Earn Your MDiv and MBA or MNA

The modern minister has responsibilities beyond the traditional role of pastor and teacher. Whether it’s providing organizational leadership in traditional church settings, or leading nonprofits with faith-based principles, the tools from a comprehensive education of ministry and business will empower you to engage rapidly changing church, nonprofit, and for-profit environments. A master of divinity (MDiv) is the foundation you need to seek ordination in the Evangelical Covenant Church or another denomination. The master of business administration (MBA) and the master of nonprofit administration (MNA) are two of the most respected programs for training effective leaders in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Students who complete both have a wider range of flexibility and opportunity in the workforce alongside a solid foundation for ministry work.


Why North Park?

As the seminary of the ECC, North Park Theological Seminary is built on an ecumenical evangelicalism that invites men and women from diverse backgrounds to work together as they explore their particular calls to ministry. Our MDiv program is built on a foundation of learning with and from these many voices. Adding an MBA or MNA will further enrich your own perspective and skill set. You’ll be prepared to lead your congregation or organization through coursework from the School of Business and Nonprofit Management, which has a track record of training innovative leaders to meet the challenges of 21st-century organizations. North Park’s programs can be tailored for students of all ages and calls, and are committed to developing leaders who are missionally competent—women and men who can serve with compassion and confidence across all cultures and locations.

Study In-Person and Online

An MDiv plus an MBA or MNA can be completed in four years of full-time study and internship, although many of our students choose to complete the program over a longer period of time and take a combination of in-person, online, and intensive hybrid courses.

Course Areas

The MDiv curriculum provides foundational knowledge in the Bible, history, theology, and ancient languages, while the MBA and MNA teach comprehensive business principles, including organizational leadership, finance, and market analysis. Integrative courses will engage issues that affect leadership in ministry, nonprofit, and for-profit contexts.

Field Education

Field Education is a companion to academic work at NPTS. Eleven credits earned from classes and internships will give further context to your studies, help you develop maturity in interpersonal relationships and insights into ministry organization, and  strengthen your overall sense of a Christian vocation.

Read more about Field Education.

Community Life

A true Seminary education goes far beyond the classroom. North Park Theological Seminary offers numerous opportunities, including on-campus housing, community events, and worship services, all within the world-class city of Chicago.

Explore what happens outside of the classroom.

Meet the Faculty: John E. Phelan, Jr.

As a pastor, Dr. Jay Phelan knows the value of theological education, particularly in serious biblical study. He came to North Park because he "wanted to be a part of this process of engaging text and culture," he says.

Learn more about Dr. Phelan and the Seminary faculty.

John Phelan
Vocational Development

The Seminary community is one that values vocational development alongside academic preparation for your career in ministry. Identity and spiritual formation coursework, psychological testing, and supervised practical experience are all crucial elements of your development as a minister. North Park Theological Seminary is also equipped to walk alongside you as you complete your education and move into ministry and the credentialing process of the ECC.

Explore our vocational development opportunities.