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Program Overview

Program Overview

The M.Div. empowers you for all kinds of ministry professions, from congregational leadership to chaplaincy to faith-based nonprofit work. At Hazelip you will continue in your calling of Kingdom work.  Expect to mature in your discipleship with Jesus, learn practices that will nourish a spirituality for sustaining your ministry, and develop the pastoral skills relevant to the people you intend to serve.

We have two options for the M.Div., cohort-based or part-time.  Regardless of which path you choose, you can expect excellent relationships with our accessible faculty, a learning community with diverse backgrounds, and a continued emphasis on theological training explicitly for the purposes of ministry leadership in all its forms.

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
  • Official Transcripts emailed to or mailed to Graduate Admissions (1 University Park Dr., Nashville, TN 37204)
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Undergraduate or Graduate GPA of at least 2.75
  • Completed health form 
  • 750-1000-word essay discussing the applicant's religious heritage, career goals and how Hazelip School of Theology might contribute to the achievement of those pursuits


Our full-time cohort model has a unique curriculum focused on the integration of various theological disciplines with real contexts of ministry.  Each semester the sequence of courses weaves together Scripture, theology, and ministry and requires you to be embedded in a ministry setting as you work through the learning.  This integration helps you really understand the connections between theology and communities of faith. You’ll finish the program with clearer professional practices that are biblically and theologically informed, skills that will adapt to the issues you will encounter in your future work.


With the part-time traditional model, you’ll gain the same comprehensive learning but with greater flexibility in how you construct the experience.  With 15 hours of elective space, you can customize your learning to particular interests you have, whether that’s in Scripture, theology, or specialized ministry skills.  With varying delivery formats for the classes, you will be able to access a quality Hazelip education even if you are not in the immediate region of Lipscomb University.

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

Meet our key 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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  • Mark Black

    Mark Black

    Professor of New Testament

    Mark teaches Luke-Acts, Synoptic Gospels, New Testament Theology, Corinthians, New Testament Exegesis, and Biblical Ethics. He received his B.A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University, his M.A. and M.Th. from Harding...

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  • Earl Lavender

    Earl Lavender


    Earl Lavender was born to missionary parents in Trieste, Italy on July 15, 1954. He earned undergraduate degrees from Ohio Valley College and David Lipscomb College. He is married to the...

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  • Lee Camp

    Lee Camp


    Lee C. Camp is professor of theology and ethics. He was awarded a permanent designation as a University "Outstanding Teacher" in 2017. He completed his undergrad studies at Lipscomb and...

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  • Phillip Camp

    Phillip Camp


    Phillip Camp teaches various Old Testament text courses, OT Interpretation, and Hebrew. He is the author of "Finding Your Way: A Guide to Seminary Life and Beyond" (Cascade, 2009) and...

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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

    Kris Miller joined the faculty of the College of Bible and Ministry in 2015, serving as assistant professor of theology and director of Lipscomb's Institute for Christian Spirituality. He has nine...

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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


Serve others in their seasons of need as a chaplain in a variety of settings, including the military, hospitals, hospice, and universities.

Christian Publishing

Play a substantive role in the publishing industry where you can use your critical thinking skills and honed communication abilities

Nonprofit Work

Lead organizations in their faith-centered mission as they do good in culture and work to improve the lives of others in your community.


Provide pastoral leadership in various aspects of congregational ministry.

Private Christian School Teachers (K-12)

Instruct students in Bible and other spiritual formation classes common to these settings.