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New Curriculum Highlights at Vanderbilt Divinity

In a global and multi-religious world, we need theological schools that break down barriers, open up dialogue, and press the world toward greater justice and compassion. With a growing list of concentrations that include Congregational Leadership, Chaplaincy, and Prison Studies, you'll share the classroom with non-profit leaders, pastors, advocates and activists, chaplains, and those navigating new paths of ministry not yet explored. Come see how Vanderbilt Divinity School lives out its commitment to participate in the struggles of individuals and groups for a healthier, more just, more humane, and more ecologically wholesome world. 

With a new curriculum in place beginning Fall 2018, students pursuing a Master of Divinity or a Master of Theological Studies have more flexibility than ever before to design an interdisciplinary course of study that prepares students for vocations that critically and creatively engage the world.

New Curriculum

M.Div. Degree Highlights

  • Reduced credit hours. Minimum 72 semester hours (reduced from 84). A student could finish their degree in 2.5 years and must complete their degree within seven years.

  • Interdisciplinary. Students may take up to 12 hours of graduate-level course work in other Vanderbilt University departments and may count these hours toward requirements for graduation.

  • Centers practice and professional preparation. Concentrations (12 credit hours) aim to prepare students to be service oriented for religious leadership that is contextually focused; socially engaged; spiritually formed; and culturally literate. The credit hours include a practice-oriented course or experience and may be met by field education or an engagement with another practice.
  • Electives. Students have 21 hours of electives--courses that may be chosen based on student interest on subject matter.

M.T.S. Degree

  • Complete in Two Years. The degree requires a minimum of 48 semester hours, which can be completed in two years (four semesters of full-time studies).
  • Generous electives. The MTS General Plan of Study includes 27 hours of electives, allowing students to design their degree with broad introductions to several areas of theological studies while incorporating the student's program focus.
  • Concentration.  The MTS Concentration option only has three required courses and then students choose a concentration that embodies the Divinity School's curricular values: Vocationally relevant, Integrative of theory and praxis, Interdisciplinary, Infused with the Vanderbilt Divinity School commitments.


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