• Print


Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Program Overview

The M.Div. program allows you to study a range of diverse theological disciplines, with the possibility of focusing on one area. For example, you may choose a concentration in the field of pastoral studies, such as youth ministry, preaching, or cross-cultural missions; or you can select an interdisciplinary concentration such as pastoral counseling, chaplaincy, or religious education.

The recognized standard credential for pastoral ministry is the Master of Divinity. Our graduate professional program provides the educational preparation for pastoral ministry and offers the option of developing one or more concentrations, specializations, or emphases.

La Sierra University also offers a program that allows you to earn your M.Div. and M.B.A. degrees simul- taneously through a joint program offered by the Divinity School and the School of Business.

Who Should Attend:

  • Ministers employed by Seventh-day Adventist conferences who want to increase their effectiveness by com- pleting the requisite professional education for the pastorate.

  • College graduates who seek professional preparation for ministry.

  • Students interested in doctoral study (both Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Philosophy).

  • Specialized church employees, such as religious educators, high school teachers, youth and chil- dren’s pastors, family pastors and counselors who desire a professional ministerial degree program in their area of specialty.
  • People engaged in occupations other than ministry who believe they are called to pastoral ministry and therefore want to obtain the appro- priate educational preparation.
  • Adequately prepared interna- tional students.
  • Pastors and others who are not Seventh-day Adventist.


A combined program leading to the completion of both the Master of Divinity and Master of Business Administration degrees is offered jointly by the Divinity School and the School of Business. The program is designed especially for persons inter- ested in congregational leadership, church administration, church plant- ing, and the use of entrepreneurial skills to enhance congregational and community life.

Twelve units completed in the Divinity School by a student enrolled in the program may be used to fulfill requirements for the M.B.A. program, and twelve units completed in the School of Business by such a student may be used to fulfill requirements for the M.Div. program, with the result that twenty-four fewer units will be required to complete the combined program than would be required to complete the two degrees separately.

A student wishing to complete the combined degree must be accepted into both the M.Div. and the M.B.A. programs. For further information, please contact the Divinity School dean’s office or the School of Business dean’s office.

Alumni Profile

Patrick Reynolds, 2009



“I TRULY BELIEVE THE EDUCATORS at LSU make up one of the premier faculties in theology, not only in Adventism, but in the world’s leading theological institutions."


WHY LA SIERRA: I was convicted to become

a pastor in the Adventist church, and retired from the military. I was originally scheduled to go to another college. I chose LSU because the diversity of the students is unmatched in the Adventist system. That is important to me. And you can’t beat Southern California weather!


WHAT I GAINED: The fact that I attended La Sierra was an intense blessing because it opened my mind to new possibilities in the world, academ- ically and intellectually, within the realm of theology. The faculty challenges you to think in new ways that drive you to look deeper into the Bible than you ever thought possible. It helps you to develop your theological foundation, giving you a firm start to be a pastor.


WHAT I AM DOING NOW: I am working as a youth pastor for two churches, and for the last five years we have gone to the Philippines to do evangelism. We have baptized over 1,000 people now and started a non-profit that helps Filipino children go to Adventist schools.