Master of Divinity Degree

Online        On campus

Increase your knowledge of Scripture and strengthen your passion for pastoral ministry with a Master of Divinity. You’ll grow in your faith as you dig deeper into God’s Word, practice expository preaching, and apply biblical principles to the challenges that churches face today.

Prepare for effective servant-leadership with a seminary degree that equips you to share the gospel boldly, preach the Word clearly, and shepherd the flock faithfully. Whether you earn your degree online or on-campus, you’ll thrive through focused study and mentorship from experienced ministry leaders.

Credit hours


Per credit hour (2019–2020)

Online class monthly cost with FlexPay (4 total payments, 3-credit class)

3 Study Options

  • Online, Full Semesters
  • On Campus, Full Semesters
  • On Campus, Short Sessions

Learning Outcomes

You’ll be able to

  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the Word of God through expositional study,
  • offer a credible defense of sound doctrine,
  • integrate a greater understanding of Scripture into various ministry contexts,
  • evaluate current issues affecting ministry in light of biblical teaching,
  • formulate a biblical philosophy of pastoral ministry based upon biblical methodology,
  • present advanced biblical truth correctly and clearly by means of expository discourse, and
  • integrate skills in the original language with their study of the Word of God.

Plan of Study

With PTS, you can earn your Master of Divinity—no matter your undergraduate training. You’ll simply follow one of two tracks designed to build on your previous education.

Up to 24 hours of advanced standing can be granted for certain undergraduate coursework, and up to 32 hours of credits can be transferred from a seminary degree. At least 64 credit hours must be completed through PTS. If you have not taken Baptist Polity and/or Church Planting as a PCC undergraduate, you’ll add to your track PT 501 Baptist Polity and/or PT 513 Evangelism and Church Planting.

Track One

Track Two

For students without Bible undergraduate training


Admission Requirements

The Master of Divinity application is available to men preparing for active, full-time ministry. M.Div. students are not required to have majored in Bible on the undergraduate level, but a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA is required.

Incoming students may receive up to 24 hours of advanced standing. Advanced standing will be granted only for undergraduate courses with content comparable to those offered at Pensacola Theological Seminary and in which at least a “B-” was earned.

All Applicants Must Submit the Following:

For more information, see General Admission Requirements.

Residence Requirements

You can complete all your coursework 100% online, without ever being required to come to PTS.

Courses are also offered on campus during short summer sessions (about 2 weeks each) and during the fall and spring semesters.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Short sessions on campus have start dates throughout the summer.
  • Online-learning semesters begin each fall, spring, and summer.
  • On-campus semesters begin each fall and spring.

See the Calendar of Events for more information.

Your Master of Divinity must be completed within 7 consecutive years.

Top FAQs

If I study online, will I have to watch lectures live?

While you’ll get the same full-length lectures as on-campus students, they’re prerecorded in-classroom so you can fit them around your schedule. Every lecture will be available 24/7 on your easy-to-use online dashboard.

Can I transfer credits from somewhere else?

Up to 32 hours of approved seminary credit can be transferred prior to starting your Master of Divinity.

Can I take a semester off between classes?

Feel free to take semesters off when you need to! If you take off 12 months or more between classes, though, you’ll be considered a reenrolling student and need to reapply. Also keep in mind you have 7 years to complete your degree from the date you start.