Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity

The M. Christopher White School of Divinity is currently in a time of self-study in preparation for a visit by an evaluating committee of the Association of Theological Schools, our primary accrediting body. The official visit will occur from November 10-13, 2014.  We encourage our constituents of the School of Divinity to offer any comments relative to the School’s qualifications for accreditation.  All comments may be sent to All comments received will be forwarded to the visiting committee during their visit.


The Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity offers two degree programs, the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry.


The Master of Divinity, as the basic professional degree, offers concentrations in six areas:

Biblical Studies

Christian Education and Formation

Intercultural Studies


Pastoral Care and Counseling

Pastoral Studies


The Master of Divinity is also offered in five dual-degree combinations:

Master of Divinity/ Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling (MDiv/MA)

Master of Divinity/ Master of Arts in Religion (MDiv/MA)

Master of Divinity/ Master of Business Administration (MDiv/MBA)

Master of Divinity/ Master of Arts in English (MDiv/MA)

Master of Divinity/ Master of Arts in English Education (MDiv/MA)


The Master of Divinity program requires the student to engage in the study of ministry both in theory and in practice.

The Doctor of Ministry in Christian Ministries degree is an advanced professional degree designed to equip persons who are committed to Christian ministry. The D. Min. also offers a concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling. Intensely theological and deeply practical, this program seeks to foster meaningful ministerial learning set in both the context of the academy and the candidate's ministry setting. Both by academic design and supervision elements, the degree program intends to reflect the interactive, laity-involved, team-oriented nature of ministry required to address the needs of the 21st century church.


The School of Divinity is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Evidence that School of Divinity students are prepared for "service to the church" and that they have developed "the skills necessary for effective ministry" (see "Master of Divinity, Program Description," paragraphs 1 and 2, below) is the ministerial placement rate of our graduates. Over the past five years 167 students have graduated with 143 of them seeking a ministry position. Of these 143 seeking a ministry position, 136 (95%) are serving in a ministerial setting.



Selvia Brown, Administrative Assistant

Phone: (704) 406-4400