Master of Divinity Degree
Iliff’s Master of Divinity (MDIV) degree is a progressive and comprehensive program of this most recognized theological degree – designed for those seeking careers in ministry; including parish ministry, chaplaincy, not-for-profits and other religious leadership areas. The MDIV is the primary way to meet educational requirements for those seeking ordination in most traditions. This degree requires 120 quarter credit hours across the theological curriculum and includes either a part-time or full-time internship and other attention to personal and professional formation. This degree can be acquired in both a residential or flexible residency track of study.
By examining Christian traditions, contemporary circumstances in a global context and in relation to other religious faiths, Iliff’s MDIV curriculum acknowledges ideological, ethnic and cultural diversity of Christianity. Students are encouraged to be self-conscious about their own moral environments, to think critically about their assumptions, and to develop theological frameworks for their participation in the processes of changing ideas, personal relationships, and social structures. Christian traditions serve as the primary context for developing the practice of ministry.
Divided into five thematic sequences, the curriculum explores the degree’s diverse dimensions:
- Sequence 1: Religions in a Changing World
- Sequence 2: Bible, Canons, and Criticism
- Sequence 3: Christianity and Cultures in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
- Sequence 4: Theology and Moral Practice
- Sequence 5: Practical Theology, Social Analysis and Religious Leadership
Iliff’s MDIV requires at least 120 quarter credits (or 80 quarter credits and a two-year theological degree from an accredited seminary) with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.
- 72 credits from required Sequence courses
- 9 credits in Personal and Professional Formation
- At least 39 elective credits
*Students should consult with their own denominational judicatory regarding residency requirements for ordination. Iliff will make every effort to help students meet their requirements.
United Methodist Ordination Guidelines
For those who are United Methodist and seeking ordination as an Elder, the denomination allows two-thirds of the Master of Divinity degree online, with one-third required to be in residence (University Senate, January 27, 2011).
Students wishing to write a master’s thesis may petition to do so.
For greater detail, read the Masters Student Handbook.
The Iliff MDIV degree has several options to consider.
In addition to traditional options for earning the MDIV through course work in Denver, students can complete a MDIV through the Journey MDIV option – a modified residency learning program that allows students to complete their degree without relocating.
Justice & Peace Studies Concentration
If social justice and human transformation are important to you, then Iliff’s Justice and Peace Studies concentration is offered in the MDIV as well as Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care (MAPSC) and Master of Arts in Social Change (MASC) degree programs.
Graduate Certificates are available in seven different areas and provide degree-seeking students an opportunity to study in areas outside of their concentration or to demonstrate advanced competency.