Master of Divinity & Master of Social Work

In conjunction with Marywood University, the MDiv-MSW allows you to combine your passion for both congregational leadership and social justice. This program prepares you with the theological foundation and practical skills necessary to address the particular challenges communities face—poverty, violence, mental illness, or after-school child care. You’ll take courses at Moravian Seminary and at Marywood campus in Scranton, PA, or on the DeSales University campus in Center Valley, PA.

Here’s what it takes

The Moravian MDiv-MSW dual degree with Marywood requires a total of 120 credits of coursework. By sharing credits you can finish in four years of full-time study. You must finish within seven years.

MDIV-MSW Curriculum Overview

Explore Marywood University

Explore Marywood’s Master of Social Work program at www.marywood.edu/ssw/grad/. They offer courses at their Marywood University campus, East Stroudsburg University, and just 15 minutes away from the Seminary at DeSales University.

Apply to both Moravian Theological Seminary and Marywood

In order to enter this dual degree program, you need to apply and be accepted at both Moravian Theological Seminary (www.moravianseminary.edu/admissions/apply-now) and Marywood University (www.marywood.edu/admissions/applying).

Ordination

Ordination is governed and bestowed by specific religious bodies and not by the Seminary. Getting your MDiv does not guarantee ordination. Approval as a candidate for ordination is a separate and parallel track to the admissions process at MTS. Be sure to consult your denominational authorities about your specific ordination requirements, and we will work closely with you to help you stay on top of those requirements.

Supervised Ministry

Supervised Ministry orientation takes place over 2 semesters. Supervised Ministry 1 and Supervised Ministry 2 provide an overview of the elements and requirements of the two-year Supervised Ministry placement, including learning covenants, supervision, and evaluation. Taken during the first semester, Supervised Ministry 1 enables you to experience worship and parish life in a number of different congregations. In Supervised Ministry 2, you shadow two pastors, learning more fully about their congregations with an eye toward identifying a potential Supervised Ministry placement site.

Typically, you carry out your Supervised Ministry placement at one setting for four semesters. You participate in all areas of their ministry setting, including worship leadership, pastoral care and counseling, program development, and administrative leadership. Supervisors provide evaluations every semester. You also complete assignments from several courses at the Supervised Ministry placement, integrating learning through practical application.

You complete Portfolio 1 during the first semester of Supervised Ministry placement and Portfolio 2 during the last of the four semesters of Supervised Ministry. Portfolio courses guide your learning covenant development at the beginning of the semester and examine Supervisor evaluations at the end of the semester. You’ll also cover topics such as pastoral identity and authority, the history and life of the congregation, and ministry procedures. Projects, final assessments, and capstone sermons demonstrate your developing pastoral identity and ability to do theological reflection.

Intercultural Immersion Experiences

Within the area of Intercultural Engagement & Action, Area Electives are designed to include intercultural immersion experiences. These experiences could be local or could involve travel in the US or internationally. The courses will also include preparation for the experience, a means of processing the experience as one engages in it, and a means of debriefing after the experience and discerning ways to incorporate the learnings in one’s vocation.

Continuing Education Requirement

Each MDiv student is required to participate in at least 6 continuing education programs. You get to choose which ones you attend—and there are lots to choose from.

Adding a Concentration or Graduate Certificate

You can focus your electives on contemplative practices and spiritual formation and obtain a Concentration in Formative Spirituality, the Spiritual Direction Graduate Certificate, or the Formative Spirituality Graduate Certificate. These unique programs ground students in the contemplative tradition and offer another set of tools to use in congregations and the community.