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Divinity School - MDiv

Division: Divinity School
Degree Type: MDiv

Program Description

The Divinity School offers programs of study leading to the degrees of Master of Arts (A.M.), Master of Arts in Religious Studies (A.M.R.S.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and Master of Divinity (M.Div.).

The M.Div. program is an intensive cohort-based three-year course of study that prepares students for public religious leadership both in traditional ministerial professions and in new and emerging forms of ministry.


Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: January 15

Campus Visits

The Department does not require interviews for applicants, but you are welcome to visit campus, sit in on classes, and meet with current students and faculty. You are welcome to contact faculty with questions. To arrange a campus visit, contact the Office of the Dean of Students.

Degree Objective

The Divinity School offers a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree. It offers several types of degrees in various fields within the study of religion.

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application Form and Supplemental Form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. References: 4 letters of reference should be included with your application.
  4. Graduate Record Examinations and TOEFL Scores: Graduate Record Exam scores (general test only) are required of all applicants, including those with previous MAs. For information on additional examinations required of some international applicants, see the Test Requirements page on the Divisional website. The University GRE code is1832.
  5. Statement of Academic Purpose: All applicants must submit an essay reflecting intellectual influences and professional goals.
  6. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions should be submitted with your application.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are released in early March. No decisions will be given by phone or email.

Program Requirements

  1. 3 years of scholastic residence.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 28 courses.
  3. Participation in the weekly integration seminar for first-year students, Introduction to Ministry Studies (Colloquium) (CHRM 30500).
  4. Demonstration of competence in either New Testament Greek or Biblical Hebrew by either course work or examination.
  5. Successful completion of field education and fieldwork. A year of Field Education in the Teaching Parish program is required during the student's second year, including successful completion of the weekly practicum class Reflection on the Practice of Ministry (Practicum). A subsequent unit of approved and supervised fieldwork is also required.
  6. Completion in the third year of an acceptable MDiv Senior Ministry Project, consisting of two parts:
    • A 30-page thesis in practical theology for the public church.
    • The oral presentation of the project in an appropriate public forum that includes ministry students and members of the Committee on Ministry Studies.

MDiv students may take up to four courses in the neighboring theological schools, ordinarily for purposes of meeting ordination requirements. Each course must be approved in advance by the Director of Ministry Studies and the Dean of Students in the Divinity School. In special circumstances, with the approval of the Director and the Committee on Ministry Studies, students may take up to two additional courses in these schools.

All MDiv students are expected to maintain a grade average of at least "B-." A student whose grade average falls below "B-" may be placed on academic probation or asked by the Committee on Ministry Studies to terminate his or her program of study

Costs & Financial Aid

Quarterly Tuition Fee: $8,996

MDiv students are eligible for financial aid for three years of Scholastic Residence and up to one year of Advanced Residence.

The Divinity School recognizes that most candidates for ministry cannot anticipate a career that includes substantial financial remuneration, and it makes every effort to relieve a significant part of the financial burden involved in preparation for ministry. MDiv students qualify for various forms of Divinity School financial assistance. These include:

  1. Entering Fellowships in Ministry Studies.
  2. Tuition scholarships which pay from half to full tuition. These awards are based on academic merit; they are also renewable.
  3. Field education stipends of $2,000 per quarter to all second-year MDiv students participating in the Arts of Ministry sequence while serving a local congregation.
  4. Fieldwork stipends of $1,500 to support the completion of the fieldwork placement. When such placement requires a registration fee (e.g., for Clinical Pastoral Education), the Divinity School subsidizes such a charge up to $500.
  5. The International Ministry Study Grant program provides funding for first- and second-year Master of Divinity students enrolled at the Divinity School to study an issue or aspect of ministerial practice in another cultural context. Applications are due December 1 for travel to be completed during the following summer. More program information »

Direct all questions about the program to Cynthia Lindner, Director of Ministry Studies.

More information on aid for ministry students »

Divinity School financial aid awards, which are based on academic promise, consist of partial- and full-tuition scholarships and a small number of fellowships that cover the student's full tuition and provide a stipend toward living expenses. These awards are direct grants that require no service to the University in exchange.

The Committee on Admissions and Aid seeks to provide continuing support at a level consistent with the student's academic performance and financial aid eligibility. The Committee makes awards on the basis of a full-time academic program, unless otherwise specified in the financial aid application.