M.Div./M.Min. Emphases

The M. Div/M. Min degree is designed to develop students’ competency for ministry. All degree-seeking students take core courses in biblical, historical, and theological studies, and spiritual formation. These are designed to provide a foundation of knowledge and skill in a variety of theological and ministry-related disciplines.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care ministry cares for and counsels others in understanding their personal stories through a spiritual or religious lens.

Pastoral Ministry

Pastoral work in local congregations remains one of the most visible manifestations of ministry. 

Peace & Justice

Quakers are strongly identified with issues of peace and social justice. Friends testimonies in these areas have led individuals to uphold social justice.

Quaker Ministry

Within Friends meetings and beyond, Quaker values speak to the condition of people who seek stronger relationships with God and humankind.

Religious Leadership

Even within a faith tradition that is egalitarian and community-focused, leadership is essential. 


Lives committed to prayer and worship. Quest for personal spiritual growth. Study of the Bible and devotional classics.


Writing as ministry has deep roots in the Quaker tradition. 


Educators in religious or secular institutions may choose to supplement their degree in education with an M.Div./M.Min.

Unitarian Universalist Ministry

ESR is committed to providing our UU students an educational background that can undergird a lifelong ministry.

ESR differs from many seminaries in our offering of ministry emphases. Residential students declare an emphasis that aligns with their interests and gifts. Elective courses within each emphasis help students build focused knowledge and skills that can be put into service in several areas, including pastoral care or ministry, peace and justice, Quaker ministry, religious leadership, spirituality, writingteaching, and Unitarian Universalist Ministry.

Specialized coursework more fully prepares each student for vocational or lay ministry in the area where they are led. It empowers those who want to offer ministry in a range of non-church-related vocational fields – from education to social work to public service.