The Master of Divinity (MDIV) degree is the standard degree required by many church denominations prior to ordination to pastoral ministry. Palmer Seminary prepares pastors for ministry in several different denominations. Students take the same core courses, then move on to upper-level courses that address denominational requirements, in what is called the "Pastoral Leadership" track. However, not all who earn the MDIV go on to pastoral ministry. The MDIV also prepares men and women for a variety of ministry-oriented vocations, doing so through a "Customized" track with a significant number of electives. MDIV students may apply for the Sider Scholarship and receive 50 percent off tuition. Palmer also awards three Presidential Scholarships to incoming students in the MDIV program. Learn more about our St. Davids MDIV program.
West Virginia MDIV
Palmer also offers the MDIV in West Virginia. Six courses are offered each year in two and a half day, or sometimes in week-long, residencies, with online work around them. This allows women and men that are serving in West Virginia and the wider region to develop their ministry skills while remaining close to home. Learn more about our West Virginia MDIV program.