The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program is designed to prepare persons for:
Because of our social location as the graduate school of theology of a Historically Black College/University (HBCU), the MDiv curriculum uniquely sensitizes students to the relevance of the rich social, cultural, and religious history, heritage, and traditions of the peoples and cultures of Africa and the African diaspora as a guiding motif for theological understanding and inquiry.
As a first theological degree, the MDiv seeks to provide a broad theological foundation with practical applications for ministry engagement as well as further study in a theological discipline. The Master of Divinity degree program is offered in a three-year full-time format as well as a five-year Extended Preparation Program format and requires 81 semester hours of credit (27 courses). Students who transfer to STVU to complete an MDiv started elsewhere must complete at least 42 credit hours at STVU and fulfill all degree requirements for graduation.
Our academic year is comprised of five terms – Fall, J-term, Spring, Maymester and Summer. Each course is worth 3 credit hours. Required and elective MDiv courses are offered during on weekdays, evenings, and on Saturdays. Select courses are offered in hybrid, one-week intensive, and year-long (fall registration only) formats.
Required and elective credits can be taken in the pattern of study that best fits students’ schedules, learning styles, and interests: in-person courses, online courses, hybrid courses, one-week intensive courses, directed study, independent study, and through service learning or experiential learning opportunities. More information on requirements and limitations for classroom and non-classroom alternatives can be found in the current academic catalog and program manual. Students should consult with their faculty advisor early in their program to discuss their educational goals and plan the best way to earn required elective credit that meets their interests and needs.
The admission process varies among degree programs. For more information about enrolling in the Master of Divinity degree program, please contact the School of Theology at (804) 257-5716 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.