Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation Dual Degree
Who should consider this degree?
This degree combines study in Eastern Mennonite University’s world-renowned Center for Justice and Peacebuilding with theological and practical preparation for ministry. Those interested in working in peacebuilding with a ministry focus would be well-suited for this degree.
- 70 hours of coursework for the master of divinity degree- 51 SH of the MDiv core curriculum and 19 of Ministry Track electives
- 33 hours of coursework for the master of arts in conflict transformation degree- 15 SH from core requirements and 18 SH of CJP electives, a skills assessment course and the practicum (chosen in consultation with academic advisor)Learn more about the MACT degree here
A unique strength of Eastern Mennonite Seminary is our formation program. We believe that focusing on one’s own formation during the seminary journey is the way for ministering persons to be healthy and whole in their vocations. Formation in God’s Story I & II (2 credits each) helps students understand their own lives in conversation with and connection to God’s story as found in Scripture and being written in the present in their own lives through spiritual practices. Formation in Ministry I & II (3 credits each) offers students the opportunity to put their learning into practice in internship sites related to their vocational leanings with a mentor to help with on-site theological reflection. Formation in Missional Leadership I & II (2 credits each) provides space for students to integrate what they have learned about themselves, God, the world, and the church as they look forward to their future in ministry. For more information please visit the formation page.
World-renown Center for Justice and Peacebuilding
The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University has an alumni network of global peacebuilders in over 60 countries. This program focuses on practice. Skills modules are woven into core courses and all faculty members are also practitioners. It also includes significant work on developing self-awareness, self-management, self-care and resilience, and reflective practice.
Internships, practicums, and capstone projects will integrate seminary studies and peacebuilding skills and theory.
seminary core curriculum
- Formation in God’s Story I and II
- Old Testament: Text in Context
- New Testament: Text in Context
- Christian Tradition I and II
- Formation in Ministry I and II
- Christian Ethics
- Living Theology
- Missio Dei in Cultural Context
- Formation in Missional Leadership I and II
- 12 hours of Biblical languages or the alternate language track
For the MDiv several integrative courses are included as designated electives.
MDiv- 6 SH from two of these designated electives
- Churches and Social Transformation
- Managing Congregational Conflict
- Peacebuilding in Anabaptist Perspective
To fulfill 3 SH of MDiv biblical studies requirements, one of these two courses:
- Biblical Foundations for Peacemaking
- Ethics and Nonviolence: Sermon on the Mount
master of arts in conflict transformation curriculum
- Foundations for Peacebuilding I and II (12 credits)
- Research Methods for Social Change (3 credits)
- Practicum (6-9 credits)
- Skills assessment courses (Choose at least one):
- Mediation & Negotiation
- Restorative Justice Practices
- Transforming Trauma
- Facilitation: Process Design & Skills for Dialogue, Deliberation & Decision-making