Degrees & Programs

Calvin Seminary offers a range of degrees & programs to get you ready to act on your call to ministry—no matter what form it takes. You can prepare for ordained ministry in the church, train for specialized ministries, do advanced study, or even prepare yourself for ordained leadership in the Christian Reformed Church after studying elsewhere.


Master of Divinity (MDiv)
The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is Calvin Seminary’s top-enrolled program, with students learning together on campus and through the distance learning program. This program is designed to prepare you for diverse ministry opportunities, from pastoral ministry to chaplaincy or missions. It combines foundational study in the biblical and Reformed theological texts, Church history and ancient languages with practical preparation and spiritual formation to make you an effective steward of the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ.Concentrations Include: Old or New Testament, Ancient Near Eastern Languages & Literature, History of Christianity, Theological Studies, New Church Development, Contextual Ministry, Evangelism & Teaching, Preaching & Worship, Pastoral Care & Leadership, or Youth & Family Ministries.Credit hours: 101 credits (includes ministry internships and January/May term courses)Number of years to complete: 3 (on campus), 5 (distance learning)
Recommended preparation: one course each in English and literature, and two each in history, philosophy, natural science, social science, and speech. In addition, you are encouraged to take four semesters of Greek.
Distance learning: Yes. Learn more.
 Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (MA)
Discover a powerful, recently redesigned degree program that has been streamlined for student success in key areas of church ministry. Reimagined to focus on five ministry spheres, the master’s program offers theologically rich coursework and practical, applied learning in your area of interest, including a new experiential internship program.

Choose one of Calvin Seminary’s robust Master of Arts concentrations to support your calling:

Education, Youth, and Family
Missional Leadership
Pastoral Care
Pastoral Leadership

Credit hours: 39
Number of years to complete: 2
Distance learning: Yes. Learn more.

 Master of Arts (Bible and Theology) (MA)
This unique program can help you deepen your understanding of Scripture, whether you’re a Bible teacher in a Christian School or a college professor wanting to understand more about the Christian faith.  The program explores the Bible, systematic theology, and church history in context to encourage your spiritual growth and to better equip you for your work in the world.

Credit hours: 48
Number of years to complete: 1-2 (1 if you took many biblical and theological courses at the undergraduate level)
Recommended preparation: 1 course each in English, literature, philosophy, and speech and 2 each in history, natural science, and social science
Distance learning: Yes. Learn more.

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program is a flexible academic program designed to prepare you for further academic study or other careers that can be enriched by a strong theological education. You may also be interested in this program if you desire to understand the Christian faith more deeply. The MTS includes courses in Old and New Testament, Greek, Christian theology, apologetics, and more.Credit hours: 65
Number of years to complete: 2 (on campus), 3 (distance learning)
Recommended preparation: one course each in English and literature, and two each in history, philosophy, natural science, and social science. In addition, you are encouraged to take four semesters of Greek.
Distance learning: Yes. Learn more.
Master of Theology (ThM)
If you already have an MDiv or MTS and want to explore a specialized area of biblical or theological studies, or pastoral care, the 21-credit Master of Theology program could meet your needs. Use this program to deepen your knowledge in a certain field or to prepare for doctoral work.Concentrations include: Old Testament, Ancient Near Eastern Language and Literature, New Testament, History of Christianity, Systematic Theology, Philosophical and Moral Theology, Pastoral Care, Pastoral Leadership, Preaching, Worship, Evangelism or Educational Ministry
Credit hours: 21
Number of years to complete: 1-2
Recommended preparation: MDiv or MTS degree from an accredited institution
Distance learning: No.
ThM Handbook
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Calvin Seminary’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program can equip you for teaching and research in colleges, theological seminaries, and universities, as well as for general church leadership. Degrees are offered in history of Christianity, systematic theology, philosophical theology, and moral theology.
Number of y
ears to complete: 4-5, two for coursework, one to prepare for comprehensive exams, and typically one or two years for dissertation.
Residency: Required for two years to complete coursework
Distance learning: No.
Ecclesiastical Program for Ministerial Candidacy (EPMC)
The Ecclesiastical Program for Ministerial Candidacy (EPMC) is available to you if you are in an MDiv program at another seminary but seek ordination as a Minister of the Word in the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA). This ten-credit program prepares you to meet CRC synodical requirements by giving you an orientation to the theology, history, and ministry of the Christian Reformed Church and by walking with you on the final leg of your ministry formation journey.Credit hours: 10
Number of years to complete: One semester, or alternately, 24 months if you choose the EPMC non-residential program.
Preparation needed: MDiv in process at another seminary.
Distance learning: Yes. Please contact David Koll for details.For program information, see the EPMC_Handbook
Certificate Programs
The Certificate Programs provide excellent training and enrichment for church staff and volunteers, or if you are want to do graduate-level seminary study without completing a full degree.Certificates include: Education, Youth and Family, Missional Leadership, Pastoral Care, Pastoral Leadership and Worship. Credit hours: 15-17 credits
Number of years to complete: 1 (or less if completed all in one semester)
Distance learning: Yes – only to US citizens and residents.
**Note: Financial aid is not available for Certificate programs.
Cursos de Maestria en Español/Master Courses in Spanish
A partir del otoño del 2018, el Seminario Teológico Calvino ofrecerá cursos de maestría en línea completamente en español. Los dos primeros cursos, serán impartidos por el profesor Dr. Mariano Ávila. En el año académico 2018-2019 se impartirán:

Efesios (septiembre – diciembre 2018)

Antiguo Testamento (febrero-mayo 2019)

Se podrá contar con una ayuda económica de hasta el 50%. para los estudiantes matriculados. Para ser considerado para el curso de Efesios, debe matricularse como fecha límite el 15º de agosto del 2018. Las solicitudes para el curso de Antiguo Testamento deberán enviarse antes del 1º de enero de 2019. Para obtener más información sobre cómo inscribirse, incluyendo los requisitos de admisión, visite la página.


Beginning in the Fall of 2018, Calvin Seminary will offer Master Level Courses in Spanish.  These courses will be offered completely online and taught by Professor Mariano Avila.  Below are the course options for 2018-2019:

  • Ephesians (with online work beginning in early September 2018)
  • Old Testament (with online work beginning in early February 2019)

Grants will be available for students to cover a portion of the course cost, up to 50%.  In order to be considered for the course on Ephesians, please apply by August 15, 2018. Applications for the Old Testament course must be submitted by January 1, 2019.  For more information on how to apply, including admission requirements, click here.

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