Applying to the MDiv Program

Our Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is a three-year, cohort-based program that prepares students of all religious traditions to serve as religious/spiritual leaders and practioners in an ever-changing varies of roles and contexts, including leadership in existing and emerging communities of practice, chaplaincies in medical, educational, and governmental organizations and careers in mental health, social work, public policy, and community development, as well as in teaching, research, and writing. 

Program Overview

MDiv students complete a minimum of 27 courses. Each year, the cohort takes required courses together which serve as exercises in practical theology and religious reflection, and these courses provide a common structure for the work of all students in the program. These include: Introduction to Religious Leadership and Practice (a year-long integration seminar during the first year, an ongoing conversation or “Colloquium”); Theology in the Public Square course (taken the first year, taught in winter quarter); the second-year Arts of Religious Leadership and Practice sequence with the concurrent year-long Practicum; and the third-year Senior Thesis Seminar culminating in the completion of an original thesis and its public presentation.

MDiv students may apply to one of three dual degree programs: 

  • MDiv & Master of Public Policy (MPP) with the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies

  • MDiv & Juris Doctor (JD) with The University of Chicago Law School

  • MDiv & Master of Arts in Social Work and Social Welfare (MASW) with The University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice.

Students applying to dual degree programs must apply to both the Divinity School and the partner school (Harris, Law, or the Crown Family School).

Application Deadlines

January 4, 2022- Priority Round Deadline

April 15, 2022- Round 2 Deadline; Final deadline for international students

July 15, 2022- Round 3 Deadline; Final deadline for domestic students

Priority admission and aid decisions are released in early-March. Round 2 decisions are typically released in mid-June. The final round decisions for domestic students are typically released in early-September.

Admission & Scholarship Information

Admission into the MDiv Program is offered on a yearly basis. All applicants are automatically considered for Divinity School scholarships. Scholarships are offered based on the strength of the application materials. Applicants wishing to ensure that they are considered for the full range of funding options should apply by the priority deadline. Scholarships are automatically renewable for the second and third years of the program. Students receive funding for summer language study at the University. MDiv students also receive additional funding when completing field placements. 

Tuition is charged on a quarterly basis. Please see the Bursar's fee schedule for tuition rates.

The Divinity School is committed to making graduate study affordable and accessible. In the last two years, the School has lowered tuition for the MDiv program while increasing funding opportunities for students. 

Required Application Materials

  • Divinity School Application for Graduate Admission
  • Candidate Statement reflecting intellectual influences and professional goals
  • Academic Transcripts 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Current Resume or CV
  • Writing sample, at least 15 pages
  • Application fee: $75 (waiver available)
  • International students: TOEFL or IELTS score