The Master of Divinity program (M.Div.) prepares its graduates for a variety of ministerial professions, ranging from congregational ministry to chaplaincy to new and emerging forms of ministry. The program consists of 27 courses, normally three years of study. At its core is the first year course sequence on ministry, theology, and public life; the second year Arts of Ministry sequence; and the third year individualized ministry thesis project. The field education program provides stipends and support for learning within the vast range of congregation life in the Chicago area.
Joint and Dual Degrees with the M.Div.
Joint M.Div./A.M. degree programs are offered in partnership with the University’s School of Social Administration, for persons whose professional plans require training in both ministry and social work, and also with the University’s Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies, for those whose professional plans require training in both ministry and public policy. These programs allow students to complete two degrees in four years of full-time coursework. Disciples Divinity House Scholars receive full tuition, housing, and stipendiary support for three years and, typically, some partial support for the fourth year.
The Divinity School and the University’s Law School offer dual degree programs for students whose professional plans require training in both religion and law.
The Certification in Ministerial Studies program enables doctoral students to prepare for ordained ministerial leadership by completing this program during one full year of their Ph.D. studies.
The Ph.D. program allows persons to prepare for ministries of undergraduate or graduate teaching and research through the completion of both M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees. Application to an area of Ph.D. studies is made in the third year of M.Div. studies.