Work at The University of Chicago Divinity School encompasses the full range of the academic study of religion. The School generates knowledge about the history, theology, beliefs, and practices of world religions through a broad and rich array of methodological and theoretical approaches that is deeply informed, intellectually curious, and honestly engaged.

Degree Programs

The Divinity School offers the doctoral (PhD) degree, the Master of Divinity degree (MDiv), the Master of Arts (MA) degree, and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies (AMRS), as well as a major and a minor for College students. 

Doctoral Program (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program is a rigorous, interdisciplinary course of study that prepares students for careers in research, teaching, and publicly-engaged leadership.


Master of Arts (MA)

The Master of Arts (MA) is a two-year program providing a groundwork in the study of religion and its adjacent fields.


Master of Divinity (MDiv)

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program at the University of Chicago Divinity School is a dynamic three-year curriculum combining coursework in the study of religion and the arts of religious leadership with significant field work in multiple settings, alongside ongoing participation in a cohort-based learning community that nurtures students’ spiritual, professional and personal formation.


Master of Arts in Religious Studies (AMRS)

The AMRS is designed for those practicing other professions (e.g. law, medicine, business, education, journalism, the arts), or those looking to develop a broad basis of understanding in religious studies. Students may enroll either full or part time.



Undergraduate Program in Religious Studies

for UChicago College students 

College students of any major may take electives in Religious Studies, and we offer both a Major and a Minor. The field of Religious Studies engages perennial questions about religion and human society. Explore numerous religious traditions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. 


    Dr. Johnson teaching "Star Wars and Religion" in Spring 2019


Area clubs, student-run clubs, academic workshops, and interest clubs provide a variety of opportunities to engage with colleagues from around the Divinity School and the University.


students listening intently

Graduate research workshops in the humanities, social sciences and the Divinity School meet throughout the academic year. These workshops are organized by faculty and students with common research interests but who come from diverse schools, departments, and divisions.

The Divinity Students Association hosts numerous clubs organized by students around particular interests not covered by the Academic Area Clubs or Identity Clubs.



The Brauer Seminar is cotaught by two Divinity School faculty members on a unique topic of interest

At the Center of Intellectual Inquiry

inside mansueto library

Providing a dynamic research and learning environment, The University of Chicago Library supports our commitment to research and teaching. Religious Studies was a core component of the original library and the Religion Collection directly supports the research and teaching of Divinity School faculty and students.

The University of Chicago Library