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Academic Programs

Accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS)

The Hazelip School of Theology offers several graduate programs that equip our students in different ways. The best program fit depends upon numerous factors, including your personal goals, your intended pace for completion, areas of training interest and other vocational aspirations. Many of these questions are explored as you move through the application process with us.

Hazelip also allows for lateral transfer of credits between programs. If your desires shift in your educational journey, we can easily change degree paths and will ensure you receive the maximum benefit of your credits already earned in light of your revised program choice.

We want you to have the perfect program fit for your calling and aspirations in ministry. Explore our pathways below. Our recruiter, Chase Froud, is ready to assist you with any questions you have. Join our learning community and grow with us in our commitment to advance the Kingdom.

Master's Degrees


The Master of Divinity has a long tradition in seminary education and is still required for ordination in many Christian traditions. It is also typically required for chaplaincy work. Our M.Div. is 72 hours in length, the fewest number of credit hours you will see in institutions accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Students generally enroll in this program because they are interested in an extensive training experience. The length of the degree allows you to explore various theological disciplines in more detail, and that extended exposure provides greater refinement of your skills over time in comparison to a shorter ministry degree.

We offer two formats for the M.Div. Our traditional program features a more flexible curriculum with a large elective block (15 hours). Our cohort model follows a sequenced curriculum and emphasizes the integration of theological training with the practice of ministry through an extensive field education requirement.

Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies is shorter in length (48 hours), providing a solid educational experience in the disciplines of Scripture, Biblical languages, and theology and history. The MTS is very flexible in its curriculum design, allowing you to explore your interests deeply through generous elective spaces in the degree (21 hours total). This program can also be completed entirely online, making it a great option for anyone wanting to study with us at Hazelip who may live outside the middle Tennessee area.

Students choosing the MTS are usually less interested in coursework focused on the practical skills of ministry. They often enroll in this program for personal theological development or hope to use the degree to meet requirements in further academic studies. The curriculum reflects that preference for studies by limiting the number of ministry-related courses to six hours maximum. 

Christian Ministry

Our shortest professional ministry degree is the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry at 36 hours. The MACM provides foundational knowledge of Scripture, theology, church history and ethics and combines that learning with ministry skills classes adaptable to many contexts. Students often choose this degree because they are already working in a ministry setting and have not yet acquired a formal pastoral education. Others are sometimes just beginning to work in a ministry field and see the MACM as a useful credential for the work they see ahead.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts
    4+1 B.A. in Pastoral Leadership & M.A. in Pastoral Studies

    In today’s world, effective ministry involves more than just knowledge. The needs of those you serve are often complex and change over time. Enter the world of ministry with more training and experience than a standard ministry program. Through this cost-effective and convenient pathway, you will earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees while in residence at Lipscomb University.

  • Master of Arts Christian Ministry, Certificate
    Christian Ministry

    Whether you are experienced in ministry or just starting out on the adventure, the MACM provides a good toolkit for your work and enhances your pastoral presence and leadership. We'll teach you how to apply theological principles and minister to those that need you the most.

  • Master of Arts Christian Ministry
    Christian Ministry (LIFE)

    Study and practice the pastoral arts in the unique environment of the Debra K. Johnson Rehabilitation Center in Nashville. The MACM (LIFE) degree combines ‘outside’ and ‘inside’ students into one learning community.

  • Doctor of Ministry
    Doctor of Ministry

    As a terminal degree in our field, the D.Min. is best understood as a professional doctorate for ministry practitioners. Be challenged in your own formational journey as a leader of your community and contribute a meaningful resource to the world of the church through your original research focused on the practices of ministry.

  • Master of Divinity
    Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

    Grow in your knowledge of Scripture and the theological traditions of Christianity across the world. Learn to share those resources with others in meaningful ways that support lives of faith in your community and engage the world around you. All the while you will undergo and appreciate your own personal formation as you learn to lead others in transformative change.

  • Master of Theological Studies
    Theological Studies

    Broaden your theological and historical knowledge within our Christian tradition. Develop reasoning skills that will prove useful in conversation and advanced academic studies. You'll also find it easier to advance your career within academia, ministry, or even Christian publishing.