Duke Divinity School is known for rigorous academic training. But we never view academic study as an intellectual exercise for its own sake. Our seven degree programs help you answer God's call—wherever that call takes you. In addition, three joint degree programs are available to students through partnerships with Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke Law School, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work.
The Academic Environment
Lectures, workshops, and discussions with renowned leaders in Christian theology, ministry, and other subjects expand and inform the academic environment at Duke Divinity School. You’ll also find the support you need for success—from our extensive libraries and the Center for Theological Writing to all the student services that a major university can offer.
The Divinity School Library
The Divinity School Library boasts a collection of more than 400,000 volumes in the fields of religion and related disciplines and affords a wealth of material for the seminary student. An integral part of the university’s library system, which possesses more than 6,200,000 volumes, the Divinity School Library also subscribes to over 700 religious periodicals, offers study facilities for students in its reading rooms, and houses a reference collection in religion.
The Center for Writing and Academic Support
The Center for Writing and Academic Support aims to help students in the Divinity School strengthen theological interpretation, teaching, preaching, and communication. Through tutoring services and workshops, the center fosters creativity, imagination, and innovation in writing.
Customize Your Degree with a Certificate
Duke Divinity School offers numerous certificates that help students customize degrees to fit their interests. Students can receive specific training in a particular denomination, such as the Certificate in Anglican Studies or the Certificate in Baptist Studies. Other certificates provider a deeper focus on other issues, such as the Certificate in Black Church Studies; the Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, Theology and Ministry; the Certificate in Prison Studies; and the Certificate in Theology and the Arts.
International study gives students opportunities to experience the life of the church in an increasingly interconnected world. Duke Divinity School has several student exchange programs with prestigious universities in Hong Kong, England, Germany, and the Netherlands. In addition, professors and staff have led study trips to locations including Turkey, South Sudan, Mexico, and Haiti.
Our degree programs encompass intellectual study and pastoral practice to develop future clergy, scholars, administrators, and lay leaders.
Our certificates encourage and allow students to focus their coursework on a particular area of ministry or study.
- Certificate in Anglican Studies
- Certificate in Baptist Studies
- Certificate in Black Church Studies
- Certificate in Christian Education
- Certificate in Faith, Food, and Environmental Justice
- Certificate in Faith-based Organizing, Advocacy, and Social Transformation
- Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, Theology, and Ministry
- Certificate in Latinx Studies
Through a variety of programs and initiatives, the Divinity School encourages students to explore the world as part of their education and formation.
The Center for Writing and Academic Support offers tutoring services and organizes events to promote the role of writing within the church and the academy.