Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Program Highlights:

Students complete a minimum of 29 courses, including Theology in the Public Square, scripture and/or history of the student’s chosen tradition, weekly reflection seminar, and The Arts of Ministry sequence. 

MDiv students participate in field education all three years of the program. 

Students learn basic skills in a relevant textual language, such as Koine Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Qur’anic Arabic, Sanskrit, or Tibetan, and employ the language in a scripture or textual exegesis course.

Students may take courses at neighboring seminaries or theological schools for further study in a chosen religious tradition. 

Admission Information

Admission into the MDiv Program is offered on a yearly basis. 

Application Deadlines:

January 15- Priority deadline

April 15- Second round deadline

August 1- Final round deadline*

Priority admission and aid decisions are released in early March. Second round admission and aid decisions are released in early May. Final round admission and aid decisions are released by August 15.

*Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for Final round consideration. 

Dual Degree Programs:

MDiv & Master of Public Policy (MPP) with the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies

MDiv & Juris Doctor (JD) with The University of Chicago Law School

MDiv & Master of Social Work (MSW) with The University’s School of Social Service Administration

Application Materials

  • Divinity School Application for Graduate Admission
  • Personal Statement
  • Academic Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Scores
  • Current Resume or CV
  • Writing Sample, not to exceed 15 pages (encouraged but not required)
  • Application fee: $75 (waiver available)
  • International Students: TOEFL or IELTS Score. See our International Admissions page for more information. 

Students applying to dual degree programs must apply to both the Divinity School and the partner school (Harris, Law, or Social Service Administration)

Financial Information     

Tuition is charged on a quarterly basis.

2018-2019 MDiv Tuition:              

$11,382: Full-Time (3-4 courses)

$5,691: Half-Time (less than 3 courses) 

The Divinity School offers merit-based scholarship for MDiv applicants. Awards are granted based on the strength of the application and are renewable for 3 years.

MDiv students are awarded field education stipends to accommodate incurred costs for participation. 

Eligible students may also apply for Federal Student Aid (student loans & work-study) by completing and submitting the FAFSA. Our school code is 001774.

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