Graduate studies in Divinity

At La Sierra University, our constituency is the Seventh-day Adventist church, yet we welcome students from other faith traditions. The Divinity School offers four graduate programs which fall into two categories: academic and professional.

Our professional programs are tailored for those who work, or would like to work, in some aspect of Christian ministry. We offer two professional programs: the Master of Divinity and the Certificate in Ministry. The Master of Divinity is the standard degree program for professional ministry. The Certificate in Ministry is for preparation for lay church leadership.

We offer a Master of Arts in Religion for those who are interested in focused academic study and research in specialized fields within religious studies. The Master of Theological Studies provides a broad graduate-level academic program that reaches across the spectrum of theological and religious studies.

Our Faith Statement

We see ourselves as an open community of learning and service, conviction and hospitality, solidarity and diversity, where faith seeks both understanding and transformation.

Our vision is to be attentive to the calling of Jesus Christ to present truth, while not forgetting how God has led us in our past history, and ever listening and reaching out through the empowering of the Spirit to a changing church and world.

We seek to form leaders who will be both effective and winsome spokespersons for the gospel, and capable of courageously standing for the right though the heavens fall. We seek collaborations with congregations and partner institutions where conversations can deepen our service in God’s cause in the world.

We offer the following:

Programs at a Glance

Graduate Program
Quarter Units
Minimum Time To Complete
Master of Divinity (M.Div.)1363 years
Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)48-961-2 years
Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.)481-2 years
Graduate Certificate in Ministry (C.Min.)361 year (or less)


The HMS Richards Divinity School holds accreditation with:

The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
The Commission on Accrediting
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh PA 15275-1110

La Sierra University is accredited by:

  • AAA (Adventist Accreditation Association)
  • WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges)

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