Journey Master of Divinity

Degree Overview

Iliff’s Master of Divinity (MDIV) degree offered through the Journey Program provides you the greatest flexibility to earn the education necessary to serve in a vocation of ministry, including parish ministry, chaplaincy, not-for-profits, and a variety of other areas. You can earn your degree without moving to Denver – giving you the ability to continue to work and care for your family in your hometown.

The Journey Program is identical to the traditional, residential MDIV Program. It provides you with the option to take classes online and via hybrid courses. Intensives held in Denver a couple of times per year allow you to meet your classmates and develop a life-long community of colleagues.

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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. It is the primary degree essential for meeting the educational requirements for those seeking ordination in most traditions and is often required for chaplaincy positions.

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.

Degree Curriculum

The Journey 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 as well as 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

Like the residential MDIV, the Journey MDIV is three years and requires at least 120 quarter credits, of which 40 credits must be completed on campus via hybrid classes, weekend praxis courses, or week-long intensives. The program requirements are identical to the residential MDIV in terms of course requirements; only the format of the courses is distinct. 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)

Journey students may take a full-time or part-time course load which may include hybrid, online-only, residential, or intensive classes.

Hybrid Courses and Gathering Days

Hybrid courses are a combination of online and on-campus courses. Students earn one residential credit and three online credits, for a total of four credits per hybrid course. Journey students will have first priority for registration in Hybrid courses and other students may be admitted if space is available. Hybrid classes meet online for the first four weeks, then students come to campus for the Gathering Days, and the last four weeks of the term are completed online. The Gathering Days typically take place during the fifth week of class.

Face-to-face and on-campus participation in the Gathering Days is mandatory for students in hybrid courses. The Gathering Days may also include optional campus community activities such as meals, worship, academic presentations, social activities, community service, etc. Gathering Days vary from one to three days per quarter.

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™, can 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.

Iliff offers a distinct advantage for MDIV students. Students may simultaneously earn graduate certificates while earning their master’s degree. In addition, Iliff’s unique signature course, Authentic Engagement™, can help students learn how to engage communities in any setting.

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