Degree Programs Overview
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 Degrees|
|Residential M.Div.||3 years, including internships||Regionally accredited Bachelor's degree||Ordained ministry, lay ministry, nonprofit leadership, teaching, or further academic study||On-campus courses with local/regional internships available through the Office of Field Education|
|Hybrid M.Div.||4 years, including internships||Regionally accredited Bachelor's degree||Ordained ministry, lay ministry, nonprofit leadership, teaching, or further academic study||Blend of on-campus intensives & online coursework; internships arranged by students and approved by the Office of Field Education; ability to remain employed full-time while pursuing degree|
|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|
|M.A.||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.
|Advanced Degrees & Doctoral Programs|
|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|
|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|
|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|