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Program Overview

Program Overview

Getting your M.Div. will prepare you for terminal-level studies in theology, but the opportunities that come with this degree are greater. Intensify your faith in Jesus Christ and nourish a spirituality that will bolster your spirit of service. Advance in biblical interpretation. Frame your analytical knowledge of the Christian tradition. We'll counsel you in learning to lead the church in mission despite an ever-changing and diverse cultural context. 

Choose the cohort model, and you'll also gain the opportunity for integrated learning. And your field work will come with a congregation, faith-based nonprofit or other organization. You'll gain the gift of community relationships. You’ll examine racial reconciliation and social justice in the historic theater of the Civil Rights Movement. 

We'll nurture you with mentoring, communal learning and ministry training. With priority given to personal health and spiritual well-being, you'll gain strength relationally. Regardless of the model you select, you'll grasp practicing day-to-day ministry with integrity.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Application with $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from a college or university administrator or professor, one from a professional supervisor/employer and one from a church leader or minister
  • Transcript
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Undergraduate or Graduate GPA of at least 2.75
  • Completed health form 
  • 750-1000-work essay discussing the applicant's religious heritage, career goals and how Hazelip School of Theology might contribute to the achievement of those pursuits


Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Program tuition is currently $525 per credit hour.

Flexible Schedule

Our courses are offered at a variety of convenient locations around Nashville or online, at times designed to work with your busy schedule. Our hybrid class model allows you the best of going to school as a working professional.

Small Class Sizes

You’ll have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion, receive one-on-one faculty mentorship and ask difficult questions in our small class sizes. Plus, you’ll feel supported in a tight-knit learning community.

Cohort Model

Our cohort model emphasizes communal learning and extended field experiences. You’ll have the opportunity to form professional and personal relationships with like-minded peers that will extend far beyond the duration of the program.

Our Faculty

  • Frank Guertin

    Frank Guertin

    Assistant Dean

    Frank Guertin is Assistant Dean for the Hazelip School of Theology at Lipscomb University and Assistant Professor of Theology. Guertin completed his bachelor's degree at Ohio Valley University and his...

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  • Lee Camp

    Lee Camp


    Lee Camp is Professor of Theology and Ethics, currently teaching primarily in the M.Div. and D.Min. programs in the Hazelip School. He was awarded a permanent designation as a University...

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  • Phillip Camp

    Phillip Camp


    Phillip teaches various Old Testament text courses, Critical Interpretation to the Bible, and Hebrew. He received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1989, his Master of Arts in Religion...

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  • John Mark Hicks

    John Mark Hicks


    John Mark teaches theology and history courses. He received his B.A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University (1977), his M.A.R. in Theological Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary (1980), his M.A. in...

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  • Kris Miller

    Kris Miller

    Assistant Professor of Bible

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  • John York

    John York


    In addition to his responsibilities with the D.Min. program, John teaches graduate New Testament text and ministry courses. He received his training from Abilene Christian University (B.A. M.A., M.Div.),...

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Career Paths


Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.

Postsecondary Teachers

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They may also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

Directors, religious activities and education

Plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.