School of Divinity
The Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity offers two degree programs, the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry. The Master of Divinity, as the basic professional degree, offers concentrations in five areas: Biblical Studies, Christian Education and Formation, Missiology, Pastoral Care and Counseling, and Pastoral Studies as well as multiple dual-degree combinations including MDiv/MA/EdS in Mental Health Counseling, MDiv/MA in English or English Education, and MDiv/MBA. The Master of Divinity program requires the student to engage in the study of ministry both in theory and in practice.
The Doctor of Ministry degree is an advanced professional degree designed to equip persons who are committed to Christian ministry. Intensely theological and deeply practical, this program seeks to foster meaningful ministerial learning set in both the context of the academy and the candidate's ministry setting. Both by academic design and supervision elements, the degree program intends to reflect the interactive, laity-involved, team-oriented nature of ministry required to address the needs of the 21st century church.
The School of Divinity is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada.
Statement of Educational Effectiveness
Evidence that School of Divinity students are prepared for “service to the church” and that they have developed “the skills necessary for effective ministry" (see “Master of Divinity, Program Description,” paragraphs 1 and 2, below) is the ministerial placement rate of our graduates. Over the past five years 167 students have graduated, with 149 of them seeking a ministry position. Of these 149 graduates seeking a ministry position, 133 (89%) are serving in a ministry setting.