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Duke Divinity School's approach to theological education combines excellence in scholarship with a strong commitment to the church. Come be a part of all that God is doing in and through us.

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Academics & Programs

Degree Programs

At Duke Divinity School, we're committed to the historic Christian faith and Christian church. While our programs are known for their academic rigor and breadth of experience, it's all in the service of ministry, whatever form that might take.

Which program is right for me?

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

Distinguished Faculty

At Duke Divinity School, you'll study with one of the world's strongest divinity school faculties. Drawn from all over the globe and a broad spectrum of Christian traditions, these men and women share a commitment to teaching and to the church and ministry.

Groundbreaking Initiatives

Engage questions of human flourishing and death in our Theology, Medicine, and Culture initiative. Join African leaders working for healing in the African Great Lakes Region with the Center for Reconciliation. Explore the role of arts in theology through Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. The Divinity School's initiatives and centers combine scholarship with service, and create interdisciplinary links with Duke's other professional schools and with the needs of society.

Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation Group in Duke GardensSpiritual Formation Program

The curriculum of Duke Divinity School seeks to cultivate a life of worship, study and service. Integral to this commitment is spiritual formation. First-year students pursuing a master of divinity or master of theological studies are assigned to small, intentionally diverse groups that gather weekly to pray, share concerns and explore practices of spiritual discipline.

Worship Life

Students, faculty and staff share leadership for an array of worship services that embrace the rich musical and artistic traditions of the church: services of preaching, Holy Communion, morning prayer, healing, reconciliation, testimony and revival. Scheduling worship at the center of the academic day encourages students, faculty, and staff to continue in fellowship over lunch.

Celebrate Fellowship

“Here at Duke Divinity School, we are committed to the very ancient idea that in order to be a person for others, you have to be with others,” says Willie J. Jennings, Ph.D.’93, assistant research professor of theology and black church studies.

“You have to be there in the classroom, in the hallway, at worship, and at meals. All that is fundamental to being a servant leader.” Learn more about student life »

Field Education

Whether you serve in a church, hospital, prison, campus ministry, homeless shelter or one of many other settings, contextual learning is an integral part of your Duke Divinity School preparation for ministry.

Two units of field education are required for the M.Div. degree. One will be in the context of a local church, but the other may be completed in an extension or specialized ministry.

Student Body

StudentsDuke Divinity School’s student body consists of about 550 students from 35 states and nine foreign countries. Approximately 50 percent of the student body is United Methodist, 13 percent is Baptist, and other students come from more than 30 different denominations in the Christian faith.

Our students range in age from the 20s to the 60s. Duke Divinity School has one of the youngest student bodies in the country, with a median age of 26. Currently, the student body is 55 percent male and 45 percent female. More than 24% of Duke Divinity School entering students represent minority ethnic or cultural groups.