Overview

“Iliff is a small institution with a large purpose. It addresses complex problems in diverse settings with a historical commitment to diversities and justice and peace.”

Tom Wolfe, Iliff President

The Iliff School of Theology is an independent, graduate school related to the United Methodist Church that educates and develops leaders with courageous theological imaginations. Located in Denver, Colorado, it serves more than 30 denominations and faith traditions and is committed to social justice, inclusiveness, and religious diversity.

Founded in 1892* by Colorado Seminary (now the University of Denver), and incorporated as an independent institution in 1903, Iliff is recognized nationally and internationally for our emphasis on peace, justice, and ethics. As one of the best theological schools in the nation, the school offers a diverse community that is supportive, challenging, progressive, and enriching for students. Courses are offered on-campus, online, or in hybrid formats.

Iliff is ranked in the top 10 theological schools engaged in multi-faith education by the Auburn Theological Seminary as well as being named one of the Seminaries that Change the World in both 2015 and 2016. The school is an important place for dialogue and understanding about many of the most important issues that face the world today.

* The school was founded in honor of John Wesley Iliff, a prominent Colorado pioneer and cattle rancher. After his death, John Wesley Iliff’s widow, Elizabeth Iliff Warren, and her second husband Bishop Henry White Warren shaped the school into a unique center for graduate theological education in the west.