Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary serves the church as a learning community with an Anabaptist vision, educating followers of Jesus Christ to be leaders for God’s mission in the world. (Mission Statement)
AMBS offers an 80-credit-hour Master of Divinity degree in two formats, MDiv Campus and MDiv Connect. The MDiv Campus offers "rigorous study, spiritual disciplines and day-to-day mentoring form the core of ministry preparation in this redesigned program. Students learn and live in a vibrant seminary community, in a diverse city with opportunities for challenge and growth, and in a beautiful campus setting." MDiv Campus majors include Pastoral Ministry; Chaplaincy; Christian Faith Formation; Theological Studies: Bible; Theological Studies: History, Theology and Ethics; and Theological Studies: Peace Studies. The MDiv Connect "is a distance program that combines online and hybrid courses. With this program of study, the best of what AMBS offers comes to you, wherever you are." MDiv Connect majors include Pastoral Ministry, Chaplaincy and Christian Faith Formation. In addition to the MDiv Campus and MDiv Connect, AMBS has a partnership with Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary to offer the United Methodist Master of Divinity.
AMBS offers two 60-credit-hour Master of Arts programs, the MA in Christian Formation (MACF) and the MA: Theology and Peace Studies (MATPS). The MACF is "a professional degree, educating and equipping students to lead formation ministries of the church. AMBS provides a context, a process and tools for students to study and engage the ministries of personal and congregational formation." The MATPS "prepares students interested in careers and scholarship at the intersection of theology and transformative peacebuilding. Students combine academic study with sustained engagement in the field. Through this integrated approach, students develop interdisciplinary knowledge that draws insights from theological, biblical and historical studies into conversation with social sciences and peacebuilding practice." MA students complete their programs in residence on the AMBS campus.
In addition to regular degree programs, AMBS offers the 27-credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies, including themed certificates in Christian Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Theology for Financial Professionals. The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies can be completed online or on campus.
The AMBS Church Leadership Center offers non-credit courses and workshops in theological reflection, ministry practices and spiritual leadership. The library’s resources are available to many participants in Church Leadership Center programs, including short courses, the Journey missional leadership development program, and more.
To support the variety of programs offered by AMBS, the AMBS Library provides library resources and services to students who live on campus, to those who drive in for classes, and to those who usually study at a distance. Faculty teaching and research and student learning require both highly discipline-specific resources in core areas (biblical studies, theology, and ministry) and interdisciplinary resources in a variety of areas (history, social sciences, philosophy, linguistics, etc.).
(Description updated April 2018)
The AMBS Library promotes the use of information resources to advance the AMBS mission of serving the church and educating leaders for God’s mission in the world.
As a center of scholarship, reflection and lifelong learning, the Library provides professional services, relevant collections, and a hospitable study environment for AMBS students, faculty, staff, and church leaders.
(Adopted March 2010)
(Link descriptions updated April 2018)