The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree stands at the center of the School of Divinity’s degree offerings. The program prepares students through diverse ministry experiences and theological perspectives for religious leadership. The program encourages students to engage the rich histories and traditions of Christian congregations, to increase awareness and understanding of issues facing churches in their local and global contexts, and to integrate their knowledge of varied theological and ministry disciplines with what they encounter in ministry settings and in the world.
Goals for the Master of Divinity Degree
Students who graduate with the Master of Divinity degree from the Wake Forest University School of Divinity shall demonstrate a broad variety of competencies for religious leadership that promotes justice, reconciliation, and compassion, including:
- Academic integration of Christian traditions, theologies, scriptures, and practices.
- Sustained vocational reflection and spiritual formation that inform ministry in pluralistic contexts.
- Innovative application and embodiment of a range of ministerial practices for a continually transforming religious world.
- Theologically informed analysis of social, cultural, political, and ecological systems within a variety of particular settings.
The Master of Divinity degree is a 78-hour program designed to be completed in three years of full time, residential study. Students may also pursue the degree on a part-time basis with permission of the associate dean of academic affairs and the senior associate dean. The maximum length of time allowed to complete the program is six years.
The School of Divinity is committed to educating persons who are pursuing ministry within a wide array of Christian denominations and traditions.
Denominational studies courses in the School of Divinity are designed to support students as they explore professional affiliations, cultivate diverse denominational and congregational connections, and prepare for ordination within particular denominational and congregational entities.
As a first step in exploring denominational affiliations, students are encouraged to consult with appropriate denominational representatives to learn about opportunities for service and, where appropriate, requirements for ordination. Students are encouraged to consult with denominational advisers and representatives as they choose settings for required internships as these internships give students opportunities to explore denominational ministry in congregations or agencies.
Courses specific to some denominations are taught regularly at the School of Divinity by denominational leaders. These courses are designed to introduce students to denominational theologies and polities and to assist students with preparation for denominational ordination exams. A student may also request that the associate dean of academic affairs explore course offerings specific to their denominational affiliation. Other opportunities for preparation for ministry within particular denominations include independent study, clinical pastoral education, transfer credit, and the Episcopal Studies concentration.
Some of these courses fulfill Community Building or other elective requirements.
The city of Winston-Salem, NC is shaped by its Moravian heritage and a rich on-going Moravian presence. While enrolled at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, students seeking candidacy for ordination in the Moravian Church may earn the twelve-credit Certificate in Moravian Studies online through Moravian Theological Seminary, as well as complete internships at local Moravian churches.
The Certificate in Moravian Studies is offered as a possible alternative to a year of residential study at Moravian Seminary in partial fulfillment of requirements for ordination. Interested students should first contact the Provincial Elders’ Conference (PEC) regarding this possibility. If approved, The School of Divinity and Moravian Seminary will work with the PEC to advise interested students. Tuition assistance for the Certificate is available through the PEC.
All courses must meet ATS requirements for transfer credit to apply toward the WFU MDiv degree. Additional eligible courses from Moravian Seminary, beyond the Certificate in Moravian Studies, may be accepted for transfer with a written recommendation from the PEC that these courses are required preparation for ordination in the Moravian Church. Contact: PEC office.