Two people at a computer

Dual Degree Business and Theology

Candler offers dual degrees with either the Master of Divinity or the Master of Theological Studies and a Master of Business Administration in conjunction with Emory’s Goizueta Business School. This program allows the MDiv/MBA or MTS/MBA degrees to be earned in four or three years, respectively, both one year shorter than if the theology and business degrees were pursued separately.

Applicants apply to Candler and Goizueta separately, and if accepted to both schools, can enroll in the dual degree program. Goizueta Business School requires that all applicants take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

MDiv/MBA students typically start their first year at Candler, spend their second year at Goizueta, and then alternate between the schools for years three and four.

MTS/MBA students usually spend their first year at Candler and the second year is spent at Goizueta. Students must register and pay tuition for three semesters in Goizueta and three semesters in Candler but may take courses in either school.

Financing is coordinated between the two schools. Candler scholarships and grants are applicable only to those semesters in which the student is in residency in the School of Theology.

Degree Requirements

In order to meet degree requirements for the MDiv, the student must complete a minimum of 73 hours at Candler. All requirements are the same as a traditional MDiv student but with fewer elective hours.

In order to meet degree requirements for the MTS, the student must complete a minimum of 39 hours at Candler, including either the MTS Thesis or MTS Integrative Paper completed as part of the MTS capstone course. 

For information on the theology portion of either dual degree, contact Candler registrar’s office at