Updates/Announcements as of 7.6.2021 (See START HERE docs)

Registration information for newly admitted students

Details for upcoming semesters will be available at the time of pre-registration in the middle of the semester, and more distant plans may be ascertained by consulting the divisional representative or the instructors concerned.

Registration and Course Schedule, including Limited Electives and Daily Calendar

The above link to Duke Box includes the following:

  • Start Here document - includes term information and updates. Start here when beginning the registration process.
  • Schedule of Classes document (aka Course of Instruction) - this remains in the Box until the term link of courses is published - see right navigation on this page.
  • Course Descriptions for new courses or courses not taught in a while
  • Daily Calendar (when completed)
  • Limited Elective/Certificate Course Listings (Spring 2008 to present) - this document will help you confirm what classes are able to fulfill limited electives in the M.Div. paradigm.

Consult the Divinity Bulletin for information about courses offered through Duke Divinity School.

Course Overload Request

By permission from the Associate Dean for Academic Formation, students enrolled in the MDiv 3-year program, hybrid MDiv, MTS program, MA program, and C-THC are eligible to enroll in course overloads.

Factors taken into account when reviewing course overload requests for all students:

  • Year in school: First-semester students are not able to take an overload. Second semester students cannot be granted an overload until their grades are recorded from the first semester.
  • Grade point average: Students generally must have a GPA over a 3.0, although extenuating circumstances will be considered.
  • Transcript: A student with any incompletes from the previous semester will not be allowed pursue a course overload.
  • A student's plans to manage the extra work: What are your commitments outside of the Divinity School (church, family, work, volunteering, etc.) and how will you manage the additional work?
  • Students are always welcome to audit courses. Students should complete the Audit form.
  • All overload requests are reviewed after all students are given ample time to register for the courses on their paradigm.
    • Requests for overloads for Spring: reviewed in December
    • Requests for overloads for Fall: reviewed in May
      • Fall 2021 overload requests will be reviewed August 9 week
Program Number of overloads eligibe for Definition of an overload Additional notes
Residential MDiv 3 Enrolling in more than 4 courses/term or taking an approved Summer course following a school year where the student has paid flat rate tution each term Students enrolled in MDiv can take up to 2 Summer hybrid courses over the whole of their program. If a student requests and receives transfer credit, the student may not be eligible for the overload option.
Hybrid MDiv 3 Enrolling in more than 3 courses/term If a student requests and receives transfer credit, the student may not be eligible for the overload option.
MTS 2 Enrolling in more than 4 courses/term or taking an approved Summer course following a school year where the student has paid flat rate tution each term If a student requests and receives transfer credit, the student may not be eligible for the overload option.
MA 2 Enrolling in more than 3 classes in a term If a student requests and receives transfer credit, the student may not be eligible for the overload option.
Non-degree Certificate in Theology and Health Care (C-THC)   Enrolling in a fifth class in second term of the certificate.  

Course overload request survey -please read all the information above before accessing the survey.

A note about CPE for academic credit: If a student is planning on enrolling in CPE for Duke Divinity academic credit, please note that CPE ordinarily accounts for two Duke Divinity classes. If you completed CPE in the summer then a student should enroll in one unit of CPE for academic credit in the Fall semester and one unit of CPE for academic credit in spring semester. If you have general questions about CPE please contact Field Education. If you have questions about how to enroll in CPE for Duke Divinity academic credit, please contact the Academic Programs Office once you have turned in evaluations to the Field Education office. 

Advanced Placement

Students who have previous course work at the undergraduate or graduate level can request to take an upper-level course in the same area as the core course. The upper-level course must be taken on a graded basis. To request advanced placement, students should submit the advanced placement form on the Forms & Paradigms page.