Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Offered in the Theological School’s Graduate Division of Religion, the Doctor of Philosophy degree supports graduate research in such fields as American religious history, biblical studies, Christianity in late antiquity, liturgical studies, theology and philosophy, Christian ethics, and the anthropology, psychology and sociology of religion.

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

The Doctor of Ministry program at Drew is a quality, multidisciplinary program for ministerial leaders who have distinguished themselves in the practice of ministry.

It demands both a “group process” (of finding your passion and becoming a prophet) and a “professional contribution” (an implemented, evaluated and critically articulated act of ministry) in a professional thesis project.

The degree requires at least six semesters for completion, and features a stellar, mobile faculty and flexible curriculum.

Most groups form in the fall, continue to meet through winter and spring, and come together after the first year for a four-week summer intensive at the Drew campus. The program culminates in a professional project and publishable paper of one’s process, findings and learnings.

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

The Master of Divinity degree is a  three-year, 84-credit program that is the most widely recognized and accepted degree for religious professionals. Many denominations require the M. Div. for ordination.

Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.)

The Master of Sacred Theology program is a one-year, 18 credit, degree program for those who have already completed the M. Div. or its equivalent and who wish to pursue further study in a particular academic field within the curriculum of the Theological School.

Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Master of Arts program is a two-year master’s degree designed for students who wish to attain a foundation for further studies in religion at the doctoral level, to explore the religious disciplines for personal interests or to acquire a background for teaching at the secondary level. This degree is not designed to lead to ordination and does not presuppose any particular faith stance.

Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.Min.)

The Master of Arts in Ministry degree is a two-year, 45-credit, professional master’s degree for students preparing for leadership in congregations, non-profit agencies, or other organizations. It may also be used by those who are preparing for ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist church.

United Methodist Certification Programs

Professional certification recognizes that an individual has been called and is making a commitment to serve with excellence in an area of specialized ministry. Professional certification is available to lay persons, ordained deacons and elders, local pastors and diaconal ministers. Students enrolled in MA/ MDiv degree programs may take the certification classes as electives. United Methodist students will be certified by their annual conferences working with the General Board of Higher Education. Non-Methodist students will receive a Certificate directly from Drew.

Theological Lifelong Learning

The Center for Theological Lifelong learning aims to equip clergy and lay leaders to effectively address emerging and ongoing issues in ministry by providing relevant leadership education programs, provide advanced theological education beyond the structure of degree programs by opening graduate courses to non-degree participants, and strengthen the spiritual lives of all people through deep Christian study and reflection.

If you would like to discuss which degree program is best suited to your plans, please feel free to contact the Admissions Office at 973-408-3111 or the Associate Academic Dean at 973-408-3647.


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