Yale Divinity School
Building on its centuries-old traditions, Yale Divinity School fulfills a critical role preparing leaders for service in church and world at a time of dramatic shifts in the theological landscape. More than ever, the YDS student body represents a wide range of cultures, ethnicities and faith communities from around the world, taught by faculty eager to accept the educational challenges of an increasingly globalized environment. Outside the classroom, but equally important to the YDS experience, are the deeply inspirational daily chapel services reflecting the great variety of worship traditions that have evolved over the millennia.
Following in the footsteps of such Yale theological luminaries and preachers as Jonathan Edwards, H. Richard Niebuhr and William Sloane Coffin, Jr., YDS students may prepare for a life of ordained or lay ministry by enrolling in one of three degree-granting programs: Master of Divinity (M.DIV.), Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.), and Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.).
In this ecumenical, nonsectarian setting within the broader Yale University community, the Divinity School brings together faith and intellect in service to its mission: “To foster the knowledge and love of God through critical engagement with the traditions of the Christian churches in the context of the contemporary world.”