At a Glance

School Snapshot

  • Academic Programs: Master of Divinity; MDiv/MA in Bioethics; MDiv/MA in Counseling; MDiv/MA in Education; JD/MDiv; MDiv/MA in Sustainability; MDiv/MA in Management Dual Degree Pathway
  • Academic Concentrations: Food and Faith, Faith and Health of the Public, Education, Sustainability
  • Founded: 1999
  • 2016-2017 Student Body Profile: 59% female, 41% male, 55% under 30 years old (students range in age from 21 to 64), 46% identify as ethnic minority
  • Geographic Diversity: Students come from 80 different colleges and universities, 28 states, and 5 countries (United States, Colombia, Egypt, Peru, South Korea)
  • Over 32 Religious Affiliations represented Student Body
  • Enrollment: 123 (2016-2017)
  • 16 Full-Time Faculty, 2 shared University Professors, 1 Visiting Faculty
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 7:1
  • Community and Lifelong Learning Opportunities: Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program; Faith-Based Nonprofit Leadership Program; Early Career Clergy Cohort
  • Tuition (2016-2021): $20,000 per year

Accreditation Information

The Wake Forest University School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:

Master of Divinity

The Commission contact information is:

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275 USA
Telephone: 412-788-6505
Fax: 412-788-6510

Wake Forest University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Wake Forest University. 

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

The Master of Divinity degree stands at the center of the School of Divinity’s degree offerings. The program prepares students from diverse ministry experiences and theological perspectives for religious leadership, encouraging 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.

The school uses a variety of tools to assess its effectiveness in ensuring that students achieve these learning goals:  faculty assessment of individual student performance, evaluative reports from internship supervisors, student subjective assessments of their experience in the degree program as reported via the ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire (GSQ), alumni surveys, and student performance in denominational ordination exams.  Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, the school implemented an additional assessment tool that utilizes student electronic portfolios to track student progress across the three-year curriculum.  In conjunction with the University’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness, the school also tracks graduation and placement rates.

The school’s five joint degree programs are also assessed using this assessment plan with adjustments to account for differing degree requirements. 

School of Divinity students are successful in a wide range of ministerial settings following graduation. The results of a survey for a typical graduating class (2016) six months after graduation show that 77 percent of MDiv graduates are currently employed in ministry, education, the non-profit and for-profit sectors; 9 percent are pursuing further education; 8 percent are engaged in other activities;  and 6 percent are seeking work.  Half of those seeking work have just completed yearlong CPE residencies and are newly entering the job market.