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Master of Divinity

NTS West offers a 72-credit graduate degree for men and women seeking to minister in a broad spectrum of Christian traditions.  For some traditions, the M. Div. degree is a requirement for ordination; whereas for others there is increasing encouragement to pursue this degree in order to increase their ministerial leadership.

Our curriculum balances mind and heart.  We are committed to education where experience and reason, prayer and prophetic action, piety and politics are all affirmed.  Grounded in the Bible, steeped in history and theology, leavened by the practices of spiritual formation, the curriculum gains contemporary traction by commitment to a missional church that embraces both evangelism and social justice. 

Our faculty’s teaching grows from their daily involvement as parish pastors, hospital chaplains, campus ministers, and other expressions of ministry.  Grounded in academic excellence, their ongoing ministry brings crucial integration of theory and practice into every classroom. 

Classes are offered in the evenings so as to be accessible to persons combining work and study.  Students appreciate the opportunity to take classes throughout Southern California in partner congregations near where they live or work.