Dual Degree MDiv/MA, Theological And Cultural Anthropology

Christian ministry involves cross-cultural interaction and understanding, whether at home or abroad. This innovative dual degree program combines Eastern University’s online MA in Theological and Cultural Anthropology (MATCA) with Palmer Seminary's Master of Divinity (MDiv) program (online or on-campus.) Together, these two degrees equip students with the ability to work effectively at the intersection of faith and culture.

Program Details
  • Location & Delivery: Fully online or partially on-campus in St. Davids, PA
  • Length: As little as 4 years for both programs
  • Start Terms: January and August


  • You must have a bachelor’s degree from an institutionally accredited and endorsed by CHEA institution with an overall grade-point average of 2.5 or better.
  • One class in the Introduction to Cultural Anthropology is required, with a grade of C or better. Candidates lacking the introductory course may take it online through Eastern University in the summer in advance of enrolling.

Financial Arrangements

  • Students are required to pay tuition to Palmer Seminary.
  • At least 4.5 credits must be taken per semester to qualify for financial aid.

General Academic Requirements

Ninety-six credit hours are needed to graduate. Seventy-five are to be taken in the Seminary’s M.Div. program (Adaptive Leadership Track) and twenty-one credit hours need to be taken in the MATCA in the program, for a total of 96 credits, instead of 111 which would be required if taking the programs separately.


  • Application Deadlines: One month before start of term
  • At least 4.5 credits must be taken per semester to qualify for financial aid.
  • For MATCA, The core classes for the program must be taken together in one academic year (2.5 classes per semester). Electives can be taken before, during or after the core.