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MDiv, MACC, MAPM, MATS, Diploma in Divinity, Diploma in Theological Studies, Diploma in Practical Ministry, and Certificate programs

The MDiv is the professional degree that traditionally prepares graduates to serve in ordained ministry and is required by many denominations for ordination. The MDiv provides a balanced curriculum with courses in biblical studies, theology and church history, and the practice of ministry.

The MACC is a professional degree that prepares students to be effective, licensed counselors with a strong Christian worldview who are eligible to work in any public or private institution providing psychological care. This CACREP-accredited program is intended to be a two-year fulltime program, but may be completed part-time in up to six years. Advanced standing may be possible for students who already hold accredited MDiv, MAPM, MATS, or similar degrees. (This degree has been fully accredited by SACS-COC and ATS.)

The MAPM prepares graduates for specialized roles in churches or other ministries. Students ordained in denominations that do not require the MDiv often use the MAPM to enhance their knowledge and ministry skills. The curriculum focuses on courses in the practice of ministry.

The MATS deepens graduates’ understanding of the Bible, theology, church history. Students pursue the MATS for personal enrichment, to enhance their ministries as leaders and teachers in their churches, or to prepare for further study.


The ThM provides MDiv and MATS graduates the opportunity to pursue research in biblical and theological studies that will enhance their ministries and/or provide a foundation for PhD studies.


The DMin provides pastors and other ministry leaders the opportunity for advanced theological reflection on the work of ministry and to sharpen ministry skills. The MDiv (or its educational equivalent) and experience in ministry are required to apply for the DMin.

Back To Top Erskine Theological Seminary, the graduate school of theology of Erskine College 210 South Main Street P.O. Box 338 Due West, SC 29639 800-770-6936 or 864-379-6596