Duke Divinity’s Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) program provides students with academically rigorous training, comparable to the demands of the Ph.D., focused on the ministries and practices of Christian communities. The program centers upon areas of study such as worship, preaching, evangelism, and the arts. At the same time, as an integral component of its mission, the Th.D. program seeks to reconfigure the way in which such practices are brought into creative interdisciplinary conversation with the established academic discourses of biblical studies, historical studies, and theology and ethics. Moreover, the interdisciplinary scope of the program extends to other areas of the university and addresses fresh areas of research such as the intersection of divinity and health care, or peacemaking and reconciliation.

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Admissions Requirements
  • Deadline of January 15: Apply now.
  • Hold or be a candidate for a master of divinity (M.Div.), master of theological studies (M.T.S.), or comparable master’s degrees from an ATS-accredited school prior to the intended date of enrollment
  • Transcripts from each college/university and seminary attended
  • One two-page essay
  • Academic writing sample of no more than 25 pages
  • Four letters of reference (3 academic/professional, 1 church)
  • Applicants should upload a resume or CV
  • $55 application fee (collected by credit card when the online application is submitted)
  • Valid GRE scores (not more than five years old by the Th.D. application deadline). For test score reporting purposes the Duke Educational Testing Service (ETS) code number is 5156.
  • Online applications must be submitted by midnight E.S.T. on the stated deadline date. All hard copy applications and all supporting documents (e.g., transcripts and any reference letters not submitted online), for both hard copy and online applications must be received in the admissions office by 5:00 p.m. on the stated deadline date. If the application deadline date falls on a weekend, all hard copy applications and all supporting documents for online and hard copy applications must be received in the admissions office by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday preceding the deadline date.

Duke Divinity School is committed to supporting scholars in the Doctor of Theology program.


Each admitted student is awarded the same financial package including tuition, fees, and stipend. Students typically work as either research assistants or preceptors while completing their Th.D. Completing a FAFSA allows the Financial Aid Office to determine loan eligibility for students if needed.

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Opportunities for Mentorship

“Duke professors relish the chance to offer interactions where there are elements of teaching, mentorship, and collegiality. I’ve talked about my work with Richard Heitzenrater and Randy Maddox for hours. I spent a summer reading John Howard Yoder texts with two other students and Stanley Hauerwas, sitting around a coffee table in Dr. Haurwas’ office. I took a seminar with Warren Smith on Alexandrian theology that culminated in a two-week trip to Egypt—led by Dr. Smith. Those kinds of experiences will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

—Andrew Thompson, Th.D. '13