Master of Divinity

This is what a minister looks like.

Designed for individuals preparing for many forms of ministry, Candler’s Master of Divinity (MDiv) integrates real life and real study, combining challenging academics, in-depth contextual learning, and faculty-led mentoring like no other seminary. Where others require only a short field education placement in a church setting, Candler offers two-plus years of practical experience in both a social ministry and a church or campus ministry setting. The result? You get the hands-on experience and mentoring you need to more clearly discern and follow your call.

Dual Degree Opportunities

MDiv students may pursue dual degrees in bioethics, business, development practice, law, public health, and social work. 

Contextual Education

It’s comprehensive. It’s intentional. It’s the hallmark of Candler’s MDiv curriculum and a national model for blending academics and service learning. We even wrote the book on it! After visiting numerous peer seminaries, our Con Ed directors published Equipping the Saints: Best Practices in Contextual Theological Education. At Candler, first-year MDiv students spend four hours a week serving in clinical or social ministry settings, and second-year students practice ministry in ecclesial settings for eight hours a week. Regular faculty-led reflection groups bring the learning full circle.

Our Teaching Parish program allows eligible United Methodist students to meet the Contextual Education requirement by serving as church pastors while pursuing their degree. An experienced United Methodist elder leads the reflection groups, providing solid guidance gleaned from years of parish ministry.

Classroom, context, critical reflection: Your preparation for ministry isn’t complete without all three. 

Candler Firsthand

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