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. The course departs from the standard mode of theological curriculum, which is divided up into the four areas of biblical studies, history, theology and practical/pastoral studies. However, through the Openseminary(TM) approach, the eMDiv uses six key dimensions of church practice as windows through which biblical, historical, theological and contemporary issues are examined. Carefully selected foundational courses enable students to go deeper in the six dimensions of church practice. It is offered fully online or as a hybrid online and on-campus. Watch a full description of the Openseminary™ approach.

  • Prefer to Study on Campus? The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is offered Online (this program) or On-Campus in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. Check out the On-Campus MDIV.

Program Details

  • Delivery: online, with optional seminars on-campus
  • 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!
  • Locations: online with optional seminars in St. Davids, PA
  • Start Terms: March and August

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  • United Methodist students should contact Rev. Johnson Dodla ( 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.