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Iliff degree programs provide an interdisciplinary approach through courses that engage theology, history, political theory, sociology, ethics, pastoral care, leadership, preaching, and ministry. Courses are offered on campus, online, and hybrid to meet your needs. Throughout the degree, students are immersed in spiritual, religious, and academic learning with critical analysis, reflection, and community engagement.

In addition to degrees, Iliff offers two course provider programs for students enrolled in other seminaries who wish to take our United Methodist and Military Ministry courses.


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Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is a three year master’s degree that enhances and develops an inclusive and relevant approach to ministry in the 21st century. It is the primary degree offered for the professional and academic study of religion and theology and meets the standard prerequisite for ordained ministry.

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Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care

The Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care (MAPSC) is a professional master’s degree that provides students with the knowledge needed to specialize in pastoral and spiritual care in a variety of settings. The degree incorporates the spiritual and emotional dimensions that are essential for careers in chaplaincy.

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Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics

The Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics (MASJE) is a two year professional master’s degree that develops an inclusive and collaborative approach to social change leadership; develops leaders with the cultural capacity and organizational skills necessary for civic agency and efficacy in diverse social, political, and educational contexts; and critically engages a complex interdisciplinary analysis of historical and contemporary social change strategies and movements.

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Master of Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree is a two year interdisciplinary program that draws on a broad variety of courses that are available in online, on-campus, and hybrid formats. The degree offers flexibility to combine rigorous study of theology with a variety of other academic subject areas into an integrated plan of study.

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Doctor of Philosophy

The Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) was started in 1981 by the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology and is designed to prepare persons for independent research and teaching in the fields of religious and theological studies.

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