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Doctor of Ministry program prepares the student for a life as a Christian servant and leader. The program has a fourfold emphasis:

  1. to complement the work of the student currently successfully engaged in ministry by exposing him to fresh ideas and lively interchange of ministry concepts with others in active service;
  2. to provide high-quality training in practical application of his knowledge of the Word of God;
  3. to give him a proper understanding of and appreciation for the Scriptures as the inerrant, infallible, and authoritative Word of God; and
  4. to give him a proper understanding of himself in relation to Almighty God and God’s Word as a redeemed sinner who has become a son. The graduate will be able to “rightly divide the Word of Truth” and make his knowledge productive in evangelizing the lost and edifying the saints.

All D.Min. courses, except Research Study (major project), are taken in one-week modules offered in January, May, and August and via distance learning (up to three courses).

In addition to the General Admission Requirements, the student must have completed three years of vocational ministry experience. A significant portion should be after the completion of the M.Div. Please contact the Seminary Office for further details.

A strong foundation of Bible-content coursework is supplemented by training and additional tools to aid in the pastorate. This program aims at the student’s acquisition of sound tools for studying the Scriptures with an emphasis on expository preaching. Comprehensive coverage coupled with technical skills is a hallmark of this curriculum.

Study for the Master of Divinity includes mastery of a field of knowledge combined with close attention to personal spiritual growth. A minimum of 96 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree is required for the M.Div. degree.

Residence work may be completed in six semesters with some distance learning or summer sessions required. Up to one half of course requirements may be taken by distance learning. Minimum residence requirements can be completed with careful planning in two school years (fall/spring) with remaining courses taken through summer sessions and by distance learning.

See General Admission Requirements. Master of Divinity students are not required to have majored in Bible on the undergraduate level. A liberal arts baccalaureate degree substantially similar to that of Pensacola Christian College undergraduates is required. Students not holding a standard baccalaureate degree should contact the Seminary-Graduate Studies Office for admission options.

This program focuses on a mastery of the messages of the verbally inspired Scriptures. It is designed for full-time Christian workers and earnest laymen who hunger for greater knowledge of the Bible. Students study biblical truth as a whole, explore key topics in more depth, and learn practical church and school concepts for a well-rounded ministry.

All coursework may be completed via distance learning. Courses are also offered on campus during the fall and spring semesters and summer sessions.

See General Admission Requirements. Bible exposition students are not required to have majored in Bible on the undergraduate level.

This program focuses on God’s Word in the original languages. The biblical doctrines of inspiration and preservation are stressed to instill a loyalty to the Masoretic Text/Textus Receptus and a reverence for the accuracy and integrity of the Authorized Version (KJV). Students acquire and apply sound tools for studying the Scriptures and rightly dividing the Word of Truth.

Up to five courses may be taken by distance learning; however, four consecutive fall/spring semesters are required to meet Greek requirements.

See General Admission Requirements. Biblical languages requires at least two years of undergraduate Greek with a minimum grade of “C-.”

The Master of Ministry curriculum has three phases.

  1. Bible content courses, one in Old Testament and one in New Testament, combined with BI 640 Doctrine and History of Preservation of the Text, provide the student with foundational concepts to strengthen his love for God’s Word.
  2. Master of Ministry courses, both practical and modular, provide the student with refreshing and revitalizing concepts that can be used effectively in current ministry.
  3. Additional seminary electives may be chosen to supplement M.Min. modules, allowing the student to gain advanced training in Bible content, theology, or pastoral training.

All courses may be completed via distance learning. Courses may also be taken on campus at the student’s convenience during one-week modules offered in January, May, or August; a summer session; or the fall or spring semesters.

In addition to General Admission Requirements, students must have completed at least three years of ministry experience and are not required to have majored in undergraduate-level Bible.

The purpose of this degree is to enable the church or Christian school musician to obtain advanced training in choral conducting, vocal communication, church music philosophy and administration, church music literature, and Bible content. The student is thoroughly grounded and trained in a Christian philosophy of music, which balances academic proficiency with spiritual perception. The combination of music and Bible courses prepares the student with the broad education necessary to function effectively as a music minister or Christian school music instructor.

The Master of Church Music degree can be completed in two summers when supplemented by distance-learning courses. Three music sessions are offered each summer. Bible requirements may be met by attending summer sessions or through distance learning.

See General Admission Requirements. Students are not required to have majored in music on the undergraduate level.

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Review the Distinctives of Pensacola Theological Seminary to learn why it may be the perfect choice for your future ministry preparation.

Executive Administration

Troy Shoemaker, Ed.D. President
Raylene Cochran, Ph.D. Academic Vice President
Tim McLaughlin, M.A.R. Vice President for Student Life
Gary East, M.Acc. Chief Financial Officer


Dan Rushing, D.Min. Dean of Biblical Studies; Dean of Pensacola Theological Seminary
Donna Marion, Ph.D. Dean of Professional Studies
Amy Bombard, D.M.A. Dean of Visual and Performing Arts
Denise McCollim, D.N.P. Dean of Arts and Sciences
Linda Troutman, M.S. Registrar
Mark Smith, Ed.D. Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Paul Lefevers, B.S. Dean of Men
Sarah Lefevers, M.S. Dean of Women
Mark Goetsch, M.S.S. Athletic Director