The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is the standard degree required by many church denominations prior to ordination to pastoral ministry. Palmer Seminary prepares pastors for ministry in several different denominations. Students take the same core courses, then move on to upper-level courses that address denominational requirements. However, not all who earn the Master of Divinity go on to pastoral ministry. The MDiv prepares men and women for a variety of ministry-oriented vocations.
Whereas many other schools typically assign a certain number of credits (usually 3) to standard courses, Palmer's "currency" is the unit. Most regular, semester-long courses at Palmer are two-unit courses. Earning the Master of Divinity degree requires the successful completion of a total of 66 units. Full-time students typically complete this degree in three years.
Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools , Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools