Because Mid-America Reformed Seminary focuses on preparing students for the gospel ministry, the primary program offered at Mid-America is the Master of Divinity degree program.
Mid-America recognizes, however, that students seek seminary education for a variety of reasons. Mid-America offers courses for lay church members as well as educational opportunities for ordained ministers or Christian schoolteachers. Persons desiring a theological education without pursuing ordination may be admitted to Mid-America’s Master of Theological Studies degree program. Mid-America also provides transferable academic credit for students exploring other seminary options. A student not enrolled in either the Master of Divinity program or the Master of Theological Studies program is classified as a Non-Degree Student and is not required to meet entrance and course prerequisites.
The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program is designed for students with a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree, who fulfill the recommended prerequisites, and who seek a Master of Divinity degree for ordination. A limited number of non-B.A. degree students may be admitted to this program.
The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree program is a two or three-year program for students with a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree who desire theological education, but do not seek ordination. Students concentrate on either biblical studies or doctrinal ecclesiastical studies. A limited number of students are accepted to the program, and these students are not eligible for ordinary forms of student aid.
Students desiring to become pastors, ministers, missionaries, or evangelists would likely enter the Master of Divinity degree program. Christian schoolteachers or other Christian ministry employees may seek the Master of Theological Studies degree. Non-degree status would apply to those pursuing additional education to assist their work as lay evangelists, Sunday school teachers, elders or deacons.