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.



Admission Information

Admission into the MDiv Program is offered on a yearly basis. 

Application Deadlines     

January 7- Priority deadline
April 13- Final round deadline for international students
August 1- Final round deadline for domestic students (US citizens and permanent residents)

Priority admission and aid decisions are released in early March. Afterwards, admission and aid decisions are released on a rolling basis, typically 2-3 weeks after all documents are received.

Application Materials

  • Divinity School Application for Graduate Admission

  • Personal 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. 

Students applying to dual degree programs must apply to both the Divinity School and the partner school (Harriss, Law, or Social Service Administration)

Financial Information     

Tuition is charged on a quarterly basis.

2019-2020 MDiv Tuition:              
$11,382: Full-Time (3-4 courses)
$5,691: Half-Time (less than 3 courses) 

The Divinity School offers merit-based scholarship for MDiv applicants. Awards are granted based on the strength of the application and are renewable for 3 years.

MDiv students are awarded field education stipends to accommodate incurred costs for participation. 

Eligible students may also apply for Federal Student Aid (student loans & work-study) by completing and submitting the FAFSA. Our school code is 001774.

Program Highlights

Students complete a minimum of 29 courses, including 'Theology in the Public Square', scripture and/or history of the student’s chosen tradition, weekly reflection seminar, and the 'Arts of Religious Leadership and Practice' sequence. 

MDiv students participate in field education all three years of the program. 

Students learn basic skills in a relevant textual language, such as Koine Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Qur’anic Arabic, Sanskrit, or Tibetan, and employ the language in a scripture or textual exegesis course.

Students may take courses at neighboring seminaries or theological schools for further study in a chosen religious tradition. 

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

We also offer several 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 Social Work (MSW) with The University’s School of Social Service Administration