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Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Earn your Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Marylhurst

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Are you called to serve as a professional pastoral care provider — chaplain, ministerial leader, spiritual director, educator or other career that involves the practice of ministry and theology? Then earn your Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Marylhurst University and pursue your calling.

Master of Divinity curriculum

Our curriculum develops a strong and balanced theological foundation within an educational, professional and spiritual context. You will grow in wholeness through a greater understanding of self, connection with others, the universe and the Divine.

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Marylhurst's Master of Divinity graduates are able to:

  • Work as a spiritual counselor/director
  • Integrate psychology and theology using theological reflection models
  • Provide pastoral and spiritual care in various settings
  • Develop strategies for maintaining personal physical, intellectual, social and spiritual wellness while providing pastoral and spiritual care to others
  • Comprehend the cultural foundations, major literary expression and teachings of religious or philosophical systems
  • Identify and clarify one's own position on theology, spirituality, morality and philosophy of life

Career paths for graduates with an M.Div.

The M.Div. will prepare you for a role as chaplain in a health care setting or correctional institution, spiritual director of a retreat center, workshop facilitator, educator or other career that involves the practice of ministry and theology.

You may choose to prepare for ordination in a specific tradition, meeting the requirements of your congregation while taking classes in our Master of Divinity program.

You may fulfill chaplain certification requirements through our Master of Divinity coursework. Our program prepares you for licensing with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). As of 2005, NACC now requires a master's degree in a theological area.

If you are interested in teaching at a college, university or seminary, you might pursue a doctoral degree. The Master of Divinity is a prerequisite for most Doctor of Ministry programs and some Doctor of Philosophy programs.


Marylhurst University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

The graduate religious studies department is an associate member of the Association of Theological Schools.

Marylhurst University graduate religious studies program effectiveness

In 2011-2012, 90 percent of students who completed the Master of Arts in Applied Pastoral Theology and Master of Divinity programs have found placements appropriate to their vocational intention and theological education.

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