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Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 36 months
  • Start date Jan-2000
We educate students for a life of public religious leadership: in congregations and newer forms of gatherings, in chaplaincies, in social service and advocacy, in public policy, in journalism, in education -and in areas we have only begun to imagine. These are leaders who are fully engaged in constructive conversations with their faith traditions, their communities, and their world. From that engagement comes concern for the flourishing of individuals, families, and communities. That, in turn, raises profound and enduring questions about justice and hope, freedom and responsibility, individuality and the common good. Religious communities, and the cultures in which they live and move, are enriched by the deliberation of these questions-in a pluralistic context such as our own, this mutually critical conversation is essential to rich public life. A life of public ministry is a life immersed in theological reflection, interdisciplinary dialogue, and leadership that draws creative new maps of the inherited boundaries between the religious and the secular, the public and the private, the transcendent and everyday life. Your education at the Divinity School will help you cultivate the scholarly and professional practices-the habits of both heart and mind?that such a life demands, shaping you uniquely and decisively for faithful and courageous leadership. A life of public religious leadership demands a public education?responsible, rigorous, and lively dialogue between disciplines, professions and religious traditions. One of the hallmarks of the Divinity School is the intentional interplay of scholarly and practical perspectives: ministry students and other master?s-level and doctoral students share classrooms, course work, and a single faculty of world-class scholars, whether their studies lead to careers in teaching and research, religious life, or another form of public service. Divinity School students have access to the resources of the entire University, and they often take courses in the humanities and social sciences graduate divisions or the professional schools of law, social work, and public policy. Hyde Park is also home to several free-standing seminaries and the Disciples Divinity House, affording MDiv students an endless selection of course work, connection, and community in their own traditions, with theological faculty from all over the world.