Master of Divinity
Meadville Lombard offers a unique model for theological education, designed to prepare you for ministry for our theologically diverse, multicultural, multiracial world. You will learn the theory and practice of religious leadership and will be challenged to consider what the world requires from religious leadership while you are supported by faculty, clergy, community leaders and your fellow students. Through our educational model, you will learn while doing because everything we do is based on insights from Engaged Buddhism, Native American traditions, and feminist theory:
"We do not think ourselves into new ways of acting,
The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree is a three-year, low-residency program that prepares you for ordained ministry in roles as varied as Parish Ministry, Chaplaincy, and Not-for-Profit leadership. If full-time graduate study is not in your immediate future, you may also complete the program part-time. Most of our part-time students complete the degree within four to six years.
One of the distinctive elements of our low-residency model is you may participate from where you currently live or you may chose to relocate to take advantage of new and different learning environments beyond your home community. As you prepare to enter the program, you will work with the Rev. Darrick Jackson, our Director of Contextual Ministry, to find the best fit for your personal formation.
While we are a Unitarian Universalist seminary, we encourage ministerial aspirants of other faith traditions who seek a ground-breaking experience with world-class faculty to consider our MDiv degree program. This PDF provides a general overview of the Meadville Lombard learning community, Meadville Lombard TouchPoint℠ low-residency format, and the Master of Divinity degree program.
Meadville Lombard's MDiv program is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and satisfies the requirements of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Master of Divinity Signature Courses
Master of Divinity Core Requirements
Clinical Pastoral Education
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