Master of Divinity (MDiv)

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is a professional degree programme for the student who holds a BA or its equivalent and whose primary career goals are focused on the pastoral ministry.

Bachelor of Divinity (BD)

The Bachelor of Divinity (BD) is a degree programme for the student who does not hold a BA or its equivalent.  The applicant must be at least 30 years old.  The Bachelor of Divinity degree should not be seen as a substitute for a BA. It is a professional graduate degree designed solely to prepare qualified men for the ordained ministry.


Both degree programmes have the same course requirements. They can be completed in four years of full-time study, and must be completed within six years, unless extended by faculty vote.

Foundations Year

Realising that the classical theological curriculum at WPTS presupposes a strong arts background, WPTS has a Foundations or Propædeutic year to fill the knowledge gap.  However, as some students already have an arts degree, all or part of this foundations year may be waived on the basis of proficiency examinations and one of the following:

  1. university transcripts showing comparable course work completed with at least a B average, or
  2. distance education/taped classes on those topics with a grade of B or better.

Note: The Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (GPTS) academic catalogue contains more information about our courses.

Academic Catalogue 2016-2019