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Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Cairn University is committed to preparing shepherds and teachers for the local church.

Prepare for pastoral leadership in local churches focused on the Word of God. Study the Bible cover-to-cover while developing a foundational understanding of Christian doctrine and applied theology, preparing to approach pastoral responsibilities ranging from counseling to financial management with a biblical perspective.

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Why Master of Divinity?

Pursuing a Master of Divinity facilitates a deepening of one’s understanding of theology. By faithfully pursuing the Lord’s calling to know Him, you will be able to apply it to many career paths, making a lasting impact both as a professional and a follower of Christ.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Articulate a master’s level understanding of the Bible appropriate for vocational ministry.
  • Articulate a master’s level understanding of systematic and historical theology appropriate for vocational ministry.
  • Demonstrate exegetical skill in the original languages of the Bible.
  • Demonstrate expositional skill in communicating God’s Word.
  • Demonstrate shepherding skills of caring for and leading God’s people within a ministry setting.
  • Demonstrate evidence of mature Christian character necessary for vocational ministry and lead God’s people to spiritual maturity as one who models the same.


To enter the program, the candidate will:


To complete the program, the candidate will:

  • Successfully complete all required coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

For more information about the Master of Divinity degree programemail [email protected].

Master of Divinity (MDiv) at Cairn

Biblical Integration

Study in a multi-denominational conservative evangelical setting, united around a shared statement of faith and enhanced by the richness of a diverse classroom representing over 40 denominations.

University Resource

Earn a seminary degree while benefiting from robust university resources, including library access, student services, and campus events.

Personalized Education

Advanced standing of up to 24 credits may be granted for Bible/Theology credits earned at an accredited Bible college, Christian liberal arts college or university, or seminary. Credits will be granted on a course-by-course basis

Academic Opportunity

Prepare to read the Bible in the original language through two years each of Greek and Hebrew.


Attend class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, accommodating flexible work schedules.

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Required Credits: 72

Curriculum Highlights:

  • CHM 621 The Spiritual Life
  • CHM 631 Pastoral Care and Leadership
  • CHM 731 Issues in Christian Education
  • CHM 791 Guided Field Experience
  • PMN 631 Homiletics
  • PMN 721 Pastoral Counseling
  • PMN 731 Advanced Homiletics
  • Pastor
  • Professor/Teacher
  • Missionary Work
  • Christian Non-profit Leader
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Meet Our Faculty

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Keith Plummer

Dean; Professor of Theology, School of Divinity

Dr. Keith Plummer teaches a variety of courses including Apologetics, Introduction to Christian Theology, and Technology & Christian Discipleship. His love of apologetics resulted from the role it played (particularly through the works of Francis Schaeffer) in helping him through a period of intense doubt in his early Christian life.

Before teaching at Cairn, Dr. Plummer served as associate pastor at Our Saviour Evangelical Free Church in Wheeling, IL for 18 years where his primary responsibilities were adult education and pastoral counseling. For ten of those years, he served as a volunteer police chaplain.

He and his wife have two adult children who are Cairn alumni.

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Jared Bryant

Associate Dean; Professor; Director of Degree Completion, School of Divinity

Professor Jared Bryant teaches theology and New Testament studies. He is also the associate dean of the School of Divinity and the director of the Degree Completion program—Cairn’s non-traditional, transfer student program.

Dr. Bryant has a particular interest in the history and theology of the fourth-century church. He has dedicated most of his research to the Trinitarian theology of Gregory of Nazianzus. He also holds active membership in the Evangelical Theological Society, the Friends of Mount Athos, and the North American Patristics Society.

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