Located in the heart of both Duke University and the diverse city of Durham, N.C., Duke Divinity School is an ecumenical and confessional Christian theological school, equipping students to serve the church and lead thriving communities in service and witness to the Triune God. Students across all seven programs participate in rigorous interdisciplinary scholarship opportunities within a robust community, at the spiritual center of a great university. Our programs include: Master of Divinity (residential and hybrid), Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Christian Practice, Master of Theology, Doctor of Theology, and Doctor of Ministry along with several dual-degree options with Duke Law, the Nicholas School of the Environment, Sanford School of Public Policy, or UNC’s School of Social Work, and a certificate in Theology and Health Care.
Alongside academic advising available from United Methodist faculty, United Methodist Students may choose to affiliate with our Methodist House of Studies as they prepare for service and ordination/exams in the communities where they will serve, and with any of our other six Houses of Study, to explore the practices and languages of worship from other traditions. These houses are not actual physical locations, but community structures that offer support.
Students may also earn one or more of 13 certificates and concentrations, which focus coursework on a particular area of ministry or study, and explore interdisciplinary interests including: certificates in Methodist/Wesleyan Studies; Theology and Arts; Faith, Food, and Environmental Justice; Faith-based organizing, Advocacy, and Social Transformation; Gender, Sexuality, Theology, and Ministry; Missional Innovation; Theology, Medicine, and Culture; a concentration in Preaching, and more.
To complement work done in the classroom, the field education program, a flagship requirement of our residential and hybrid M.Div. degree programs, provides contextual learning experiences in real-world ministries, such as congregations or non-profit settings. Residential students enjoy fully-funded placements.
At Duke Divinity School, our approach to formation is intentionally holistic. Spiritual Formation is central to our commitment to helping students cultivate habits of worship and community. It is woven throughout the fabric of each of our programs, and designed to enrich the experiences and training of our students. United Methodist Students may elect to participate in an Advanced Spiritual Formation course, specific to the Wesleyan tradition.
Duke Divinity Students enjoy all of the resources and amenities of our R1 research institution alongside theological inquiry with some of the world’s strongest academicians and practitioners, and endless possibilities for exploration, service, and fun in Durham’s vibrant community.
From coursework to worship to field education, Duke Divinity School equips students for a life of prayer, study, and service to the Church, academy, and the world.
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