Duke Divinity School currently offers several certificates and concentrations that encourage and allow students to focus their coursework on a particular area of ministry or study. Some of the certificates enable students to receive more focused training in a particular denomination, such as the Certificate in Anglican Studies or the Certificate in Baptist Studies. Other certificates enable deeper engagement with certain social issues, such as the Certificate in Prison Studies and the Certificate in Gender, Theology and Ministry. The Concentration in Christian Education facilitates the opportunity for a student to demonstrate specialization in this field of ministry.

Certificates

Duke Divinity School offers the following certificates:

Note: Students interested in pursuing a certificate and/or concentration should complete and return the relevant tracking sheet to the Office of Academic Formation and Programs.

Certificate in Anglican Studies

The Certificate in Anglican Studies is designed to serve the academic and formational requirements of those preparing for Anglican/Episcopal ministry, lay and especially ordained.  Students in the M.Div. and M.T.S. programs interested in the Certificate in Anglican Studies should declare that interest to the Director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies and the Office of Academic Formation and Programs (108 Gray), so that they may be assigned an Anglican/Episcopal faculty advisor.
The requirements for the certificate are:

  • Completion of at least 3 courses in Anglican Studies
  • A minimum of two years of participation in the program of Anglican Spiritual Formation
  • Completion of at least one field education placement in an Episcopal/Anglican setting
  • Satisfactory fulfillment of the middler and senior reviews of the student portfolio with an Anglican/ Episcopal faculty advisor

Certificate in Anglican Studies Information Sheet (pdf)
Certificate in Anglican Studies Tracking Sheet
(pdf)

For more information, contact:
David Marshall
Associate Professor of the Practice of Christian-Muslim Relations; Director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies
(919) 660-3576

Certificate in Baptist Studies

The Certificate in Baptist Studies is designed to serve the academic and formational requirements of those preparing for ministry – ordained and lay – in the Baptist tradition. Students in the M.Div. program interested in the Certificate in Baptist Studies should declare that interest to the Director of the Baptist House of Studies and the Office of Academic Formation and Programs (108 Gray), so that they may be assigned a Baptist faculty advisor.

The requirements for the certificate are:

  • Completion of two courses in Baptist studies (“The Free Church” and “Free Church Theology”) and a third component that may include a third course (either a special topic course in Free Church Studies or another elective approved by the director of the Baptist House) or participation in a 2nd or 3rd year spiritual formation group on topics of Baptist identity and formation
  • Satisfactory fulfillment of the review of the student portfolio with a Baptist faculty member
  • It is also preferable that at least one field education placement be in a Baptist setting.

Certificate in Baptist Studies Tracking Sheet (pdf)

For more information, contact:
Curtis Freeman
Research Professor of Theology
Director, Baptist House of Studies
(919) 660-3401

Certificate in Gender, Theology, and Ministry

The certificate in Gender, Theology, and Ministry provides students the opportunity to conduct gender studies in the context of theological education and formation for ministry. This certificate can be earned within any of the degree programs. Students interested in the certificate in Gender, Theology, and Ministry should declare intent to the program director as well as the Office of Academic Formation and Programs (108 Gray). Declaration should be made no later than the spring semester of the first year of coursework.

The requirements for the certificate are:

  • Completion of three courses in gender studies: WS205, Debates in Women’s Studies (in Duke University’s Women’s Studies Department), or its equivalent; and two courses within the Divinity School or religion department with a clear focus on gender studies
  • Students must complete a service learning or research project in the area of gender, theology, and ministry. The project may be conducted in one of four ways:
    • within a course (but not within any of the three courses that fulfill the previous requirement)
    • within a directed study
    • as an independent community service project
    • within the context of a field education placement (N.B. The field education office is not responsible for facilitating or evaluating this project in any way).
  • During the spring semester of the senior year, students will participate in a monthly colloquy to discuss their service learning projects and/or to share the results of their research. Affiliated faculty members will be responsible for directing the colloquy.

About the Program
Certificate in Gender, Theology, and Ministry Project Guidelines (pdf)
Certificate in Gender, Theology, and Ministry Tracking Sheet (pdf)

For more information, contact:
Mary McClintock Fulkerson
Director, Program in Gender, Theology, and Ministry
Professor of Theology

Certificate in Prison Studies

The certificate in Prison Studies provides students with the opportunity to engage specifically with people in prison and the system that imprisons them in the context of theological education and formation for ministry (see Matt. 25:36). This certificate can normally be earned within the M.Div. degree program. Students interested in the Certificate in Prison Studies should declare intent to the program director as well as to the Office of Academic Formation and Programs (108 Gray) no later than the spring semester of the second year.

