Single Degrees

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Single Degrees

Candler School of Theology offers seven single degrees, with the option for specialization in a number of disciplines.

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Designed for individuals who are preparing for ordained ministry, the Master of Divinity integrates real life and real study that encompass two years of practical experience in both ecclesial and social ministry settings. Learn more.


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Master of Religious Leadership (MRL)

The Master of Religious Leadership is designed to enhance the leadership potential of those interested in Christian service. Students can choose from five concentrations to find the one that fits their particular gifts. Learn more.


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Master of Religion and Public Life (MRPL)

The Master of Religion and Public Life is designed for professionals in law, healthcare, social work, education and other fields whose work requires them to navigate issues of faith on a regular basis. Learn more.


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Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

The two-year Master of Theological Studies program is for students interested in exploring theology without preparing for ordained ministry. Students design the program of study based on their area of interest. Learn more.


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Master of Theology (ThM)

A one-year program of study beyond the Master of Divinity, the Master of Theology is for students who wish to deepen their knowledge in a particular area of study in order to enhance their vocation or ministry. Learn more.


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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

The three-year Doctor of Ministry—with a 90 percent online curriculum taught by full-time Candler faculty—allows experienced practitioners to explore the latest in theological education within the real world of everyday, practical church ministry. Learn more.


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Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling (ThD)

The equivalent of a PhD, the Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling degree combines rigorous academics and clinical practice to apply and integrate theory and skills in both pastoral care and counseling. Learn more.


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