Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation or Master of Arts in Restorative Justice Dual Degree

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Who should consider this degree?

This degree combines study in Eastern Mennonite University’s world-renowned Center for Justice and Peacebuilding with theological and practical preparation for ministry. Those interested in working in peacebuilding or restorative justice with a ministry focus would be well-suited for this degree.


Why EMS?

Formation studies

A unique strength of Eastern Mennonite Seminary is our formation program. We believe that focusing on one’s own formation during the seminary journey is the way for ministering persons to be healthy and whole in their vocations. Formation in God’s Story I & II (2 credits each) helps students understand their own lives in conversation with and connection to God’s story as found in Scripture and being written in the present in their own lives through spiritual practices. Formation in Ministry I & II (3 credits each) offers students the opportunity to put their learning into practice in internship sites related to their vocational leanings with a mentor to help with on-site theological reflection. Formation in Missional Leadership I & II (2 credits each) provides space for students to integrate what they have learned about themselves, God, the world, and the church as they look forward to their future in ministry. For more information please visit the formation page.

World-renown Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University has an alumni network of global peacebuilders in over 60 countries. This program focuses on practice. Skills modules are woven into core courses and all faculty members are also practitioners. It also includes significant work on developing self-awareness, self-management, self-care and resilience, and reflective practice.

Integrative focus

Internships, practicums, and capstone projects will integrate seminary studies and peacebuilding skills and theory.


  • Formation in God’s Story I and II
  • Old Testament: Text in Context
  • New Testament: Text in Context
  • Christian Tradition I and II
  • Formation in Ministry I and II
  • Christian Ethics
  • Living Theology
  • Missio Dei in Cultural Context
  • Formation in Missional Leadership I and II
  • 12 hours of Biblical languages or the alternate language track

For the MDiv several integrative courses are included as designated electives.
MDiv- 6 SH from two of these designated electives

  • Churches and Social Transformation
  • Managing Congregational Conflict
  • Peacebuilding in Anabaptist Perspective

To fulfill 3 SH of MDiv biblical studies requirements, one of these two courses:

  • Biblical Foundations for Peacemaking
  • Ethics and Nonviolence: Sermon on the Mount
  • Foundations for Peacebuilding I and II (12 credits)
  • Research Methods for Social Change (3 credits)
  • Practicum (6-9 credits)
  • Skills assessment courses (Choose at least one):
    • Mediation & Negotiation
    • Restorative Justice Practices
    • Transforming Trauma
    • Facilitation: Process Design & Skills for Dialogue, Deliberation & Decision-making

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