At a Glance

Program units


Average completion time

3-4 years

Cost per unit


Base cost


Areas of Study

  • Biblical Studies



*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.

All stated financial information is subject to change. View additional tuition information.

Prepare for Ministry with an M.Div.

Preparing for practical, effective ministry starts with a journey of personal transformation, and Azusa Pacific can help you take that next step with the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program, which equips pastors and lay leaders for professional ministry in the Church. This program gives students basic training in theological and ministerial studies through rigorous coursework and ongoing supervised ministry, preparing them to transform the world with Christ. The program is also available with an emphasis in Biblical Studies.

Meet the Faculty

Gary Black Jr., Ph.D., is an assistant professor of theology at Azusa Pacific Seminary. Get to know our other program faculty.

Program Highlights

  • Learn to navigate the complexities of pastoral work through on-site internships.
  • Develop transformational mentoring relationships with faculty who are equipped with academic credentials and years of ministerial experience.
  • Benefit from an excellent professor-to-student ratio of 1:20.
  • Geared toward the pastor seeking ordination and possibly interested in a D.Min.
  • Earn the recognized theology degree for ordination.
  • Develop foundational understanding of the basics that comprise theological study: Bible, language, ministry, ethics, and practicum training.
  • Institute patterns of effective ministry through a combination of classroom instruction, peer-to-peer learning, and practical application.
  • Utilize resources from Church history and systematic theology to shape contemporary ministry.
  • Gain global awareness of the Church and its ministry.

Learn more about the program format.

Program Outcomes

The M.Div. program prepares ministry graduates who:

  • Model a holy life through spiritual disciplines reflecting the Wesleyan heritage of faith and love.
  • Interpret Scripture with reverent criticism, theological insight, and constructive imagination, beginning with the inductive method of Bible study, for the edification of the Church.
  • Think theologically through the Wesleyan quadrilateral (Scripture, Church tradition, reason, and experience) in a manner that is faithful to the past and responsive to the present.
  • Develop competency in the pastoral responsibilities of preaching, teaching, leadership, and pastoral care.
  • Analyze various cultural constructs and global issues in order to provide transforming leadership for the Church.

Spiritual Life

The faculty of Azusa Pacific Seminary believe that the growth of the student’s spiritual life is foundational to effective ministry. Accordingly, the development of spiritual life is integral to every course. In addition, there are opportunities for the graduate school community to pray together and share experiences in Jesus Christ. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend the university chapels as well as special services and lectures.


Azusa Pacific Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Phone: (412) 788-6505
Fax: (412) 788-6510

Western Association of Schools and Colleges
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 748-9001
Fax: (510) 748-9797

Call for Comments

Azusa Pacific Seminary is seeking affirmation of accreditation from the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). We will be receiving an evaluation committee report October 10-13, 2016.

We invite your comments, in writing, to the seminary and/or to the ATS commission concerning the seminary’s adherence to ATS standards. The evaluation committee may also include an open hearing during the course of the visit. Send comments to the seminary at, and/or to the ATS director of accreditation services at We will document all formal responses.

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2016 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 175 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2016 Best Colleges in the West, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2016, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.