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Introducing the 3+3 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Kansas Wesleyan University and Saint Paul School of Theology


"I attended Saint Paul School of Theology's opening convocation today as the seminary begins a new school year. Today, Matt Thompson, President at Kansas Wesleyan University, and Sharon Howell, President at Saint Paul School of Theology, signed an agreement that allows students to graduate with a B.A. from KWU and an M.Div. from Saint Paul in six years by having the final year of college overlap with the first year of seminary. This is a huge opportunity for high school students who feel called to ordained ministry."  

-- Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of Church of the Resurrection (Leawood, KS), the largest United Methodist congregation in the United States (Aug. 25, 2015)


On Aug. 25, 2015, Kansas Wesleyan University President and CEO Matt Thompson, Ph.D., and Rev. H. Sharon Howell, president of Saint Paul School of Theology, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a 3+3 theological studies undergraduate-graduate program. The agreement is thought to be the first of its kind to be established between a United Methodist-based university and a United Methodist seminary.

Under this arrangement, Kansas Wesleyan students would condense the four-year degree requirements for the Christian Ministry major into the first three years, followed by the completion of the three-year Master of Divinity degree at Saint Paul School of Theology. The first year of the M.Div. courses at Saint Paul would count as electives to complete the bachelor's degree at KWU. Following the successful completion of that year, the students may participate in spring Kansas Wesleyan Commencement. They would then continue on for the final two years at Saint Paul to complete their master's degree. This MOU allows students to prepare for ordination and entry into the ministry in six years instead of the usual seven, while earning them both B.A. and M.Div. degrees.

GBHEM General Secretary the Rev. Dr. Kim Cape, addressed the issue of increasing student accessibility to theological education during the agency’s board meeting. From Cape’s perspective, the institutions’ new alliance is about opportunity.

“The KWU/Saint Paul collaboration helps to clear the path for students currently pursuing theological education. It also makes seminary a more viable option for people who are considering theology, but are dissuaded by financial concerns. That means a greater opportunity for those called to ministry to answer that call and pursue it wholeheartedly. Saint Paul and Kansas Wesleyan University are to be congratulated on taking this significant step forward to benefit our students.”

To learn more about the 3+3 program, contact Dr. Philip Meckley, professor and chair of the Department of Religion & Philosophy, at 785-833-4364.

Details about the 3+3 agreement

Article by the UMC General Board of Higher Education and MInistry (GBHEM)

Saint Paul School of Theology

Master of Divinity Degree from Saint Paul School of Theology

Christian Ministry

Earn an Exciting Degree and Follow Your Call. 

In our restless world, it is more important than ever for persons of faith to step into positions of leadership. 

The Church is looking for those who can take their call and turn it into a journey of faith. At Kansas Wesleyan University, you will prepare for a ministry career in an environment intentionally designed to promote the interaction of faith and learning. You will be challenged, stretched and inspired in a contex that supports your calling. 

This distinctive major combines coursework in four core areas that are designed to prepare well-rounded leaders for the challenges that the Church faces today:

  • Bible
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Ministry
  • Educational and Social Sciences

Our close partnerships with area congregations and other local agencies provide every student with the opportunity to put their faith into action in real world settings through field placement and meaningful local and regional internships. 




Major Requirements

  • Ethics
  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • Jesus and His Teachings
  • One of these two courses:         
    > Prophets
    > Paul and His Teachings
  • Christian Faith
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Introduction to Service-Learning
  • Practice of Ministry
  • Internship
  • Senior Seminar


  • Developmental Psychology
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Foundations of American Education
  • Spiritual Care and Disaster Settings
  • Leadership and Personal Development
  • Fundatmentals of Acocunting and Finance
  • Prinicples of Management
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Psychology of Religion

For more information about the Christian Ministry major at Kansas Wesleyan University, please call (785) 833-4364 or email