The Baptist House of Studies prepares students for Baptist ministry through theological education and participation in a supportive community as they are being formed for Christian ministry at the Divinity School.


"Baptist House has a substantial, robust network of support for students: from friends and relationships to scholarships and travel assistance, speakers and lectures to invested faculty and staff. Baptist House is a great resource and home for students at Duke Divinity."

Baptist faculty and staff serve as advisers and mentors for more than 100 students from various Baptist denominations, affiliations, and affinities. The house assists the diverse group of students with needs including financial aid, field education, ministry placement, spiritual formation, and alumni networking.

The Baptist women and men at Duke Divinity School represent a diversity of ethnicity, race, age, and Baptist denominations. For these students, Baptist House is a theological and spiritual home, anchoring them in their Baptist identity and connecting them with one another and the larger Baptist world. They meet together in community throughout the year for fellowship and for other events.

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Certificate in Baptist Studies


The Certificate in Baptist Studies is designed to serve the academic and formational requirements of residential M.Div. students preparing for ministry—ordained and lay—in the Baptist tradition. 


Scholarships and Fellowships

Each year the Baptist House scholarship committee awards a range of funds from both endowed and non-endowed sources. There may be additional requirements and criteria specific to each particular scholarship. 


Field Education

Field Education provides an opportunity for students to discern their vocational identity through contextual learning. Two units of field education are required for graduation in the Master of Divinity degree program. All M.Div. students may initiate placements themselves under the guidelines of the Office of Field Education. Residential M.Div. students may seek placement by The Office of Field Education. Students pursuing the Certificate in Baptist Studies are encouraged to seek one of their two placements in a Baptist context.

Church Connections

Maintaining a vital connection with the church enables the Baptist House to flourish and grow. The primary relationships of the Baptist House are with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (North Carolina and national) and the Baptist World Alliance. The Baptist House also relates to and partners with other Baptist groups in the United States and throughout the world. Its board of directors, faculty, and students represent memberships in a range of organizations including:

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Graduates & Ministry Placements


Duke Divinity School is committed to preparing men and women whom God has called for transforming ministry in the church. Information is available upon request about current students or alumni who are seeking ministry positions, with some resumes available.