Welcome to Iliff


Since 1892, Iliff has been on the forefront of graduate theological education. Related to the United Methodist Church, Iliff serves more than 30 denominations and faith traditions. The school is an important place for dialogue and understanding about many of the most important issues that face the world today. For more than 100 years, Iliff has been at the forefront of theological education.

Simply put, we’re a great place to question and learn about the issues that have faced the world. At Iliff, we recognize that dialogue is important, no matter how complicated or uncomfortable that may feel. Most importantly, though, we understand that change starts with you and your leadership.

As one of the best theological schools in the nation, the school offers a diverse community in a beautiful Denver, Colorado setting that is supportive, challenging, progressive, and enriching for students. Courses are offered on-campus, online, or in hybrid formats.

Get to know Iliff’s leadership and board of trustees.

Learn more about our plans for the future and our mission, vision, and values.

Key Dates

1884 – Elizabeth Iliff Warren announces an offer of $100,000 to endow a theological school

1892 – The Iliff School of Theology formally opens, affiliated with the University of Denver

1903 – Iliff incorporates as an independent institution from the University of Denver

1936 – Accreditation by the newly formed American Association of Theological Schools

1956 – Ira J. Taylor Library opens with 45,000 volumes.

1973 – Accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges as a professional doctoral degree-granting institution

1981 – Iliff and the University of Denver jointly inaugurate the Doctor of Philosophy in Religion degree program