"Fostering the knowledge and
love of God through critical
engagement with the
traditions of the Christian
churches in the context
of the contemporary world"

Degrees and Curriculum
The Academic Environment
Institute of Sacred Music
Doctoral Studies
Financial Aid
Further Information

Yale & The Divinity School

Founded in 1701, Yale College was a place "Wherein youth ... through the blessing of Almighty God may be fitted for Public employment both in Church and in Civil state."

In 1822 the Divinity School became a separate school within the University and now is one of eleven graduate and professional schools which, with the College, comprises Yale University. All graduate and undergraduate students have the resources of the University available to them. The University library system, with forty libraries and over 10 million volumes, is one example of the opportunities available within the University.

Degrees and Curriculum

Yale Divinity School provides three degree programs: the Master of Divinity, the Master of Arts in Religion, and the Master of Sacred Theology. The Master of Divinity requires a three year course of study, including a supervised ministry assignment which prepares women and men for ministry, ordained or lay. The Master of Arts in Religion involves two years of study in a program designed by the student and her/his advisor in preparation for doctoral study or for a secular vocation in public or private areas of service. The Master of Sacred Theology provides one year of advanced theological study in a specific academic area for individuals with a Master of Divinity degree.

The curriculum encompasses four areas of scholarly inquiry: Area I, The Interpretation of the Bible (Old Testament, New Testament, and cognate studies); Area II, The Interpretation of Christianity (historical and theological studies; Christian ethics); Area III, Human Nature and Culture (studies in religion, philosophy, the arts, personality, and society); Area IV, The Practice of Ministry (studies in the work of the Church and various forms of its ministry in the world). Students must take a certain number of credits in each of the four areas, depending on their degree program. Master of Divinity students must have an internship experience and a field based course in the Supervised Ministries program where theological reflection is combined with service in church, agency, school, or clinical settings.

Divinity students in all degree programs may take one half of their courses in any term elsewhere in the University.


A long tradition of daily worship, shared meals in the Refectory, and the presence of on-campus housing combine to encourage a spirit of religious commitment and dialogue within a diverse and ecumenical community.

Marquand Chapel's morning services are followed by coffee in the Common Room. Berkeley Divinity School undertakes the formation of Episcopal Students by means of an Anglican Diploma and daily worship; morning Eucharist and evening prayers, a Wednesday evening Eucharist with refreshments, and a monthly potluck. Berkeley also sponsors the Annand Program for Spiritual Growth for the YDS community, and hosts the Yale/Berkeley Seminars, which are the Continuing Education Programs for clergy and lay-leaders.

Contributing to involvement of the Divinity School in the wider community, YDS students serve part-time internships in the greater New Haven area or full-time positions throughout the country.

Yale Divinity School has managed to evoke and sustain a community spirit of respect and goodwill while confronting change and incorporating diversity.

The Academic Environment

YDS Faculty
The core faculty of 35 professors at Yale Divinity School are prominent scholars in their academic disciplines and share a commitment to the School's mission: to prepare individuals for ordained and lay ministries in the Christian churches; to offer academic study in a University context; to contribute to shaping the role religion plays in American society while providing theological literacy for leadership in the various sectors of society. Within the University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Religious Studies provides courses in religion for undergraduates and doctoral students. A number of faculty members have joint appointments at the Divinity School and in the Department of Religious Studies. In addition, the Department offers courses in Judaic Studies, Islamic Studies, and Buddhist Studies, as well as in the Philosophy of Religion, Religious Ethics, and American Religious History.

The Institute of Sacred Music

Another resource at the Divinity School is the Institute of Sacred Music. Based in the Divinity School and the School of Music, the Institute is a place where the interconnections between theology, liturgics, music, and the arts are appreciated and explored, and serves as a cross-roads for future ministers and church musicians, and the faculty who instruct them.

Doctoral Studies

Applicants for doctoral studies apply through the Graduate School Admisssions Office, P.O. Box 208323, New Haven, CT 06520-8323. Further information about the doctoral programs and areas of study may be obtained from the Department of Religious Studies at 320 Temple Street in New Haven (203) 432-0828.


Admission to the Yale Divinity School depends upon several factors: academic achievement and potential for graduate theological study; a coherent statement of purpose and vocational intent; interpersonal skills and leadership ability; a sense of perspective about the world in which one lives.

Applicants must submit the application form, an autobiographical essay, transcripts of all post-secondary courses taken for credit, and three letters of recomendation. The Graduate Record Examination is not required, but the Test of English as a Foreign Language is required of all international students from countries where English is not the primary language. Interviews are not required, but visits to the campus are welcome.

Application deadlines are February 1 for fall admission, November 1 for spring admission.

Financial Aid

Financial aid at the Divinity School is awarded on basis of need and merit. The purpose in providing scholarships, federal loans, and work-study opportunities is to enable admitted students to enroll and complete their degrees without undue financial hardships or burdens. The Marquand Scholars program recognizes students with outstanding academic and leadership records. To determine financial need the Divinity School requires completion of our own Financial Aid Application, the Financial Aid Profile of the College Scholarship Service, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Further Information

For a Yale divinity School Bulletin or an application, or to arrange a visit to campus, please contact:

The Admissions Office
Yale Divinity School
409 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT
(203) 432-5360
Or fill out our online form.