Master of Divinity Degree

Degree Overview

Iliff’s Master of Divinity (MDIV) degree provides you with the education necessary to serve in a vocation of ministry, including parish ministry, chaplaincy, not-for-profits, and a variety of other areas. The MDIV is the primary degree essential for meeting the educational requirements for those seeking ordination in most traditions and is often required for chaplaincy positions.

A three-year program, the MDIV offers an opportunity to engage in a full array of theological studies, including an internship and other attention to personal and professional formation.

The Journey MDIV Program (Hybrid/Online)

Iliff’s Journey Master of Divinity Program offers another option for earning your MDIV. The Journey MDIV is comprised primarily of online and hybrid classes with short visits to Iliff’s campus in Denver a few times per year.

In addition, Iliff’s MDIV Program offers you the unique ability to demonstrate your effectiveness to future employers, since you may earn graduate certificates in specific areas of concentration while earning your degree and you can participate in Iliff’s signature course, Authentic Engagement™, demonstrating your ability to engage complex communities.

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Degree Curriculum

The MDIV’s flexible curriculum provides an interdisciplinary approach through courses that combine a broad array of disciplinary areas within the school. The curriculum is organized into one introductory interdisciplinary course, one each of a breadth and depth courses from six areas (see below), two professional formation courses, internship and consultation and guidance. The rest of the credits will be obtained by other course work, which you are free to select from a wide variety across the curriculum.

  • Comparative Religious Traditions
  • Sacred Texts
  • Social/Contextual Analysis
  • Historical Development/Exploration of Religious Traditions
  • Constructive Theology
  • Theology and Religious Practices

The MDIV degree program also includes classes related to personal and professional formation and internship placement related to one’s vocation.

In addition, Iliff’s MDIV Program offers you the unique ability to demonstrate your effectiveness to future employers, since you may earn certificates in specific areas of concentration while earning your degree and you can participate in Iliff’s signature course, “Authentic Engagement™,” demonstrating your ability to engage complex communities.

Degree Requirements

A three-year degree, the MDIV degree is completed with 120 quarter credits. Students who average 40 quarter credits a year will complete the course work for the Master Divinity in three years. Up to one third (40 credits) of the course work may be completed in online/distributed learning formats. Students must meet the requirements as specified in the Master’s Student Handbook of their year of matriculation.

Requirements include:

  • First Year Interdisciplinary Seminar (4 credits)
  • Core Requirements (48 credits) – two courses from each core curriculum area
  • Personal and Professional Formation (4 credits)
  • Internship (12 credits)
  • Other courses (52 credits)

Degree Options

Certificate Options

Students may simultaneously earn graduate certificates while earning their master’s degree. Certificates allow students to customize their degree in specialty areas. In addition, Iliff’s unique signature course, Authentic Engagement™, may help students learn how to engage communities in any setting.

Students with a Previous Theological Master’s Degree

For students who have a previous theological master’s degree from an accredited seminary, Iliff’s MDIV degree may be completed in 80 quarter credit hours.

MDIVMSW Cooperative Program

A cooperative arrangement between Iliff School of Theology and The Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver allows qualified students to pursue concurrently the Master of Divinity with the Master of Social Work degree. The cooperative degree program offers students the opportunity to apply theological learning to social service settings. Each school allows students to transfer a predetermined number of credits from one degree program into the other, which allows students to complete both degrees in a shorter amount of time. Details are listed in the Master’s Student Handbook.

Students in the MDIV degree are typically preparing for professional ministry in the church or vocational leadership in agencies of service and community transformation.

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