The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program is a three-year degree that prepares students for a wide range of ministries in the church, academy, and world. Our distinguished faculty members teach a broad set of core course requirements that cover the classical disciplines of church history, Biblical studies, theology, and practical ministry, as well as elective opportunities that allow students to either complete ordination processes or to pursue the particular interests and passions to which God has called them.
There are paid field education internships built into the three-year model, allowing students to receive practical experience and training as a complement to work done in the classroom. Our spiritual formation component, required of each first year student, nourishes the life of discipleship and prayer.
For these reasons, the M.Div. leaves open many vocational doors, including pastoral ministry, non-profit leadership, further academic work, and teaching. An academically rigorous curriculum surrounded by vibrant worship, contextual learning, opportunities for spiritual formation, and the close-knit student community make Duke Divinity’s M.Div. one of the premier options for theological education and pastoral training the world over.
- Deadlines of November 1, January 10, and April 1. Preference for merit-based scholarships is given to those M.Div. students whose applications are complete by January 10. Apply now.
- Demonstrated commitment to some form of ordained or lay ministry
- Minimum GPA of 2.75 in a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to the intended date of enrollment
- Transcripts from each college/university attended
- Two one-page essays
- Five letters of reference (2 academic/professional, 2 church, 1 character)
- Applicants should upload a resume or CV
- $55 application fee (collected by credit card when the online application is submitted)
- There is no January enrollment for degree-seeking students. You are encouraged to apply early in the cycle as classes fill quickly.
- 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.
With careful planning, budgeting, and counseling from our Financial Aid office staff, students often find Duke to be more affordable than they initially assume. By taking advantage of the scholarships, grants, stipends, and outside aid available, many students are able to graduate debt-free.
M.Div. students are eligible for merit-based scholarship awards that range from 50%-100% of tuition. Scholarships are awarded based upon the combination of academic performance and promise for ministry. There is no separate application for scholarships, as the application for admission is used by the scholarship committee for selection of merit-based award recipients.
Students not receiving merit-based scholarships at either the 75% or 100% level are eligible for need-based grants (a tuition credit) of 33% the first year and 22% the second and third year. Most students will receive this grant money. In order to determine eligibility, students should fill out the FAFSA.
Field Education Stipends
Duke Divinity is unique in its ability to provide funding for up to three field education internships. The Office of Field Education interviews and places students in either full-time (during the summer) or part-time (during the academic year) placements and can provide up to $9,000 per placement. This funding is in addition to any scholarships, grants, or outside aid that a student would receive, and can result in as much as $27,000 in additional support throughout the course of the program.
A Prayerful Community
“This is such a prayerful community. That sounds strange to say about a divinity school, but I looked at other seminaries and kept asking, ’Yes, but where’s God?’ Here, classes begin with prayer. Meetings with professors and administrators often begin with prayer. At Duke Divinity, I feel my faith has been deepened by theological reflection, and at the same time this place is preparing me to be bolder in proclaiming my faith.”
—Ebony Grisom, M.Div. ’13