Whether you are interested in a full-time, residential graduate program, or one that allows you to pursue a degree while you remain in ministry full-time, Duke Divinity School offers a program to fit your goals.

Duke Divinity School Degree Typical Length of Program Degree(s) Prerequisite Vocational Aspiration Type of Program
Post- Baccalaureate Professional Degrees
 M.Div. 3 years, including internships Regionally accredited Bachelor's degree Ordained ministry, lay ministry, nonprofit leadership, teaching, or further academic study Traditional residential with internship requirements
 M.A.C.P. 2 years Regionally accredited Bachelor's degree Lay ministry, professional service as a lay vocation, or diaconal ministry in some traditions with the ability to remain employed full-time

Hybrid: short on-campus residential intensive weeks paired with synchronous and asynchronous web-based learning.

Academic Degrees
 M.T.S. 2 years, including writing period Regionally accredited Bachelor's degree Further academic study, diaconal ministry, lay ministry, teaching, research, or personal enrichment Traditional residential with thesis requirements
 Th.M. 1 year, including examinations or writing period Regionally accredited Bachelor's degree; ATS accredited M.Div. or equivalent Further academic study, professional study sabbatical, additional education for military chaplains, and enhancement of skills/training for ministry Traditional residential with either thesis or comprehensive examination requirements
Doctoral Programs
 Th.D. 4-6 years, including examinations and research/writing period Regionally accredited Bachelor's degree; ATS accredited M.Div., M.T.S., or comparable degree Academically rigorous training to prepare for teaching and research at the undergraduate or graduate level Traditional residential with preliminary examinations and dissertation requirements
 D.Min. 2 years plus research/writing period Regionally accredited Bachelor's degree; ATS accredited M.Div. or equivalent Practical education for pastors and other Christian leaders with the ability to remain employed full-time  Hybrid: short on-campus intensive weeks paired with synchronous and asynchronous web-based learning and research project requirements
Established Dual-Degree Programs
 M.Div./M.S.W. 4 years, including internships Must meet requirements for each program (see M.Div. requirements above) Leadership and service in social agencies of churches and communities, or ordained ministry complemented by strong clinical skills Traditional residential program: 2.5 years at Duke Divinity School and 1.5 years at UNC-Chapel Hill, both with internship requirements
 M.T.S./J.D. 4 years Must meet requirements for each program (see M.T.S. requirements above) Further academic study with research interests at the intersection of law and theology (e.g. ethics), or law practice with a strong theological foundation Traditional residential program: 1.5 years at Duke Divinity School and 2.5 years at Duke Law School
 M.Div./M.P.P. 4 years Must meet requirements for each program (see M.Div. requirements above) Leadership, service, and advocacy in nonprofit organizations, government, and in the wider community Traditional residential program: Duke Divinity School and Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy