Master of Divinity

Palmer Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity Degree (MDIV) is the standard degree required by many church denominations prior to ordination to pastoral ministry.  However, more and more the MDIV is also the degree of choice for men and women who are called to a variety of ministries beyond the pastoral one. 

Palmer’s MDIV has been crafted for both of these kinds of callings, with students able to choose between a “Pastoral Leadership” track and an “Adaptive Leadership” one with a significant number of electives.  Taught by an outstanding and diverse faculty corps, the vast majority of whom are scholar/pastor/practitioners, the MDIV can be completed in 3 years as a full time student and up to 10 years in a part-time capacity.


3 years 
Full-time completion time 

Start Terms
January and August


On-campus (St. Davids)
Online w/ Residency (WV)

St. Davids, PA 
Parchment Valley, WV 

Cost per Credit
Financial aid available
Scholarships available


  • FLEXIBLE:  flexible course offerings with morning, afternoon, and evening classes available, as well a blended residency/online options available through the West Virginia program, enabling working students to complete their degree quickly.  
  • AFFIRMING:  affirming of women and men in ministry.
  • DIVERSE:  ethnic, racial, and denominational diversity in student, faculty, and staff population, fostering rich peer to peer learning in an environment of appreciation of differences.
  • PRAYERFUL:  a community that takes prayer for each other seriously, upholding and encouraging each other.
  • SCHOLAR/PASTOR/PRACTITIONER FACULTY:  professors who are both scholars, pastors and/or practitioners of other ministries, with a commitment to mentoring students in the diversity of their callings.
  • COMMITTED TO SOCIAL JUSTICE:  emphasis on social justice through coursework and the work of the faculty as a response to the Gospel mandate.  
  • SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:  Many different scholarships available, including Sider, Brauch, and Presidential.   


Palmer emphasizes the importance of a biblically informed and theologically grounded commitment to the combination of evangelism and service in local and intercultural contexts of diverse theologies and Christian traditions by Christ-centered witnesses with a hunger for lifelong spiritual formation and the nurturing of interdependent relationships.

West Virginia Location

Palmer has been delivering its MDIV degree in West Virginia for more than 25 years, run out of the beautiful Parchment Valley Conference Center of the West Virginia Baptist Convention in Ripley, WV.  Learn More about the West Virginia Program.

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