Applying to the MDiv Program

Our Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is a three-year, cohort-based program designed for students from all religious backgrounds who are interested in careers in public religious leadership, whether in traditional ministerial professions or in new and emerging forms of leadership. Students participate in field education in all three years of the program.

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 are also required to take at least three courses in a classical language pertaining to the student’s tradition(s) of focus, or else in a modern language approved as relevant to the student’s intended work in religious leadership. Students may take courses at neighboring seminaries or theological schools for further study in a chosen religious tradition. MDiv students participate in field education all three years of the program. 

For a full explanation of program requirements, see the MDiv Student Handbook.

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 12- Priority deadline
April 16- Final round deadline for international students
July 15- Final round deadline for domestic students (US citizens and permanent residents)

Priority admission and aid decisions are released in early-March. The final round decisions for international students are typically released in mid-June. Any domestic applicants that submit by the April 16th deadline will also receive a decision 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 and a stipend to off-set travel expenses while completing a field placement.  

Tuition is charged on a quarterly basis.

  • $11,382: Full-time (3-4 courses)
  • $5,691: Half-time (less than 3 courses) 

The Divinity School is committed to making graduate study affordable and accessible. In the last two years, the School has not increased tuition for the program and increased funding opportunities for students. 

Application Materials

  • Divinity School Application for Graduate Admission
  • Candidate Statement
  • 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