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Master of Divinity

delfin bautista ’10 M.Div., Miami, FL
M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania
B.S.S.W., Florida International University
Ecumenical Catholic

"My studies at YDS have helped me shape and embrace a multi-vocalic identity that is rooted in Catholic principles and in my Latino heritage yet open to insights provided by other faith traditions and cultures."

Frances Sink ’10 M.Div., Wilton, CT
B.A., UNC Greensboro
Ph.D., Florida State University
Unitarian Universalist

"Ministerial formation happens inwardly but also collectively in shared conversation over books and meals, in worship, in service, and in play. "

Agnes Olusese 10 M.Div., Nairobi, Kenya
Bachelors of Law LL.B, The University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

“Through both the Master of Divinity and the Certificate in Security Studies programs I have been able to examine causes of conflict—religious and political—and ways different factions constituting the International community have been trying to resolve conflict.”


Master of Arts in Religion

Sean Suarez 11 M.A.R., Sewanee, TN/Winter Haven, FL
B.A. The University of the South

"Yale Divinity School prepares me for an academy and a world in which boundaries are becoming decreasingly clear and where it is increasingly important to be able to answer the question, 'Where am I?'"  


Rachel Watson '10 M.A.R., Paterson, NJ
BA, Yale University
Member of Madison Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Patterson, NJ

“While at YDS, I have developed a taste for the study of the Bible as literature, and not as the kind of literature that makes Book-of-the-Month clubs, but as the kind of art that wrestles with the human condition in the most surprising, gritty, and stubbornly hopeful ways.”


Master of Sacred Theology

Aidan Kwame Ahaligah 11 S.T.M., Agbozume-Volta Region, Ghana
M.A., Wartburg Theological Seminary; Dip. Theology, Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, Accra Ghana

“Here at YDS, I have been nurtured to comprehend that the Gospel challenges us to define prophetic responses to all injustice that threatens life in abundance, especially issues such as HIV-AIDS and tuberculosis, poverty, malaria, inimical traditional practices, the absence of amenities like safe drinking water, and the abuse of children and women.”


Byar Bowh Si 10 S.T.M., Myitkyina, Burma
B.Sc, Myitkyina University, M.Div., Myanmar Institute of Theology, M.Th., Oxford University

"Classes and seminars at both YDS and Yale University have helped me better articulate ideas and expressions and to think critically and theologically in relation to my own social, political and cultural context."


Joint Degree Programs

Andrew K. Barnett '12 M.Div., Edina, MN
Joint Degree: School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (Master of Environmental Management)
B.A, and B.M., Oberlin College and Conservatory
Episcopal Church

"As a joint master's student at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Yale Divinity School, I am cultivating an ecological ethic in my faith community—a call for stewardship that is rooted in love for creation."

Melissa Kurtz 11 M.A.R., Gainesville, FL
Joint Degree: Nursing
B.S., University of Florida; B.S., Berry College; M.A. Reformed Theological Seminary

"At Yale Divinity School, I have the opportunity to explore both theological and biomedical ethics, determining how each relates to the implementation of biomedical practices.  In addition, my studies in ethics provide a valuable lens through which to view the effects of health care practices on health care providers and recipients."

Kenneth Townsend ’12 M.A.R., Kosciusko, MS
Joint Degree: Law School, J.D.
B.A., Millsaps College
M.Phil., Oxford University
United Methodist

"Classes such as 'Faith and Globalization,' taught by Tony Blair and Miroslav Volf, have opened special opportunities for thinking about faith and the public sphere."