Welcome to the Master of Divinity Program

The Master of Divinity is the primary degree designed to equip leaders for ordained Christian ministry. Building on a strong undergraduate background, this 90-credit hour graduate-level program (3 years, if full-time) equips students to understand and interpret scripture, appreciate Christian history and theology, and understand how to provide effective ministry leadership in the contemporary Canadian cultural context. Master of Divinity graduates are prepared for a wide range of ministry leadership including service in local churches, chaplaincy settings, and overseas.  Graduates also provide leadership to denominations and parachurch ministries. Some graduates engage in further study and then teach in colleges and seminaries worldwide. Students may choose one of the following specializations, or study without specialization:

  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Evangelism and Mission
  • Youth & Young Adult Ministry
  • Pastoral Care and Counselling
  • Leadership and Spiritual Formation
  • Prison Chaplaincy
  • Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care


In order to be admitted to the Master of Divinity program, applicants will have a four-year baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, from an approved university with a grade point average of 2.00 or better.

Instructions for applying to the Master of Divinity Program:

Please read all the instructions below before starting your application.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for admission as early as possible during the academic year prior to their intended enrolment. International applicants are normally admitted no later than April 1 for a September start. Although Canadian applicants can apply up until the start of new term, it is recommended that they apply months in advance to ensure successful registration.

1. Completing the Application Form

The application is a five step form that should take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. If you are not able to complete the application all at once, there is a save button located at the bottom of each section. Make sure to save any completed sections before exiting the online application.

2. Paying the Processing Fee

A $75.00 (CDN) non-refundable application fee can be paid online by credit card OR by mailing a cheque or money order (made payable to Acadia University) to:

Division of Research and Graduate Studies
Acadia University
Box 70
Wolfville, NS
B4P 2R6

3. Resume

You can email your resume directly from your Acadia Central account. Instructions on how to log into your account will be emailed to you after your application has been received and processed. Or, you can email your resume directly to gradadmissions@acadiau.ca

4. Transcripts

As an applicant to Acadia Divinity College, you are responsible for requesting that one (1) official copy of your transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended be mailed directly to Acadia University. These transcripts are only considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope from the original college or university. They should be mailed directly by each college(s) or university(s) to:

Division of Research and Graduate Studies
Acadia University
Box 70
Wolfville, NS
B4P 2R6

5. Reference Forms

All applications applying to Master of Divinity degrees will need to have one (1) reference form completed by a pastor and sent directly to Acadia Divinity College by the pastor. Referees must be over 21 years of age, not related to the applicant, and should have known the applicant for a minimum of two years. Referees must send completed Reference Forms directly to:

Acadia Divinity College
Attn: Catherine Cole
15 University Avenue (mailing)
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

by email to
by fax to 902-585-2233 (Attn: Catherine Cole)

6. Passport

All international applicants are required to submit a copy of their passport as part of their application. PLEASE EMAIL pages 1 and 2 of your passport to gradadmissions@acadiau.ca


If you are an International applicant, in most cases you will need to submit an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)/IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score directly from the TOEFL/IELTS Testing Centre.

8. Monitor your application

After your application has been received, you will receive an automated email with instructions on how to log into your Acadia Central account. You will be able to verify the status of your application from this account.

Acadia Central

9. Receiving a Decision

Once you have submitted your application, and all required supporting documents have been received, your completed file will be processed by the Admissions Committee of Acadia Divinity College as well as the Graduate Studies Officer of Acadia University. Applicants will be notified of an admission decision and will receive an official letter by regular mail service.

For Application Assistance Please Contact:
Catherine Cole

Manager of Recruitment and Admissions

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Acadia Divinity College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.