Degree Programs at Eastern Mennonite Seminary

Master of Divinity

  • Broad training for a variety of ministry settings.
  • Four tracks so students may choose courses based on their specific call to ministry.
    • The pastoral ministry track provides a broad basis for ministry in a congregational setting.
    • The cross-cultural and community mission track is aimed toward those who know that their call to ministry is to share the gospel in diverse contexts.
    • The academic track is for those students who feel called to lead the church in teaching, writing and on-going scholarship.
    • The specialized ministry track is for those students who feel called to a specific ministry such as chaplaincy or spiritual direction.
  • Supervised field education through our mentored ministry program.

Learn more about the MDiv.

Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

  • For those who have one primary focus for leadership in ministry.
  • Foundational and integrative courses and electives based on the students specialized ministry interest.
  • Supervised field education through our mentored ministry program.

Learn more about the MACL.

Master of Arts in Religion

  • For students who wish to prioritize academic preparation during their seminary education.
  • Concentrated study on a particular field of theological knowledge.
  • The capstone project is a master’s thesis.

Learn more about the MAR.


  • For students who wish to complete a focused course of study along with a degree,
  • Or for those without an undergraduate degree who might wish to enter a degree program.

Learn more about our certificate programs.

Dual Degree Programs

Learn more about our dual degree programs.

EMS also offers the following training programs

  • Clinical Pastoral Education – for pastors and chaplains
  • Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation – for those interested in spiritual direction or congregational spiritual formation
  • STEP – for those licensed for or considering pastoral ministry who have not had college, Bible school, or seminary training.
  • Bless- for mission workers in the field
  • Gateway Courses- for pastors called to Mennonite congregations who do not have Anabaptist training or background.
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