Normally, the five requirements for the certificate are:

  1. PARISH 809: “Restorative Justice: Prison Ministry and the Local Church”
  2. Participation in a Project TURN course taught on-site in a local prison. These classes are accredited by Duke Divinity School, primarily taught by Divinity School faculty, and can be found in the Divinity School course offerings.
  3. Completion of one further course addressing relevant questions of justice, atonement, race, gender, conflict, ministry, etc., and approved by the director (courses designated as "Prison Studies Electives"). An appropriate directed study approved by the certificate director may be substituted for this requirement  
  4. Completion of a suitable field education placement where you are placed either within a prison setting, a local church doing prison ministry, or a non-profit working with incarcerated persons.
  5. Participation in a designated prison-oriented spiritual formation group, or, on petition, completion of an approved research project.

Intent is declared by beginning a tracking sheet, below. This must be signed by the director of the certificate, currently Douglas Campbell.

Certificate in Prison Studies Tracking Sheet (pdf)

For more information contact:
Douglas Campbell
Associate Professor of New Testament and
Director of Prison Studies
dcampbell@div.duke.edu
(919) 660-3465

Certificate in Theology, Medicine, and Culture

The Certificate in Theology, Medicine, and Culture will prepare Duke Divinity students for robust theological and practical engagement with contemporary practices in medicine and healthcare. The certificate can be pursued by students in the M.Div., M.T.S., Th.M., M.A.C.S., or Th.D. degree programs. Students interested in the Certificate in Theology, Medicine, and Culture should declare intent to the program director as well as the Office of Academic Formation and Programs (108 Gray). Declaration should be made no later than the beginning of the fall semester of the final year of coursework.

The requirements for the certificate are:

  1. Completion of at least three courses which explore the intersections of theology, medicine, and culture.  One of these courses must be either XTIANETH 761 – The Healing Arts:  Suffering, Illness, and the Witness of the Church or XTIANETH 807 – Introduction to Medical Ethics/Theological Bioethics.  The other two courses must be listed by the Registrar as fulfilling the Certificate in Theology, Medicine, and Culture.  If approved by the program director, directed study courses may count toward this requirement.
  2. Participation in a program, elective, or professional service that offers practical ministry-related experience dealing with matters of medicine and/or health, either in a clinical setting or in a non-clinical setting that provides engagement with matters of public or community health.  Either a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or a relevant field education placement will satisfy this requirement.  Although participation in either CPE or field education is encouraged, students may substitute alternative practical experiences with the approval of the program director.  MACS, ThM, and ThD students who have served in an ordained capacity in healthcare settings or who have completed either CPE or a healthcare-related field placement in their prior study at an accredited theological school may petition for a waiver of this requirement.
  3. Completion of a research paper that directly engages the intersection of theology, medicine, and culture.  This paper may be done as part of a class, and will be presented publicly as part of monthly colloquy.  Students will also participate in the monthly colloquy throughout the year.
  4. Satisfactory fulfillment of the review of the student portfolio with the program director or a designated faculty member. 

Certificate in Theology, Medicine, and Culture Tracking Sheet (pdf)

For more information, contact:
Ray Barfield
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy
Director, Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative
rbarfield@div.duke.edu

Concentration in Christian Education

The Concentration in Christian Education benefits persons seeking to practice as church educators, teachers, college chaplains, youth workers, or health care workers. Since educational ministry is rightly understood as organic to the church’s ministries of outreach, worship, mission, and nurture, persons called to parish ministry will find the concentration equally beneficial in preparing them for congregational leadership. In addition, the Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Christian Education will satisfy ordination requirements for deacons and elders in the United Methodist Church and qualify them for “certification” in areas of Christian Education. Students in the M.Div. program interested in the Concentration in Christian Education should declare that interest to the Office of Academic Formation and Programs (108 Gray).

The requirements for the concentration are:

  • Completion of 5 Christian Education courses:
    • XTIANEDU 80: Introduction to the Education of Christians
    • XTIANEDU 179: Persons in Communities
    • XTIANEDU 175: Liturgy and Christian Formation
    • XTIANEDU 205: Bible Study Programs for the Local Church
    • one additional XTIANEDU elective
  • Completion of one field education placement that concentrates on Christian Education

Concentration in Christian Education Tracking Sheet (pdf)
M.Div. with Concentration in Christian Education (pdf)

For more information, contact:
Fred Edie
Associate Professor of the Practice of Christian Education
Director, Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation
(919) 660-3540

Susan Eastman
Associate Professor of the Practice of Bible and Christian Formation
(919) 660-3534