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.
As an accredited institution, financial aid is available to all who qualify.
The MDIV’s flexible curriculum provides an interdisciplinary approach through courses that combine a broad array of disciplinary areas within the school. The Iliff core curriculum focuses on six curricular areas.
- 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.
The Journey MDIV Program (Flexible Residency MDIV)
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 up to four 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 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.
The MDIV degree requires at least 120 quarter credits. Students must meet the requirements as specified in the Master’s Student Handbook of their year of matriculation.
- 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)
Students may simultaneously earn graduate certificates while earning their master’s degree. 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.
MDIV – MSW 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.