongside other learners.

Through several co-curricular opportunities for worship, students can interact with each other and with missionaries, ministers and leaders who currently serve in vocational ministry. In this collaborative environment, gospel-minded students and professors strive to sharpen one another just as "iron sharpens iron" (Proverbs 27:17).

They have the ability to develop a network of mentors and colleagues while remaining rooted in the community where they intend to serve.

Students in residence enjoy opportunities to learn about the most recent theological publications and tools for ministry. At various points, campus tours are arranged alongside fellowship time with professors and peers.

Highlights of the Residency Program

  • Residency I: Christian Worldview and Mission
    Explore the biblical, historical and theological bases for cross-cultural contextualization of the Christian worldview.      
  • Residency II: Christ-Centered Preaching
    Develop skills for the preparation and delivery of powerful expository sermons. through an integrative study of biblically sound principles and practices for rightly handling God's word.  
  • Residency III: Pastoral Theology
    Examine the roles and responsibilities of ministers as they lead and shepherd God's people in a practically oriented, theological study.

New Master of Divinity Programs

Master of Divinity
Master of Divinity with an Emphasis in Global Ministry
Master of Divinity with an Emphasis in Worship Leadership

Choose an Emphasis

The online MDiv program offers an added focus for specialized ministry. Students can select the standard track or choose an area of emphasis for their theological studies:

Standard Track

Receive focused preparation for pastoral ministry.

Global Ministry

Gain the competencies needed to serve as an effective missions leader in a church or mission agency across North America and internationally.

Worship Leadership

Receive preparation for a career in worship ministry, and learn to serve as an effective worship leader.