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The Master of Divinity has long been considered the best academic preparation for ministry. It is required for ordination in many religious traditions, as well as for service in fields such as chaplaincy. It is typically a prerequisite for the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree, and in recent years it has also become a requirement for entrance into some Ph.D. programs.
The Master of Theological Studies, while not as comprehensive as the M.Div., still provides a thorough foundation in theology. The M.T.S. can serve as a basis for further graduate programs and is very flexible in design to accommodate your study interests. This program can also be completed entirely online, which makes it a great option for anyone desiring a distance program.
For an shorter program focused on ministry development, the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is a good choice. The M.A.C.M. provides a solid foundation in Scripture and theology while giving you many opportunities to study specific ministry skills that facilitate leadership in a congregational setting.