With Southeastern University’s online Master of Divinity, you’ll be prepared to impact the lives of others through ministry.

Through this program’s robust curriculum, you’ll build a strong foundation in theological disciplines and learn how to interact critically with various theological concepts. After graduating, you will have the knowledge and skills to influence others and improve your ministry as a pastor, missionary or military chaplain. Our online MDiv allows you to study when it’s most convenient and is the perfect stepping-stone to a doctoral education.

Our faculty have extensive experience in the fields of ministry and missionary work. Through their instruction, you will strengthen your foundation in the Bible, theology, church ministry and church organization. You’ll develop advanced ministerial expertise through critical thinking, research and writing. The curriculum explores a variety of topics, including:

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Greek language
  • Systematic theology
  • Pastoral counseling
  • World religions
  • Historical theology
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • Preaching
  • Leadership

Our online MDiv teaches application of multidisciplinary concepts, skills and principles to real-world leadership circumstances. These include self-assessment, self-confidence and the spiritual and emotional development of others. In addition, you’ll discover how to draw from different theologies to interact critically with affirming and opposing theoretical ideas. Finally, the program will teach you how to use effective problem-solving skills to deal with conflict management, bonding and facilitating collaboration and teamwork.

Earn your Master of Divinity more quickly: Those with significant vocational ministry experience or an accredited undergraduate degree in ministry, Bible, or theology may be able to apply that learning toward up to one quarter of the 72-credit hour Master of Divinity degree through advanced standing.*

*Undergraduate credits must be from a regionally or ABHE accredited institution with grades of B or higher and will be credited on a two-for-one basis. Experiential learning will be assessed for individual courses by examinations and essays. Additional fees may be required.


Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The School of Divinity, which encompasses all of our graduate degrees, holds Associate Membership in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and is in the process of receiving full accreditation from ATS.

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Courses and Requirements

The online MDiv includes a total of 72 credits. Included in 18 credits of biblical studies courses are 12 credits of electives. Both the theological studies and practical theology/ministry portions of the degree include 24 credits. An applied focus requirement consists of three credits and allows students to choose between a practicum (internship), thesis project or additional curriculum elective.

Students who wish to enroll in Southeastern University’s Master of Divinity online program must have:

  1. A GPA of 3.0 or higher in an undergraduate program (If lower than 3.0, the GPA for the last 60 credits will be calculated, and the applicant may be considered for provisional standing.)

Courses required to complete the program.

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How to Apply

When applying to SEU’s online MDiv, you will need:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university
  • One academic or professional recommendation
  • One Christian character recommendation
  • A writing sample of at least five pages that is indicative of writing and research ability to interact with scholarly sources in a critical manner

Tuition and Fees

Component Cost Total*
Tuition $495 per credit hour $35,640
Technology Fee $150 per semester $900
General Student Fee $150 per semester $900
Totals $37,440

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated four to six semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.

Financial Aid

At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options. About 98 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid, and we have multiple payment options available.

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Career Outcomes

Some of the possible careers you can pursue after earning your online MDiv include:

  • Pastor
  • Professor
  • Missionary
  • Military Chaplain
  • Pastoral Counselor

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Benefits of Learning Online

By studying online with SEU, you’ll experience the luxury of being able to complete your course work during your own time, wherever you may be.

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