Master of Divinity

Master of Divinity Offers a New Ministry Path for a Changing World

Women with backpacks walking on path in woodsWidely considered the standard educational track for ministry within most Christian denominations, a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree is the initial choice of many seminary students. But the Yellowstone Theological Institute Master of Divinity program goes beyond the scope of traditional MDiv programs, equipping students to share the richness and relevancy of God’s love with the world at large.

This is a divinity degree for doers, change-seekers, and lovers of the vibrant, aching heart of humanity. Students emerge from the YTI MDiv program ready to minister to a congregation, shepherd a nonprofit or social group, lead with love in a business organization, work as a chaplain, or apply their expertise as a therapist or counselor.

The Master of Divinity pathway gives access to in-depth theological and biblical study, as well as practical, hands-on ministry experience through community immersion. YTI’s MDiv program is designed to cultivate students’ leadership qualities and their ability to form meaningful connections across cultural boundaries.

This three-year residential program integrates the learning process into four interrelated areas of study: texts (biblical studies, languages), faith and life (theology, ethics, spirituality), arts and adventure (fine arts, performing arts, and outdoor + indoor recreational pursuits), and practicum (worship, counseling, sacraments, ordinances) [see program details here]. We begin by learning to love and forgive ourselves before embarking outward, striving to embody the message of Christ with a world in need of joy and grace.

Go deep in your faith journey, and prepare to bring God’s love to the world with your Master of Divinity.

This program requires completion of 72 hours of coursework and practica.

Master of Divinity Seminars

First Year

  • Texts Seminar 

  • Faith & Life Seminar 

  • Practicum Seminar 

Topics include: Old Testament, hermeneutics, theological method, early theological formation in the church, philosophy for theology, personal spirituality, basic Christian witness, basic pastoral care, communication

Second Year

  • Texts Seminar 

  • Faith & Life Seminar 

  • Arts & Adventure Seminar 

Topics include: New Testament, language tools, Intertestamental literature, the Apostolic Fathers, church theological history, Christian doctrines, modern and postmodern philosophical implications for theology, the Christian ethos, liturgy and worship, music, literature, poetry, fine arts, Creator and creation, the “adventure” of everyday life, outdoor and indoor recreational pursuits

Third Year

  • World Religions & Culture Seminar 

  • Practicum Seminar 

  • Capstone Seminar: Comps & Thesis 

Topics include: Cultural theory, cultural exegesis, contemporary cultural issues, religion and science, religion and literature, religion and environmental conservatism, advanced applied ministry, pastoral ministry, advanced communications, chaplaincy, entrepreneurial leadership

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