Tailored to students who are already working in ministry and have a busy lifestyle of family, serving and more, LBC | Capital’s Master of Divinity program is offered fully online as well as in a hybrid modality on the college’s main campus in Lancaster, Pa., and at the Washington, D.C., site.
The college’s MDiv is designed for students who want to pursue both ministry leadership training as well as biblical and theological studies. In fact, LBC | Capital’s MDiv program is organized into six distinct sections that provide in-depth skill development along with learning and knowledge: Biblical and Theological Foundations, Ministry Leadership Foundations, Biblical Skills, Ministry Skills, Concentrations and Electives.
LBC | Capital’s MDiv is also made for students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse ministry goals. While traditional MDiv programs focus exclusively on training pastors, LBC | Capital’s MDiv is designed for students looking for a strong foundation to serve Christ in the Church but also in nonprofits, community initiatives and the workplace.
LBC | Capital’s MDiv has several distinctions that set it apart from other programs.
1. Diversity Among Students
With strong representation of both male and female students, those from different nationalities, cultures and backgrounds, the program provides numerous opportunities to engage with a wide variety of perspectives and experiences.
2. Online and Hybrid Formats
Another great benefit of earning an MDiv at LBC | Capital is the choice of a blended or online format. In the blended format, students attend two-day in-person residencies either in Lancaster or Washington, D.C., about halfway through each eight-week course. Online students have opportunities for weekly, live synchronous check-ins and discussions with faculty and peers. Furthermore, students can switch from online to hybrid and back again from course to course. So if a student’s schedule dictates an online format for one course, but the hybrid option with the residency is desirable for the next course, flexibility exists to do so.
3. Incredible Concentration Options
With eight areas of concentration, students can essentially design their own program according to their passions and ministry goals. Within the 75-credit program, students may select an area of focused study, some of which have new courses within them. Just a few of these concentrations include Formational Leadership, Christian Care, Bible Exposition, Theology and Christian Apologetics.
Furthermore, up to nine credits within the program are available so students can even further customize their MDiv experience. With these credits, they may choose an internship with ministry or church, which may be especially beneficial for those making a complete career change. Or students may embark on an LBC | Capital TraveLearn trip to Israel, Turkey or Greece. Lastly, students may choose research-intensive courses with these nine credits, which will prepare them for doctoral study, such as a Doctor of Ministry or PhD.
In essence, 18 to 21 credits of the MDiv are uniquely the student’s, with the guidance of advisors and mentors who help them along their path.
4. Opportunities to Finish Faster with Advance Standing
Through Advanced Standing status, students who have history with LBC | Capital or have done the required coursework at the undergraduate level or within another master’s program will be able to finish their MDiv at LBC | Capital even faster. For example, students with Advanced Standing who take two courses per term—the fastest option possible—could finish in just over two years. Those with Advanced Standing who take one course per term will finish in a little less than three years. Students with Regular Standing who take two courses at a time can finish in about three and a half years, while Regular Standing students who take two courses at a time may be finished in about two and a half years.
5. Grounded in LBC | Capital’s Formative Values
LBC | Capital’s MDiv is also built upon the college’s mission to “educate Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ by serving Him in the Church and society.” More specifically, the MDiv focuses on the personal, spiritual development of as students cultivate the perspective of reflective practitioners in order to address both today’s and tomorrow’s issues of the Church.