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.

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Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • 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 

Application Requirements


  • Deadlines for M.Div. program application:
    • November 1, 2014 (Early deadline)
    • January 10, 2015 (Merit Scholarship Priority & International Applicant Deadline)
    • May 15, 2015
  • 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 applications and supporting documents (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 applications and supporting documents 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.

Tuition Grants

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.

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