Fact Sheet

Iliff Facts


The Iliff School of Theology is a graduate theological school related to the United Methodist Church. Its central mission is the education of persons for effective ministry in Christian churches and other religious communities, for academic leadership, and for the cultivation of justice and peace in local and global contexts.

Essential to this mission is the critical appropriation of the historic resources of the Christian Church and other world faith traditions, esteem for rigorous academic scholarship, respect for cultural and theological
diversity, concern for the enhancement of character, and a commitment to justice in the social order.

Denver Campus

Iliff’s eight-acre campus contains six buildings in a beautiful park-like setting. Facilities range from the stately Iliff Hall, built in 1892 as the school’s first building, to the more modern Skaggs Hall. Students may live on campus in apartment style housing or in a variety of housing options nearby. Located conveniently near downtown’s restaurants, museums, and galleries, but just minutes away from excellent hiking and skiing, students enjoy the “best of the west.”

Iliff Graduates

More than 2,100 Iliff graduates work and serve – in denominations, non-profit organizations, and corporations – in countries around the globe. Since 1892, Iliff students have learned from a variety of
experiences inside and outside of the traditional academic classroom that help them encounter the “real” world with freshness and excitement.

Degree Programs

Iliff is one of 13 United Methodist theological schools in the United States. The school is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Theological Schools, and the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

Iliff offers the following degree programs:

Master Degrees

  • Master of Divinity (MDIV) is the most recognized theological degree for those who seek vocations in ministry; including parish ministry, chaplaincy, not-for-profits and a variety of other settings. The MDiv is the primary way to meet educational requirements for those seeking ordination in most traditions. This degree can be acquired in both a residential or flexible residency track of study.
  • Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics (MASJE) is a professional masters degree for students interested in employment through religious organizations, non-profit agencies, educational institutions, the media or corporate settings. This may include persons seeking ordination/consecration as a deacon or lay minister in many denominations.
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care (MAPSC) is for those who may be interested in employment as chaplains or spiritual caregivers through religious, healthcare, or hospice organizations. For military chaplains interested in learning more about spiritual care to those experiencing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the MAPSC for Military Chaplains is a professional degree for those already holding a MDIV that draws on courses across the curriculum and allows for specialization, such as a focus on PTSD. See video. For students wishing to pursue licensing, Iliff offers the opportunity to work concurrently with the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver (DU) to earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.
  • Master of Theological Studies (MTS) is designed for those who want to explore various areas of theological studies, or for those pursuing doctoral studies in religion or theology.

Iliff also offers a Justice and Peace Studies Concentration within the MDIV, MAPSC and MASJE degree programs.

MDIV and MTS degrees may be combined with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Cooperative programs in social work are also available.

Doctoral Degree

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Religion is offered through The DU/Iliff Joint Doctoral Program in the Study of Religion.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificates are available in a growing number of areas, including:

  • African American Church Studies
  • Anglican Studies
  • Biblical Studies
  • General Theological Studies
  • Justice and Peace Studies
  • Leadership and Organizational Management
  • Military Chaplaincy Ministry
  • Pastoral and Spiritual Care
  • Religion and Social Change
  • United Methodist Studies
  • Gender, Sexuality & Religion

More detailed information about Graduate Certificates is available from the admissions office at 303-765-3117, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)_


Iliff’s ecumenical, multi-ethnic faculty brings a wealth of experience to students and provides an educational resource unique to Iliff. Iliff’s faculty is active in church leadership, scholastic research and publishing, as well as in social and community service. Iliff also utilizes the rich resources of adjunct faculty from the Denver area and is host to visiting faculty from around the world.

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The Ira J. Taylor Library

The Ira J. Taylor Library has served the research and information needs of the Iliff community and the public for more than 50 years. The library contains the largest theological collection in the Rocky Mountain Region, with more than 250,000 volumes, and 900-plus periodical and serial subscriptions.


The Iliff School of Theology is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accreditors in the United States. Iliff is also accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

Security and Safety:

In accordance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Iliff Annual Security Report is available online: http://www.iliff.edu/learn/the-iliff-experience/security-and-fire-report


The Iliff School of Theology regularly schedules public events. Visit Iliff’s website (http://www.iliff.edu) homepage calendar for an updated list.


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2201 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80210-4798