Admitting its first students in 1999, the School of Divinity is a young and dynamic theological institution that prepares men and women to minister in a rapidly changing world. The School of Divinity currently offers one degree, the Master of Divinity, and has dual degree offerings in law, bioethics, and counseling with other schools of the University. The Master of Divinity program encourages students to explore the rich histories and traditions of Christianity, to understand the changing social and religious landscape of our times, and to gain awareness and practical experience of the issues facing churches in their local and global contexts. Through their studies in the MDiv curriculum, students will connect their knowledge of a full range of theological and ministry disciplines with what they encounter in ministry settings and in the world.
The School of Divinity offers concentrated studies within the MDiv degree:
- the Well-Being and Religious Leadership Program with curricular concentrations in food and faith, and faith and health of the public; and
- in partnership with the Department of Education the school offers a concentration designed to enable students who already hold teaching certificates to qualify for a North Carolina Master’s level certification.
Drawing on the Baptist heritage of “soul freedom,” the School of Divinity is intentionally ecumenical and open to a variety of viewpoints. Our goal is to prepare women and men from diverse theological and religious perspectives for faithful and transformative service in a wide array of ministries. Graduates of the School of Divinity serve in many types of Christian ministry in addition to being pastors, most notably in chaplaincy and social justice and advocacy ministries.