Which degree is right for you? The answer depends on what your calling is and what forms of ministry or leadership responsibilities you will carry in the future. Wesley Biblical Seminary offers both the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees. The table below will provide you with some of the basic differences between the two degrees.
|Master of Divinity||Master of Arts|
|75-85 hours||50 hours|
|Prepares the student for ordination to the Christian ministry.||Provides an opportunity for a general introduction to theological studies or for specialization in a selected field.|
|Prepares persons for military, prison, or hospital chaplaincy.||Designed primarily for persons who desire theological and biblical knowledge without ordination.|
|Meets the prerequisites for the D.Min. or many seminary-related Ph.D. programs.||Meets the prerequisites for some doctoral programs.|
|Stands alongside the degrees earned at either the medical or law school as the "first professional" degree for formal Christian ministerial leadership.||Provides the opportunity for in-depth study of the Bible, theology, or apologetics.|
|Gives the student a breadth of study within biblical, theological and pastoral studies.||Gives the student an introduction to theological education without pastoral studies.|
These are some very general and broad guidelines related to the programs offered at WBS. Make your choice after further consultation with the catalog descriptions and advisors at the seminary.