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Master of Divinity (75 Credit Hours)

This program of study challenges emerging leaders to influence the world from a biblical worldview.

The Master of Divinity Program (M.Div.) is a graduate degree designed to prepare emerging leaders for vocational and practical ministry. Students in this program learn from experienced pastor-theologians and grow through our collaborative course design. Plus, our M.Div. degrees are recognized by all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces for military chaplaincy candidates. 

The M.Div. is for anyone who desires graduate level training for pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, or simply wants to want to grow in their knowledge of applied Bible and Theology. In this program you’ll learn how to apply Christian and organizational leadership knowledge, theories, and ministry skills within a variety of ministry contexts. You’ll explore in-depth biblical studies, advanced theology, spiritual formation, practical ministry, and put it all together in a practical culminating project designed for real-world application.

  • Confront the student with the Word of God proclaiming humanity’s alienation from God and God’s work of redemption in Christ as found in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, and to explore ramifications of this gospel for the student’s personal life and the work of leadership in the context of the church and the world.
  • Equip the student to lead with integrity grounded in a Judeo-Christian worldview and values system.
  • Give the student an understanding of how to apply Christian and organizational leadership knowledge, theories, and skills within a global context.
  • Equip the student for research that is exegetical, qualitative and quantitative for leadership and organizational understanding, analysis and problem solving.

Time & Cost

Many people would like to complete a degree and stay out of debt. 

This M.Div. degree requires 25 courses (or 75 credit hours), which can be completed within 5 years for full-time students. Courses are offered on-campus or online (can be entirely online). Manna U’s low tuition rates enable students to receive solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience and not be hindered financially.

2023 - 2024 Graduate Tuition Rate

$300 per credit hour


Scholarships are available for students who do not use military education benefits or federal financial aid.


Full details can be found in the 2022-2023 Graduate Academic Catalog.

All Courses

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MENG 500 Graduate Student Orientation 0
MBIB 501 New Testament Introduction 3
MBIB 502 Old Testament Introduction 3
MBIB 503 Advanced Hermeneutics 3
MBIB 504 Advanced Theology I 3
MBIB 505 Advanced Theology II 3
MBIB 601 Historical Biblical Leaders 3
MBIB 602 Biblical Issues for Leadership 3
MCNS 504 Counseling Theory and Practice 3
MCNS 603 Counseling Ethics 3
MLEA 501 Organizational Leadership 3
MLEA 502 Christian Leadership Development 3
MLEA 503 Strategic Leadership and Change 3
MLEA 504 Contemporary Leadership Issues 3
MLEA 601 Case Analyses for Organizational and Church Leadership 3
MLEA 602 Organizational Research and Analysis 3
MLEA 603 Global Leadership 3
MLEA 604 Culminating Experience for M.A.C.L.
(or graduate elective course)
MMIN 501 The Intercultural Study of World Religions 3
MMIN 502 Contemporary Issues in Apologetics 3
MMIN 503 History of Church Traditions 3
MMIN 505 Chaplaincy and Pastoral Ministries 3
MMIN 601 Biblical Preaching 3
MMIN 607 Church: Theory & Practice in Contemporary Contexts 3
MMIN 608 Church Development & Expansion 3
MMIN 612 M.DIV. Final Project 3
Total Credit Hours: 75


To become a student at Manna U, follow these two steps:

1.  Complete an application, which includes:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (linked to application)
  • An essay, written by the applicant, of his/her conversion experience (300-600 words), in a format that is typed and double spaced, using 12 pt. font size;
  • A Pastoral Reference* from the Pastor of the church that the applicant regularly attends;
  • A Personal Reference* from someone who has known you for two years or more and is not related to you.
    Applicants will enter an email address for their selected references and a link to the online reference forms will be sent once the application is submitted.

2.  Order your official high school, G.E.D., or previous college transcripts (minimum 2.0 GPA is preferred).

Note: official transcripts are sent directly from one school/college to another. You can arrange to have your transcripts sent electronically to registrar@manna.edu, or a paper copy can be sent to our mailing address:

Manna University
Attn: Registrar’s Office
439 Westwood Shopping Center
PMB 106
Fayetteville, NC 28314

All applicants applying for admission to one of Manna U’s graduate programs must submit official transcripts showing an earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, or an equivalent academic achievement approved by Manna U’s Academic Office. Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I don't want to be a Pastor. Could a Divinity degree still be a good fit for me?

    Absolutely! Our Divinity students have a variety of goals and careers. Whether you want to go into vocational ministry, lead a nonprofit, or just learn more about the Bible, our Divinity programs might be a good fit for you.

  • What does a Divinity degree include?

    Divinity is the best all-around program for those interested in vocational ministry. All Master of Divinity students study the Old and New Testament, socio-rhetorical interpretive methods, Christian Leadership,  ,Christian Counseling, and ministry-specific courses. Students also choose additional courses in either Biblical Studies or Christian Leadership, depending on their Track. Those in the 90 credit hour Master of Divinity program also have three additional Christian Counseling and two Practicum courses.

  • Do I have to take Greek or Hebrew in this degree?

    It depends entirely upon your degree-level. For Associate of Arts students, Greek is optional.  For Master of Divinity students, it depends on your Track. M.Div. students in a Biblical Studies Track will need to take six hours of Biblical Language coursework and six hours of Exegetical coursework.

  • I want to become a Military Chaplain. Is a Divinity degree the right path?

    If you already have a Bachelor’s Degree, and are looking to become a Military Chaplain, then our M.Div. is the logical next step for you. If you do not yet have a Bachelor’s Degree, you’ll need to complete one before moving-on to an M.Div.

  • Do I need a Bible degree in order to start this program?

    Students with a Bachelor’s degree in any field qualify to enter this program, so there is no prerequisite experience in biblical studies required. You will learn biblical and theological foundations in the course of this degree.

Student Story

Deana's Story

Like most of today’s college students, Deana leads a busy life. Finding time for studies was a challenge on top of family, work, and serving in her local church, but she sensed the need to be more prepared for her calling.

“God is using Manna U to mold me into the strong elite spiritual warrior that is properly prepared for ministry.”

Effective Leaders Bring Lasting Impact

Jesus chose twelve leaders who were from differing backgrounds. Many religious leaders in that time would have overlooked them. Through teaching and training, He prepared them to lead a movement that changed the world. Whatever your call may be, training at Manna U can help you engage in this kind of transformational leadership.

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