Who should pursue a Master of Divinity from Iliff?

If you are interested in serving in professional ministry leadership, including pastoral and congregational ministry, chaplaincy, advocacy, or nonprofit leadership, the Master of Divinity might be the right degree for you. 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.

MDiv Graduates Lead in:

  • Pastoral and congregational leadershipsenior pastors, associate pastors, local church pastors, ordained clergy, youth and young adult ministers, religious educators, and more
  • Chaplaincyspiritual caregivers in hospitals, hospice care, prisons, military ministry, corporate environments, and more
  • Advocacy and nonprofit leadershipexecutive directors, diversity officers, community organizers, entrepreneurs, social justice policy makers, and more
  • Higher Educationfaculty and adjunct professors, campus chaplains and ministers, directors of programs, senior level administration, student affairs, admissions officers, and more


The JOURNEY Program is specifically designed for distance-learning students to form a cohort connection to enhance the learning experience. Courses are offered in online and hybrid formats, with short visits to Iliff 2-3 times per year for hybrid classes, weekend praxis courses, and week-long intensives.

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On Campus MDiv

Designed for students who live in the Denver Metro and surrounding areas. Courses are offered on-campus, but students may also enroll in online and hybrid classes. Students complete internships locally and are encouraged to participate in student leadership at the school. Work-study is also available for students in the on-campus program.

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Degree Requirements

The MDiv offers an opportunity to engage in a full array of theological studies, including an internship and personal and professional formation. Students must meet the requirements as specified in the Master’s Student Handbook of their year of matriculation. For specific denominational requirements, click here.

Example Classes in the MDiv program

  • Hebrew Bible and New Testament Literature
  • Practical Theology
  • Feminist Theology
  • Media, Religion, and Culture
  • Preacher as Self: Cultivating an Authentic Voice
  • Ancient and Emerging Practices

Requirements include:

  • First Year Interdisciplinary Seminar (4 Credits)
  • Core Areas (48 Credits) 2 courses from each of the six curricular areas
  • Personal and Professional Formation Courses (4 Credits)
  • Internship (12 Credits)
  • Other/Elective Courses (52 Credits)

Core Areas

  • Comparative Religious Traditions
  • Sacred Texts
  • Social/Contextual Analysis
  • Historical Development/Exploration of Religious Traditions
  • Constructive Theology
  • Theology and Religious Practices

Additional Choices

Master of Social Work 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, Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care, Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics, or Master of Theological Studies 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.

Requirements for Specific Denominations

Whatever denomination you belong to or whether you belong to a faith tradition or not, Iliff welcomes you to our community. Specific requirements and decisions regarding ordination or other certifications are managed by each of their denominations. Students are encouraged to learn their denominational processes and requirements and to use this knowledge in selecting their degree program and courses. Visit our denominational requirements page to find out more.


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