We exist to train the next generation of gospel ministers. Our degree programs outline this focus. All the programs below hold the same high standards of biblical, confessional, and pastoral training.
Our focus has always been training pastors, and the program designed to do this is our MDiv (also available as BDiv). Our MDiv is longer than most, with 124 credit hours required. It is designed to equip a man to be a pastor. It involves robust instruction in biblical languages; biblical content; theology; apologetics; pastoral counseling; and preaching.
Our instruction deals with the whole man. Extensive attention is given not just to academic instruction, but to mentoring and growth in godliness. All our full-time professors have at least five years of pastoral experience. Students are taught to be pastors by ordained men who served or serve as pastors.
All of this is done under the oversight of the church. We undertake our duties as a seminary in order to prepare men for ordination and for long-term service to the church. By God’s grace, over 92% of our divinity graduates still continue in pastoral ministry today – a record for which we are exceedingly grateful.
Our tuition costs are intentionally kept low through the generous support of donors and churches and many scholarships are available for divinity students. We want our students to graduate with a burden for the lost, not a burden of debt.
Because there is a need to serve some men who are not called to be pastors, we also have an MA program, and a specific track of MA that trains both deacons and ruling elders.
We also have two post-graduate research degree programs at the seminary, the ThM and the ThD. Admission to these advanced degree programs is very selective; they are intended for men who are actively engaged in pastoral ministry or missions, and have opportunity to serve the global church through ministerial education.
Our Degree Programs
Master of Divinity (MDiv)
Most of our students are enrolled in the MDiv program. Men come to Greenville Seminary to be trained for gospel ministry, and they graduate with a commitment to preaching, pastoring, and service to the church. Click here to view the four-year suggested course sequence.
Bachelor of Divinity (BDiv)
We offer a Bachelor of Divinity degree for qualifying students. The program is identical to the MDiv, and is suitable for men who meet certain criteria and who are seeking ordination in gospel ministry. We suggest that you speak with our Admissions Department to find out more. Click here to view the four-year suggested course sequence.
Some men are providentially hindered from studying in person for part of their study at Greenville Seminary. We provide distance education through a synchronous, in-class experience for students with this need.
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