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Harrisburg MDiv

of Evangelical Seminary

An accessible, affordable education for pastoral ministry for people in the Capital region who need to balance ministry education with the rest of their busy lives.

In the Harrisburg region, there's currently no one offering graduate theological education for ministry. And even though you've heard Evangelical Seminary's education in Myerstown is top notch, that could be a long commute...

So, if you're a:

  • Congregational lay leader who senses a call to vocational congregational ministry
  • Church staff member seeking to meet church licensure and/or ordination requirements*
  • College graduate seeking graduate-level education for a lifetime of ministry
  • Person sensing a call to serve as a chaplain (military, hospital, etc.)

Where can you earn your MDiv? How about right in your hometown of Harrisburg! Introducing the Harrisburg MDiv of Evangelical Seminary!


  • Meet on Monday nights throughout the year (with some time off in the late summer), and complete the entire degree program in only five years
  • Attend classes at Messiah College's Harrisburg Institute (28 Dewberry Street), right next to the Harrisburg Amtrak station, with plenty of off-street parking provided next door in the Harrisburg Parking Authority's Chestnut Street garage
  • Extend your education for ministry right in downtown Harrisburg, only two blocks from the Capitol and Strawberry Square, close to several local shops and restaurants
  • Study and learn together with a small group of like-minded professionals, following a prescribed series of courses with your cohort to enrich your ministry and advance your career
  • Develop deep, ongoing relationships with others in your cohort, leading to a lifelong network of supportive professional friendships and contacts
  • Experience seminary courses taught by both experts and practitioners-—committed Christians who care about what you're learning in class, how you're applying that learning in ministry, and how you're growing spiritually in the process
  • Enjoy online access to major research databases from wherever you are, and borrow materials from both Evangelical's Rostad Library and Messiah's Murray Library
  • Most program costs and fees built in, including off-street parking

About the Program

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Conduct informed and thoughtful biblical interpretation and application with reference to the original language
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and engagement with the foundational doctrines and historical traditions of the Christian faith
  • Analyze the patterns and influences of culture and society and incorporate that analysis in order to engage people in contextually appropriate ways
  • Exhibit self-awareness and growth in Christian character and practices necessary for ministry leadership
  • Communicate and lead competently in the practice of ministry

Courses in the program include the following:
  • Spiritual Formation in Ministry; Personal Foundations for Ministry
  • Pentateuch & Joshua; Historical and Poetic Books
  • Gospels & Acts; Epistles
  • Christian Thought and Ethics; Survey of Christian Theology
  • Evangelism and Discipleship; Leadership and Administration
  • Vision, Change, and Conflict; Preaching in the Church
  • Congregational and Contextual Field Education

Download the complete schedule of fees here.
Scholarships available include:
  • $1,000 for United Methodist students
  • $1,000 for Messiah grads
  • $1,000 for LBC grads (a new one)
Scholarships apply to new MDiv students registering for at least six credits. $500 awarded in the Fall semester and $500 awarded in the Spring semester.

Your journey will be led by the expert faculty from Evangelical Seminary. Learn more about our faculty members.

Classes meet on Mondays from 4:00 until 10:00 p.m., with a brief dinner break, generally according to the regular academic calendar of the seminary.

For 2012-13, two classes will meet from September 10 – December 17 [Reading Week October 22]; one class will meet on January 7, 14, and 28; two classes will meet from February 4 – May 6 [no Reading Week for this cohort this semester]; one class will meet from June 3 – July 16; summer break until September 9, 2013.


28 South Dewberry Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

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Evangelical Seminary is a proud member of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC.

*Suitable to fulfill ordination requirements for many denominations. Current students in Myerstown represent more than thirty denominations including Assemblies of God, Brethren in Christ, Church of the Brethren, Church of the Nazarene, Evangelical Congregational, Evangelical Free, Mennonite, Presbyterian, United Brethren, United Church of Christ, United Methodist (Evangelical is approved by the United Methodist University Senate to train its candidates for ministry), and Wesleyan.

MDiv Cohort at the Harrisburg Institute of Messiah College Fall 2014 Schedule

Day & TimeClass NameProfessor

*CC612 Pastoral Counseling and Crisis Intervention
CH511 History of Christianity I
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MDiv Cohort at the Harrisburg Institute of Messiah College Summer 2014 Schedule

Each course contains an additional 25 mins/wk of online work.

Day & TimeClass NameProfessorRoom
M 4:00 – 10:00 pm
PM635 Church at Worship (sec. 8) (3 cr.)
NOTE: This course meets July 14– August 18 in Harrisburg, and requires an additional 25 mins/wk of online work)
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Harrisburg MDiv

Master of Divinity Program

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