Scholarships and Aid

Candler Scholarships

Candler’s scholarship program is among the most generous you’ll find because we’re committed to making a world-class theological education affordable. In 2021-22, with the support of generous donors, we awarded $7 million in financial aid, with 95% of all students and 100% of Master of Divinity students receiving scholarship assistance. In fact, students say the financial support they receive from Candler is one of the top five reasons they decided to enroll.

Availability and Coverage

Candler scholarships are available to students in the MDiv, MRL, MTS, ThM, and DMin programs, and 95% of students receive one. While some scholarships are based on denomination, affiliation with a United Methodist annual conference, or vocational intent, many scholarships are open to all students in these programs. Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies scholarships begin at 50% of tuition and range to full tuition plus stipend. MDiv students who are certified candidates for ordination in The United Methodist Church receive scholarships covering 100% of tuition.

Application Process

The best part? It’s incredibly easy to be considered for a Candler scholarship. Your application for admission doubles as your application for scholarships. Those who apply by their degree program’s priority deadline and complete the FAFSA will have the best chance of receiving support. Plus, if you apply by January 15, you’ll be considered for Leadership Candler, a unique, two-day campus visit event for prospective students in Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, and Master of Religious Leadership programs.

Early Action Option for MDivs

Apply to Candler’s MDiv program by November 1 and you’ll receive an admission decision and an initial scholarship offer by December 15. Plus, you will still be considered for Candler’s biggest scholarship awards—Woodruff Fellowships and Dean and Faculty Scholarships—in January and February.

Additional Scholarship and Aid Opportunities


Special Veterans Scholarships

Candler is proud to support the men and women who have served our country in the United States armed forces. We work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer eligible MDiv, MRL, MTS and ThM students a scholarship match. This scholarship requires additional steps beyond completing an application for admission at Candler, so contact Emory University’s Office of the Registrar for additional information.


Federal Student Aid

The U.S. Department of Education administers several types of financial aid through the Office of Federal Student Aid. One of the most common types of government-sponsored aid for graduate or professional school is a federal student loan. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is the first step toward getting federal aid. After your FAFSA is in and you’ve been considered for Candler scholarships, staff in Emory University’s Office of Financial Aid will determine your eligibility for federal loans.


Private Student Loans

Private loans are made by banks, credit unions, or state agencies, and should only be used for students who have a shortfall with traditional federal student loans.