Prospective students seeking an Iliff educational experience sometimes face a major obstacle of pulling up roots to move to Denver to obtain their master of divinity degree (MDIV). Iliff’s new Journey MDIV Program removes the roadblocks and welcomes students to a program that allows them to keep their current residence – wherever that might be.
“The Journey MDIV offers flexible options for MDIV students,” said Albert Hernández, academic vice president and dean of the faculty. “Not only are students able to earn an Iliff education without moving to Denver, but they are also able to complete their degree at their own pace through a variety of online, hybrid, and on-campus options.”
Another benefit of the program is an added dimension of fellowship through the Journey Program’s “Gathering Days.” These days, designated in the fall, winter, and spring quarters, brings Journey students to campus to enjoy collaboration, friendship, formation, and service learning opportunities with the entire Iliff community.
“The Gathering Days are designed to not only help students create life-long bonds with fellow students, but are also an important part of fulfilling the residency requirements set forth by Iliff’s accrediting bodies,” added Hernández. “In addition to giving Journey students an opportunity to meet face-to-face with their instructors and classmates, the Gathering Days are a time for all of us – faculty, staff, residential students, Journey students, trustees, and friends – to come together for meals, worship, community service, outdoor recreation, and fellowship.”
In addition to Gathering Days, Journey MDIV students participate in “Journey Days Intensives,” a time for on-campus coursework, with designated days during August before their first year and again at the mid-point of their program. During these days, students focus on a variety of areas including: theological writing, vocational transitions, self-care for ministry, and identity/power/difference. Weekends include off-campus retreat time as a foundation for year-long colloquium reflection groups. Time for worship and community building is also included.
For additional information about this program, see Journey MDIV .