Partnership Between Seminaries Expands Options for M.Div Students

Jul 19

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University Senate of the United Methodist Church Approves Partnership Between Wesley Theological Seminary, Pfeiffer University and Union Presbyterian Seminary to Expand Seminary Options for Master of Divinity Candidates

In March 2012, the University Senate of the United Methodist Church announced a partnership between Pfeiffer University, Wesley Theological Seminary and Union Presbyterian Seminary that will make it possible for United Methodist (UM) students to complete their Master of Divinity degrees with Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Previously, students interested in pursuing an MDiv degree beyond deacon ordination were required to enroll in one of 13 United Methodist seminaries nationwide that offer full-time programs, or to one of the limited number of UM-approved programs offered by other denominations. The partnership with Union Presbyterian Seminary will allow United Methodist students who have completed required courses at Pfeiffer through Wesley to earn their MDiv degree at Union Presbyterian Seminary.

“This collaborative effort is a welcome expression of Christian unity in the midst of a divided culture in the church and the world,” said Dr. Thomas W. Currie, dean of Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Charlotte campus. “Such an imaginative and creative response to the needs of the church will benefit both United Methodist students and others in providing theological training that is accessible, focused and challenging.”

“Wesley is delighted that its rich and productive relationship with Pfeiffer now includes Union Presbyterian Seminary,” said Bruce C. Birch, dean emeritus and professor emeritus, Wesley Theological Seminary. “These high-quality partners provide an especially attractive new option to United Methodists in the Charlotte area.”

For more information, contact Wesley Theological Seminary admissions at

For application materials or questions contact Union Presbyterian Seminary at


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