Duke Divinity School is known for its academic rigor, strength of faculty, and commitment to higher learning for the church and the academy. The degree programs encompass intellectual study and pastoral practice to develop future clergy, scholars, administrators, and lay leaders.
Academic Formation and Programs
- Master of Divinity (M.Div.) — ordinarily of three academic years
- Master of Arts in Christian Practice (M.A.C.P.) — ordinarily of two academic years
- Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) — ordinarily of two academic years
- Master of Arts in Christian Studies (M.A.C.S.) — ordinarily of one academic year
- Master of Theology (Th.M.) — a one-year program beyond the basic degree
- Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) — two academic years of coursework followed by a period of research and writing, ordinarily of one to two additional years
- Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) — ordinarily a four- to five-year program
- Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work (M.Div./M.S.W.) with the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work
- Master of Theological Studies/Juris Doctor (M.T.S./JD) with the Duke School of Law
Duke Divinity School offers the following certificates and concentrations:
- Certificate in Anglican Studies
The Certificate in Anglican Studies is designed to serve the academic and formational requirements of those preparing for ministry—lay and especially ordained—in the Episcopal Church and other member churches of the Anglican Communion.
- 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.
- Certificate in Gender, Theology, and Ministry
The certificate in Gender, Theology, and Ministry (GTM) is designed to offer opportunities to women and men to study gender in the life of the church, in the Christian tradition, and in contemporary culture.
- 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 the ministry (see Matt. 25:36).
- 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.
- 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.
With dozens of Christian denominations and communities of faith represented among students, staff and faculty members, the Divinity School enjoys rich ecumenical conversation and daily worship opportunities encouraged by the:
Duke Divinity School seeks to engage the life of the church in an increasingly interconnected world. Through its study abroad programs and international Field Education placements, the Divinity School encourages students to explore the wider world as part of their education and formation.
In addition to providing students with opportunities for learning and service around the world, the Divinity School encourages faculty to develop cross-cultural research programs that in turn inform course development and teaching.