One of the world’s leading institutions in the academic study of religion, the Divinity School prepares students for careers of scholarship, teaching, and public religious leadership. 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. No tradition is given a privileged intellectual place here; the claims of all religious traditions are assessed by standards of reasoned inquiry. The result is a diverse community of scholars and professionals who guide the public’s understanding of religion.
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The Divinity School faculty are world-renowned scholars who represent extraordinary breadth and depth of knowledge across the world’s religious traditions. They bring a wide range of disciplinary and methodological approaches to the study of religion.
The University of Chicago offers a vast array of resources to support every facet of student life and encourage academic success. Divinity School students are able to take advantage of the breadth of these resources to enhance their educational experience.
Swift Hall, home of the Divinity School, faces the main quadrangle of the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus. Our Hyde Park neighborhood offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational offerings, while the broader city of Chicago is one of the world’s most ethnically and religiously diverse cultural capitals.
Divinity School students pursue a diverse range of careers after graduation. Our alumni lead organizations in a variety of industries, teach at colleges and universities around the world, and enhance communities in ministry and service organizations.
Our students provide some of the most vibrant parts of our community culture. From clubs and activities to our student-run coffee shop, students are critical to the professional, academic, and social spheres of life at the Divinity School.
APPLYING TO THE DIVINITY SCHOOL
Join our community of scholars and professionals who guide the public’s understanding of religion.
We welcome international students, who make up 24% of the University community, and come from over 100 countries.LEARN MORE
Our doctoral (PhD) program is an interdisciplinary course of study to prepare students for careers in research, teaching, and publicly engaged leadership.MORE INFO
Our Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is for students from all religious backgrounds who are interested in careers in public religious leadership.MORE INFO
Our MA (Master of Arts) Program is for students who want to explore religion through a variety of approaches.MORE INFO
Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Fellowships
The Divinity School is committed to making graduate education accessible and affordable. We offer a range of merit-based scholarships and assist students through the financial aid process.
DID YOU KNOW?
All PhD students receive a scholarship that covers tuition, student health insurance, and a living stipend for the first six (6) years of the program.
International students comprise 24% of the University community, and come from over 100 countries. We welcome you to apply to any of our programs.
We offer over 100 courses every year in the academic study of religion!