What Degree is Right for Me?

I want to be ordained . . .

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program will prepare you for ordained ministry in a variety of traditions and settings. At 81 hours, the M.Div. is one of the most flexible degree programs Brite offers and includes five possible concentrations as well as two collaborative degree options. While the M.Div. is recognized as the benchmark degree for traditional ministry, the program inspires students to cultivate creative thinking and imaginative visioning for the future practices and structure of ministry.

Concentrations
Biblical Studies, Black Church Studies, Military Chaplaincy, Pastoral Care,
Sexual and Gender Justice

Collaborative Degrees
MBA and MSW
This comprehensive theological and ministerial degree is the primary course of study for those seeking ordination in most traditions.

 

I want to teach . . .

The Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degree program prepares you to navigate a variety of theological disciplines. The core curriculum spans biblical, historical, ethical, theological, cultural, and global studies providing the basic knowledge and skills to teach at the secondary level or in local church and community settings. If you seek to teach in higher education, the program’s 21 elective hours and thesis requirement will prepare you for the doctoral work required by most institutions to teach in colleges, universities, and theological schools.

The M.T.S. program provides for critical and constructive reflection informed by the study of a range of theological disciplines. The degree may serve as a foundation for advanced theological studies or as a vehicle for the enhancement of one’s own faith and understanding.

 

I am interested in interdisciplinary studies or social justice but will not seek ordination . . .

The Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (M.A.T.M.) degree program integrates critical theological study and formative practices in an environment focused on educating persons for leadership within specialized ministries, non-profit organizations, NGOs, and bi-vocational careers. At 48 credit hours, this program can be completed in two years. It can also be combined with studies in social work or business for students who wish to pursue one of two collaborative degree programs (M.B.A. or M.S.W.) at Brite.

The M.A.T.M. degree couples rich theological inquiry with formative practices to prepare leaders for lay ministry, diaconal and, in some traditions, ordained ministry, or for service in bi-vocational settings such as teaching, business, social work, NGOs, and non-profit organizations.

 

I am a lay leader and want a theological education . . .

The Certificate of Theological Studies (C.T.S.) presents an opportunity for you to pursue your theological education without the extended commitment of a full degree program. The C.T.S. is a 21 hour graduate program designed to offer students a broad theological base and the opportunity to take a few specialized courses. Recipients of this certificate will be better equipped for leadership within the church and or local community and to navigate the basics of theological education.

The C.T.S. program allows non-degree seeking students to pursue graduate theological education to enhance their faith and practice and, in some cases, to prepare for specialized ministries in the church and community. Students may complete the Certificate through a complement of core courses in general studies or by focusing in an area of specialized interest.   

 

I am interested in becoming a chaplain . . .

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program is most often required for work in chaplaincy. The majority of hospitals, prison systems, hospice care, and the various branches of the military require chaplains to be ordained, which, for many traditions, includes obtaining an M.Div. The Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care or Military Chaplaincy concentrations at Brite also provide added training to persons interested in pursuing a career in chaplaincy.

 

I want to become a United Methodist Deacon . . .

The Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (M.A.T.M.) degree program was designed with you in mind. This degree program provides all the necessary and required coursework for United Methodist students to pursue ordination as a Deacon in full connection. The M.A.T.M. integrates critical theological study and formative practices in an environment focused on educating persons for leadership within various ministry settings, such as non-profit organizations, NGOs, bi-vocational settings, and other specialized ministries.

 

I am interested in taking one or two classes . . .

Option One: If you are interested in enrolling in a specific class for credit, apply for Special Student status. As a Special Student, you are granted permission to enroll in a limited number of courses for credit. If you wish to pursue additional course work, you may apply for full admission to the C.T.S. or to one of Brite’s various degree programs.

Option Two: If you are interested in enrolling in a specific class without a desire for credit, apply to be a Community Auditor. As a Community Auditor, you are granted permission to enroll in a limited number of courses and receive library privileges for the duration of each class. This option is best for individuals who wish to explore a special interest or cultivate personal growth without pursuing graduate credit.