The Online Master of Divinity (Openseminary) is built around six church practices and designed for people in ministry. It offers an innovative and fresh approach for doing theology in ministry context. Our distinctive Openseminary™ approach explores six key dimensions of church practice as windows through which biblical, historical, theological and contemporary issues are examined. Students can choose to take classes fully online or using a hybrid online and on-campus model. Watch a full description of the Openseminary™ approach.
- Delivery: Online, with optional seminars on-campus in St. Davids, PA
- Length: 78 credits; 3 years completion time possible
- Cost: View the cost per unit and our financial aid options. Plus, if you already have a degree from Palmer or Eastern University, check out our Alumni Discount!
- Start Terms: March and August
- Palmer offers a Master of Divinity either Online (this program) or on campus in St. Davids, Pennsylvania.
- LEARN HOW TO DO THEOLOGY: Students learn how to identify emerging questions from their ministry context, engage theological disciplines and humanities to find answers to these questions; then, how to articulate and implement a theological response to the emerging questions.
- LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE: Students interact and learn from experienced pastors, theologians and contextual thinkers, who are at the coalface ministry.
- LEARN AT HOME: Students stay involved in their local church ministry while they attend lectures, access reading, and engage other students online.
- LEARN WITH FLEXIBILITY: Students have access to course content on demand, on any device, anywhere, anytime.
- GO DEEPER: Through carefully crafted course students can go deeper in each one of the Church Practices. Deep knowledge of theory and practice is built up through an integrative inquiry that leads to new ministry insights.
- WORLDWIDE ALUMNI CONNECTIONS: Palmer graduates minister in all 50 states and over 30 countries, providing our students with networking, connections, and job opportunities all over the world.
- United Methodist students should contact Rev. Johnson Dodla (firstname.lastname@example.org) or their Committee on Ministry before enrolling in an online Master of Divinity program, in case the online version of the degree may not be counted toward ordination.