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Duke Divinity School is a fully accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and is one of thirteen accredited seminaries of the United Methodist Church. It considers candidates for admission to the master of divinity, master of arts in Christian practice, and master of theological studies programs who hold a bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from a college or university approved by a regional accrediting body. It considers candidates for admission to the master of theology program who hold a bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from a college or university approved by a regional accrediting body and who have or will have been awarded the master of divinity degree, or the equivalent, from an accredited ATS institution. Candidates for admission to the doctor of ministry and the doctor of theology programs must hold a bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from a college or university approved by a regional accrediting body and a master of divinity, a master of theological studies, or comparable master’s degree (e.g., MA in theology, MRE, MCM, etc.) from an accredited ATS institution.
The Divinity School follows the guidelines of the Association of Theological Schools with respect to undergraduate preparation for theological study. In general, these guidelines prescribe a strong background in liberal arts, especially the humanities. A well-rounded background in English language and literature, history, philosophy, psychology, religion, social science, and foreign languages is especially desirable.
Professional and Technical Standards for Admission
To fulfill the role and purpose of Duke Divinity School, all candidates applying for admission must meet the requirements and expectations of the school’s curriculum. The study of theology and the formation for ministry are not exclusively intellectual exercises. Rather, a student needs a specific set of minimum attributes in order to succeed. Students, with or without reasonable accommodations, must meet the requirements and expectations listed below. The Committee on Admissions adheres to the Divinity School's Professional and Technical Standards during the selection of persons applying for entry into the school. Questions regarding these standards may be directed to the Office of Admissions.