• Professors William Schweiker and Lucy Pick.
  • PhD students Hannah Roh and Bevin Blaber confer together.

Academic Programs in Brief

Seminar classThe Divinity School offers programs of study leading to the degrees of Master of Arts (MA), Master of Arts in Religious Studies (AMRS), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Master of Divinity (MDiv).

For comprehensive program descriptions—including degree requirements, professonalization opportunities, and course offerings—please visit the Academic Programs section of our website.


Chimi Lama meets with Professor Christian K. WedemeyerMaster of Arts (MA)

The MA program is a two-year foundational program in the academic study of religion for students who wish to acquire the requisite skills to develop a research agenda for doctoral study, or to establish a basis for a career in such fields as education, publishing, government service, and nonprofit administration.

Professor Dwight Hopkins teaching a seminar course.Master of Arts in Religious Studies (AMRS)

The AMRS is a concentrated program in the study of religion for persons in other professions (e.g., law, medicine, business, journalism, the arts) or anyone who seeks greater knowledge of and sophistication in the study of religion. The degree may be pursued in one year, or over a period of three years, allowing students to balance study with existing professional commitments. For more information, download the AMRS program brochure.

Professor Cynthia Lindner talking with students at a luncheon.Master of Divinity (MDiv)

The MDiv program is an intensive, cohort-based, three-year course of study that prepares students for public religious leadership in traditional, new, and emerging forms of ministry. For more information, download the Ministry Program brochure and the Ministry Program Handbook.

Dean Margaret M. Mitchell meets with incoming doctoral students (Fall 2013)Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD program is a rigorous course of advanced study and research that prepares students for a lifetime of field-defining scholarship, intellectual leadership, and teaching in the academic study of religion. Doctoral students in the Divinity School pursue programs of study in one of eleven areas of specialization.

Applicants to the doctoral program must have completed, or must be in the process of completing, a master's degree (in a field related to their intended area of study in religion) from an accredited institution in order to be considered for admission.

Dual-Degree Programs

The Divinity School offers dual degree programs with the University's Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies, Law School, and School of Social Service Administration.  In each case, prospective students apply for admission to both schools, indicating the intent to pursue a dual degree on each application.  For more information about dual degrees, please visit the Academic Programs section of our website.

Why Chicago?

Current MA student Hank Owings discusses the Divinity School's emphasis on, and resources for, interdisciplinary inquiry.

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