Whether you're interested in a full-time post-graduate program, or a program that allows you to pursue a degree while you remain in your ministry full-time, Duke Divinity School offers a program to fit your needs.

Which program is right for me?

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

International Applicants

In a faithful effort to ensure that theological training is appropriate for the context in which one intends to minister, Duke Divinity school values the principle that the first professional theological degree should be completed in one's own home country or region. However, the school encourages all fully qualified international students to apply for admission to its degree programs. Learn more about  Visa requirements.

International Financial Support Requirements

A statement demonstrating financial arrangements for the proposed term at the Divinity School must be submitted. Please complete the International Financial Certificate Worksheet as part of the application process.

Estimated minimum expenses per academic year for a single international student are $39,957 based on M.Div. tuition. Figures are based on 2013-14 projections and are subject to change.

Living costs for additional family members should be figured on the basis of a minimum $400 per month for a spouse and $260 per month per child.

The Duke Medical Insurance Plan is required for the student, spouse and other dependents and will incur an additional cost.

Transfer Credits

Transfer of credit to the Duke Divinity School, leading to candidacy for the degree of Master of Divinity will normally be limited to four courses. For the M.T.S. program, two courses may be considered for transfer. For the M.A.C.S. and M.A.C.P. programs, courses are not normally eligible for transfer.

Courses in which the student received a grade lower than B- will not be considered for transfer credit. Courses completed more than five years prior to the intended date of enrollment will not be considered for transfer credit. Credits cannot be transferred until after a student matriculates in the degree program at the Divinity School. Applicants for transfer into a degree program are evaluated on the same basis as other applicants.

A student applying for a transfer from another seminary must include the following with the required application materials:

  • a statement of explanation and purpose for the proposed transfer
  • a letter of honorable dismissal written by the academic dean or registrar of the seminary from which transfer is sought
  • a letter of recommendation written by the director of either field education or student life of the seminary from which transfer is sought
  • on a separate sheet, a list designating all courses taken via the Internet, distance learning centers, extension centers, or other electronic media associated with the home seminary.
Non-Degree Students

Special student status is a restricted category of admission for people who do not have need of a degree program and who desire access to the rich offerings of the Divinity School curriculum for particular purposes. Courses are taken for credit. Special student status may be granted after a person has submitted an application and all transcripts of undergraduate academic work, and when all three letters of recommendation have been received from listed references.

Admission as a special student is for one year only. A student desiring to continue as a special student beyond the one-year limit must re-apply. If a student is United Methodist and pursuing deacon's orders as a special student, he or she must obtain approval from the admissions office to extend studies beyond the one-year limit. Admission as a special student is distinct from admission to a degree program. There is no obligation on the part of the Duke Divinity School to offer admission to any of its degree programs to people who have been previously accepted as special students. Special students are ineligible for any form of financial assistance through the Divinity School.

Special Student (non-degree) applications are due by December 1 for spring term enrollment, May 1 for summer term enrollment, and July 1 for fall term enrollment.


People seeking readmission to the Divinity School’s degree programs must complete the following requirements:

  1. Submit a new application.
  2. Submit an additional statement detailing reasons for withdrawal and reasons for seeking readmission at this time, and describing activities and employment undertaken since withdrawal.
  3. Submit the names of at least three people willing to serve as references who will be contacted by the student, one of which must be an ecclesiastical official.
  4. Provide transcripts of all academic work undertaken since withdrawal from the Divinity School.

These new materials, supplemented by the individual's original application and Divinity School academic and field education files, will be reviewed by members of the admissions committee for an admission decision. An interview with the director of admissions prior to the processing of the application for readmission is encouraged and may be required. Any questions about readmission procedures should be addressed to the director of admissions. Applications for readmission will be evaluated on the basis of academic attainment, future promise for the ministry, and vocational clarity and commitment