Field education is central to Duke Divinity School’s M.Div. program. Through contextual learning in churches and organizations across the country and world, students practice the skills of ministry, discern God’s call on their life and vocation, and reflect theologically with an experienced supervisor.

General Guidelines

Two units of field education are required for graduation in the M.Div. degree program. Four placement opportunities are available: during the second and third academic years (part-time for 13-15 hours per week for 30 weeks for a total of 400 hours) and the intervening two summers (full-time for 10 weeks for a total of 400 hours). A total of three funded placements through the Office of Field Education are allowed during the M.Div. program.

Students may self-initiate placements under the guidelines of the Office of Field Education or seek a placement coordinated by the Office of Field Education.

Placement Opportunities

Students are carefully placed in a wide variety of field education settings. Placement opportunities include:

  • Rural United Methodist Church placements throughout North Carolina
  • Nonprofit ministry settings that include, but are not limited to, camping ministries, prison ministries, community organizing, urban ministries, advocacy work, housing and homelessness, children’s homes, creation care/ecology placements, end-of-life care, and campus ministry settings
  • International opportunities in countries such as Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, El Salvador and Mexico
  • Partner churches across the country that engage students in areas such as racial reconciliation, church planting, leadership development, community engagement and more
  • Local church settings in Baptist, Anglican/Episcopal, Presbyterian, Mennonite, and other denominational traditions
  • Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Student Pastorates - Students can meet some or all of their field education requirements if they are appointed as a pastor of a local church during their M.Div. education. These appointments are arranged by the appropriate denominational official or body, but students must register with the Office of Field Education and meet all of its requirements for graduation

For complete information on field education, internships, student pastorates, and clinical pastoral education see the Divinity Bulletin or the Policies and Procedures Manual (pdf).