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


Degree Programs

Dual-Degree Programs

Students who desire to pursue a Ph.D. in religion are advised to apply to the dean of the Duke Graduate Program in Religion.

Certificates & Concentrations

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.
    Houses of Study

    Houses of Study DirectorsWith 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:

    Study Abroad

    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.