At a Glance

Our Community

Cookie-cutter sameness is not a Candler characteristic. We are people of every stripe—reflecting and embracing our own ethnic origins, theological perspectives, denominations, political viewpoints, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and personal stories of faith. What we share is our commitment to Jesus Christ, the church, and to joining God’s work of positive transformation in the world.

Our Story

The School of Theology held its first classes in September 1914. In 1915, it was the first building to be constructed on Emory University's new Druid Hills campus, and was named Candler School of Theology—though history is fuzzy on whether it was in honor of Methodist Bishop Warren A. Candler or his brother, the school's founding benefactor Asa G. Candler.

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Our Dean

Jan Love, Mary Lee Hardin Willard Dean and Professor of Christianity and World Politics, was appointed Candler's dean in 2007.

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Our Faculty

Candler professors value scholarship, teaching, and serving the church in equal measure. They’ll get to know you and you’ll get to know them—a rare treat made possible by our 7:1 student/faculty ratio, among the lowest of our peer institutions.

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Fast Facts

Degrees Offered

Plus 12 concentrations and 7 academic certificates

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Master's Degrees


Dual Degree Options


Doctoral Degree

Learning Formats

Candler offers courses in multiple formats for increased flexibility

Choose the format that best suits your learning style, location, and schedule. Four of Candler's six degrees have hybrid or online options—MDiv, MRL, MRPL and DMin.

in person, usually on campus

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hybrid option

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online option

Financial Aid

Candler’s robust financial aid program makes seminary possible

Affording Candler

Financial concerns shouldn't keep you from answering your call. Candler offers generous financial aid because we want a Candler education to be within your reach.


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Student Enrollment


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Denominations Represented

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Top 5 denominations by number of students: UMC, Baptist, Nondenominational, Episcopal/Anglican, and Presbyterian. Plus, vibrant denominational programs for fellowship and study for those from Baptist, Catholic, Episcopal/Anglican, and Methodist traditions.


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Candler Students

Our diverse student body is the heart of the Candler community

Student Life at Candler

We are diverse in many ways: geography and culture, race and ethnicity, denomination, age, callings, and more. Here are just a few data points to illustrate the breadth of our student body.


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Candler Faculty

They are teacher-scholars in the fullest sense

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By almost any measure, Candler has one of the most diverse and accomplished faculties in theological education. And because of our 7:1 student-teacher ratio, they are accessible, too—not something every top-tier research institution can say.


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Rankings & Recognitions

10 reasons to love Candler? How about 12?
(We promise you’ll add more to your own unique list.)