Facts and Figures


Academic Programs

  • Master of Divinity (MDiv)
  • Interdisciplinary Degrees: 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

  • Religious Leadership in Food, Health, and Ecology
  • Sustainability
  • Episcopal Studies

2019 – 2020 Student Body

  • Enrollment: 106
    • Joint Degree Participation
      • Counseling: 6
      • Education: 1
      • Law: 3
      • Sustainability: 1
  • Profile
    • 59% identify as female
    • 66% age 30 or under (students range in age from 21 to 66)
    • 44% identify as students of color
  • Students come from:
    • 71 different colleges and universities and more than 50 educational backgrounds
    • 24 states
    • 6 countries (United States, Bahamas, Canada, Germany, Liberia, South Africa)
    • Over 38 religious affiliations


  • 15 full-time faculty
  • 2 shared University Professors

Student-Faculty Ratio

  • 7:1

Tuition (2019-2020)

  • $20,600

Community and Lifelong Learning Opportunities

  • Audit a Course
  • Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program
  • Faith-Based Nonprofit Leadership Program
  • Clergy in Community
  • Thriving in Ministry
  • The Collaborative for Public Religious Leadership
  • The Baptist Commons

Our Alumni

Graduates of the School of Divinity serve in various religious leadership positions and in other fields:

  • 36% in congregational ministry
  • 13% in chaplaincy
  • 11% in non-profit work
  • 10% in education
  • 3% in counseling
  • 6% are completing additional education (PhD, second Masters, etc.)
  • 21% 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

Accreditation Information

Wake Forest University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Wake Forest University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website https://www.sacscoc.org.

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:

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.