James Waddell

Director of the Masters Programs

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

At ETS we offer our students choices when it comes to our Master of Divinity program. There is only one Master of Divinity at ETS and after successful completion of the program, each student will receive the MDiv diploma and, depending on denominational requirements, will be certified for ordination. The student is responsible for contacting his or her own denominational administration to determine whether further denomination-specific courses are required for ordination. While there is one Master of Divinity at ETS, there are two separate tracks for completing the MDiv program: Traditional Ecumenical Ministry MDiv Track and Urban Transformation and Renewal MDiv Track.

The Master of Divinity degree program (MDiv) has been available at Ecumenical Theological Seminary since 2006. It received full approval and accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in March of 2005. This program offers a distinctive approach to theological education. It is grounded in an ethics-praxis and social justice orientation. You will take courses that are focused primarily on practical training as well as more theoretical courses such as biblical studies, theology, and church history. This combination of courses will provide you with the resources you will need to do ministry in our complex society. Completion of the MDiv degree program requires a minimum of three years of full-time study or four to seven years of part-time study.

The MDiv degree program requires the completion of:

In compliance with ATS accreditation Standards the MDiv has a ten-year limit for time to completion of the degree. Beyond the ten-year limit, special permission must be secured from the Academic Dean in order for the degree to be conferred. Students must take this requirement into account when considering part-time study.


quarter hours of credit


courses (the rough equivalent of 75 semester credits

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Denominational Requirements for Ordination


Ecumenical Theological Seminary is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. However, if ordination is your goal and your denomination has as a requirement for ordination a Master of Divinity from an approved or denominational seminary, you should first inquire with your denominational officials to ensure that an ETS MDiv is right for you.

Master of Divinity Programs
The Traditional Ecumenical Ministry MDiv Track

The first track for completing the ETS MDiv is the Traditional Ecumenical Ministry Track. Working in conjunction with traditional denominational MDiv requirements and in compliance with ATS standards, this track allows you to meet the educational standards required by mainstream denominations for congregational ministry with very few exceptions.

Urban Transformation and Renewal MDiv Track

Detroit and other cities throughout the United States are currently undergoing a period of economic expansion and renewal. Some places more than others—but especially in Detroit—hospitals, universities, schools, businesses, restaurants, sports and entertainment venues are experiencing capital investments and renewed economic growth.

Field Education for the Master of Divinity

Field Education (FE) is a supervised ministry experience during the middle part of your seminary studies (after 8-12 courses).

Admission Requirements
  • Complete the Online Application

  • Two signed Letters of Recommendation

  • Resume, or Biographical Sketch

  • Official transcripts of credits from all educational institutions attended


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Ecumenical Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools​ in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: MDiv, MA, MA in Pastoral Ministry, DMin.

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