Master of Divinity/Master of Ministry (M.Div./M.Min.)

The application deadline for August 2021 entry is June 1, 2021. All MDiv students, both residential and Access (distance), begin with a 2-week residential August Intensive course. 

The Master of Divinity and Master of Ministry degrees are equivalent degrees, with the same requirements. Students may elect to have their diplomas indicate either degree name. The M.Div./M.Min. is available through residential study and ESR Access, our distance learning program.

ESR's Master of Divinity/Master of Ministry degree is designed to equip graduates for many fields of ministry, including pastoral ministry, Quaker ministry, religious leadership, chaplaincy, hospital ministries, religious education, campus ministry, spiritual direction, peace and justice, and writing ministries. Some students choose this degree in preparation for professional certifications, work in doctoral studies, or advanced professional programs.

Residential students should be able to complete an M.Div./M.Min. in three years. ESR Access students should plan to commit to five years in order to complete their studies. Both residential and Access students are required to complete 75 credit hours for graduation, through semester long and two-week or week-end intensive classes. Access students have a residency requirement of 8 classes and 4 of those can be in blended format (via Zoom).

Click here to see an outline of the M.Div./M.Min. program.

Foundational Studies

Core classes are required of all students. These include formational courses, including spiritual formation and personal practice, and foundational courses, such as Introduction to New Testament. These courses provide a sound basis, and meet educational requirements for, theological education, and prepare students to identify and develop their gifts for ministry. Integrative courses like our Comprehensive Seminar allow students to demonstrate progress and readiness for ministry.

Emphases that Match Student Interests

Beyond required courses, our M.Div./M.Min. program provides students the opportunity to pursue specific interests by declaring a ministry emphasis and choice of internship. These emphases are:

  • Entrepreneurial Ministry, provides a foundation, content, plus a cohort group to help those individuals called to entrepreneurial forms of ministry, including the launch of that ministry before program’s conclusion.
  • Pastoral Care, which equips students to offer care and counsel to others.
  • Pastoral Ministry, which prepares students for work in congregations.
  • Peace and Justice, which develops students’ understanding of our role as Christian peacemakers.
  • Quaker Ministry, which advances exploration of Quakers’ understanding of God, humanity, faith, and practice.
  • Spirituality, which prepares students to minister to others who seek spiritual growth.
  • Teaching, which provides spiritual and practical foundations for educational professionals
  • Writing, which focuses on Quakers’ understanding of writing as public ministry.
  • Unitarian Universalist Ministry, provides UU students ESR’s uniquely Quaker blend of Biblical, theological and historical studies, spiritual formation, and vocational discernment, alongside dedicated UU coursework through MTSO in Unitarian Universalist history, polity, and worship.

In addition, students can develop their own emphasis in consultation with the faculty as long as this emphasis can be supported by the areas of expertise of the School's faculty. Students may also choose to focus on overall competency in ministry rather than a specific emphasis. In this case, students receive academic training that supports a wide range of interests. A required internship provides each student with practical training that supports the form of ministry the student has chosen.

Requirements for Transfer Students

ESR welcomes students who elect to transfer to our M.Div./M.Min. program from other seminaries. Residency requirements require that at least 24 of the 75 required semester hours be completed at ESR. Courses completed at ESR must include the capstones Comprehensive Seminar and Supervised Ministry.

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