Admitting its first students in 1999, the School of Divinity is a growing, 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 several dual degrees in bioethics, counseling, education, law, and sustainability offered jointly with other schools and programs 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 also offers optional 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;
- in partnership with the Department of Education the school offers a concentration in Education designed to enable students who already hold teaching certificates to qualify for a North Carolina Master’s level certification; and
- in collaboration with the Wake Forest University Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES) the school offers a graduate certificate in sustainability.
The School of Divinity is intentionally ecumenical and open to a variety of viewpoints, valuing Wake Forest College’s Baptist heritage that was shaped by “soul freedom.” 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 various religious leadership positions and in other fields:
- 37% in congregational ministry
- 13% in chaplaincy
- 10% in non-profit work
- 7% in education
- 3% in counseling
- 7% are completing additional education (PhD, second Masters, etc.)
- 23% in other fields, including law, physical therapy, spirituality (spiritual direction, healing touch), education (teaching, librarian), career and personal coaching, healthcare and patient relations, small business (locally-owned and operated tea shop, photography), government (patent and licensing division), communications and marketing, banking and investments, publishing, and personal fitness and well-being