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Graduate Studies in Theology and Missions

Graduate Studies in Theology and Missions

Earn a graduate degree as you ministerTheology and Missions Graduate Degree Programs

The School of Theology and Missions at Union is committed to advancing the Kingdom of God. Our programs integrate rigorous academics, deep devotion to Christ and His Church, skill in teaching and attention to students as individuals.

Union University offers graduate degree programs to fit the needs of ministers and church leaders. You can earn a graduate degree as you minister through Union University's online, in-class or residency seminar programs.

Master of Christian Studies - Online and In-class

The world is changing. Bi-vocational pastors, missionaries, church planters and church leaders need graduate theological education that allows them to continue with their work.

The Master of Christian Studies degree is offered online and at Union's campuses in Jackson, Germantown/Memphis and Hendersonville/Nashville to meet this growing need.

The Master of Christian Studies program seeks to advance God's kingdom around the world by laying a solid biblical and theological foundation and leading students to integrate their studies with ministry. Learn more about the online and in-class programs.

Doctor of Ministry - with an emphasis in Expository Preaching

The Doctor of Ministry program is dedicated to serious scholarship and expository preaching. Students gain deeper understanding of the nature of expository preaching, informed by a biblical and practical study. They also benefit from advance competency in preparation and delivery, research skills and professional and personal growth.

Students participate in residence seminars twice a year at the Stephen Olford Center in Memphis, Tennessee. The beautiful, retreat-like setting is ideal for students as they learn from Union's acclaimed faculty and forge friendships with other ministers in the degree program.

Learn more information about the facilities at the Stephen Olford Center.


The academic component of the Doctor of Ministry includes seven required seminars and two elective seminars. Each seminar includes extensive reading and preparation before the seminar meets, one week of intensive work on site and the Stephen Olford Center (Monday noon through Friday noon) and a minimum of two months of work and reflection after the seminar.

The entry point for the program is July. Seminars meet in January or July. Student must enroll in their first two seminars back-to-back (two consecutive weeks in July). After that, they may enroll in either one or two seminars at a time. Learn more about the seminar schedule and the dissertation.

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