Residential Program

Thank you for expressing an interest in our Residential Master of Divinity Degree Program!

The Master of Divinity degree covers a three-year, full-time academic curriculum that seeks to provide professional training for Christian ministry and further graduate studies. While most Payne students go into the pastoral ministry, the seminary trains persons for work as chaplains, educators, pastoral counselors, community development practitioners, and scholars.

Areas of study include: African American Studies, Biblical Studies, Historical Studies, Theological Studies, and Practical Ministry.

Payne Theological Seminary is committed to meeting the scheduling needs of a diverse student population. The curriculum makes it possible for a student to complete the Master of Divinity program in four years through the evening program.

The seminary has a particular interest in serving working students and those within commuting distance. For those persons who work full-time, Payne welcomes the part-time student and seeks to accommodate his/her scheduling needs through the four-year evening program. (Students must complete their graduate studies within a seven-year period from the time they enroll in Payne Seminary.)

As with all professional programs, the evening program includes both the mastering of academic materials and the acquisition of skills necessary for effective ministry. At least 50 percent of its curriculum is offered in the evening.