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The Divinity School

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Programs of Study

The Divinity School offers programs of study leading to the degrees of Master of Arts (A.M.), Master of Arts in Religious Studies (A.M.R.S.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and Master of Divinity (M.Div.).

The A.M. (A.M.) program is the foundational program for students without a graduate degree who wish to pursue the Ph.D. in the Divinity School.

The A.M. in Religious Studies (A.M.R.S.) program serves students who seek a general introduction to the contemporary study of religion. It does not lead to Ph.D. work at the Divinity School.

The Ph.D. program of study prepares students for scholarship, teaching, and research in the study of religion.

The M.Div. program of study is designed to prepare students for traditional, well defined ministerial professions as well as new and emerging forms of ministry.

Students in the A.M.R.S. and M.Div. programs are required to register for and to complete a certain number of courses in order to receive the degree. Students in the A.M. and Ph.D. programs are required to register according to a two stage residence structure. These A.M. and Ph.D. studies are not required to register for a certain number of courses, except for three courses required of A.M. students (DVSC 30100, DVSC 30200, and DVSC 30300) and insofar as particular areas of study specify certain courses for their Ph.D. studies. Students should consult the area guidelines (available in the Dean of Students Office) for their respective areas of study concerning these matters. In addition to attending to any area requirements, students are also advised that normally they should maintain a substantial course load during their A.M. years and their first year of doctoral study in order both to develop their own scholarly capacities and to afford faculty members appropriate opportunities for the assessment of their work.