Master of Divinity
CHARTING A NEW COURSE
IN MINISTRY TRAINING
The Yellowstone Theological Institute Master of Divinity degree is unique, challenging, and unparalleled in scope.
Our M.Div. students are motivated, creative achievers, called to ministry, and ready to serve. This program is not for the weak of heart, nor for those who simply want to gain a credential. It is for men and women, called to ministry, who want the challenge of a unique education, and who want the knowledge and tools to pursue ministry in a creative and critical fashion.
Charting a New Course
According to the Association of Theological Schools, “The purpose of the Master of Divinity degree is to prepare persons for ordained ministry and for general pastoral and religious leadership responsibilities in congregations and other settings.” (ATS Degree Program Standards, A.1.1.1 June 2012).
Yellowstone Theological Institute is charting a new course for a new era in theological and practical preparation for ministry. In an age where a student can earn a Master of Divinity degree completely online, YTI insists on full-time residential study. We earnestly believe that meaningful education occurs in community with professors, staff, laypersons, and other students. This does not minimize the use of computers or the necessity of online resources; it simply prioritizes human contact in the educational process.
Formats for Today’s World
YTI’s innovative residential Master of Divinity program aims to truly prepare students to minister in our dynamic world. In this pursuit, we are seeking to go beyond the traditional M.Div. program structure widely used in North American seminaries since the eighteenth century.
YTI’s M.Div. provides training in key biblical, theological, and cultural topics, as well as in practical skills for ministry. However, this content is delivered within integrated seminars rather than compartmentalized courses. Class sizes are intentionally kept small to allow for meaningful interaction between students and instructors.
Learning in Community
Education at YTI occurs within the context of the greater community. Here, students can engage in conversations with people having widely different opinions, conducted in mutual respect rooted in God’s love. YTI firmly believes that training for ministry must not occur behind high walls and in ivory towers, but within the ins and outs of day to day life.
The entire 80-acre YTI campus is a laboratory for theological education and hands-on ministry training. With 10 acres of buildings; 70 acres of gardens, orchards, sports fields, and arts studios; and miles of trails for hiking, riding, and skiing, the property’s Aspen Park is a place for Bozeman residents and YTI students to interact in unique ministry situations. Students learn in weekly seminars, guided ministry, and community interaction.
The goal is for Yellowstone Theological Institute M.Div. students to not merely earn a degree, but to actually become masters of divinity.