Academic Programs

Tailored to You

Programs can be completed in a designated time or you may opt to move through the program at a slower speed. Contact us to discuss a degree plan tailored to meet your needs.




Master of Divinity

the standard for ministerial education and practice
This three-year 90-credit hour degree provides a breadth of education in all the areas of theological learning with a special focus on the practice of pastoral ministry. Whether serving in international missions, a rural church, an urban counseling center, a megachurch, or as a military or hospital chaplain, campus minister, college professor, or in any other venue, your ministry will be strengthened by an M.Div.
  • Christian Care and Counseling
  • Christian Education
  • Christian Ministries
  • Christian Theology
  • Church History
  • Historical Theology
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Urban Ministry
  • World Missions

Master of Arts in Religion

preparation for further academic study
This two-year 58-credit hour academic degree is designed for students who desire a theological background before pursuing further graduate or professional study or for work in a professional field outside of traditional ministries. In-depth biblical study is the focus with some training in practical ministerial skills.
  • Christian Theology
  • Church History
  • Historical Theology
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament

Master of Arts in Christian Ministries

stay where you are and enhance your current ministry

This three-year 48-credit hour practical ministries program is a mostly online degree designed to enhance the work you are already doing in ministry, without relocation. The curriculum combines both online courses and 1-2 on-campus residency weeks each year (online-blended). Professors come alongside you to teach you how to better apply theological concepts in your real-world ministry contexts. And your student cohort becomes a tight-knit group of friends and colleagues who continue to support and learn from each other’s various backgrounds and experiences. The world of ministry is changing, and Emmanuel can prepare you to better meet the needs of the people you are serving.

Doctor of Ministry

integrate your practical experience with deeper study

This three- to five-year 36-credit hour program enables ministers to integrate their practical experience in ministry with doctoral-level course work, all while accommodating their schedule. In addition to the benefits of deeper study, you will enjoy the support of fellow ministers. Classes are offered through one-week on-campus intensives, which allow you to learn, while in a retreat setting, that increasing religious pluralism, the expansion of world religions, and the globalization of theological education call for more breadth and depth in the education of Christian leaders. Emmanuel Christian Seminary is committed to the world mission of the church.

Certificate in
Christian Ministries

professional development for Christian ministry

This 16-hour online curriculum provides foundational competencies and professional development for those in full-time ministry. The curriculum spans the seminary’s core learning areas and includes courses in pastoral, biblical, theological, and historical study and is excellent continuing education for church staff. Courses can be applied to the Master of Arts in Christian Ministries or other seminary degree programs for those considering a future degree. Can be completed over 18 months or spread out over several years.

Certificate in
Counseling Ministry

expand your knowledge and application of counseling
This 19-hour graduate certificate program will introduce you to basic knowledge about both secular and Christian perspectives on counseling and how these may be applied in a church-based setting. Students who complete this program will be prepared to work in churches, mission agencies, and other settings in which informal counseling and support groups are often provided.