Degrees in Yale Divinity School
Master of Arts in Religion
This two-year program offers the opportunity to prepare for new
and special forms of ministry that do not require ordination. Students
may elect to complete either a comprehensive program that introduces
the basic theological disciplines, or a concentrated program of
study in preparation for one of the many forms of lay ministry or
The Comprehensive Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.)
The Comprehensive M.A.R. Program emphasizes general studies in
the basic theological disciplines without stressing ordination as
a goal. Institute students in this program use their electives for
further graduate-level study in music and the arts. Some matriculate
in doctoral programs in religious studies or musicology.
The Concentrated Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.)
Students may apply for the Concentrated M.A.R. Program in Religion
and the Arts (either the visual arts or literature or music) or in Liturgical
Studies. Basic course work at the Divinity School is integrated
with studies on the graduate level within the professional schools
and the Graduate School department appropriate to the concentration.
Undergraduate preparation in the concentration sufficient for work
on the graduate level is required.
Extended Degree Program
An extended degree program is offered for selected students in
the concentrated M.A.R. programs. This allows students to take up
to six additional three-hour courses during a third academic year
in the program.
No more than fifteen students will be admitted to this program
each year. An application for admission to the extended degree program
must include both a statement explaining why the student wishes
to extend a concentrated M.A.R. program and a letter of recommendation
from at least one faculty member in the field in which the degree
program is concentrated. Applicants will be selected by a committee
appointed by the dean; the committee shall consist of one faculty
member from each teaching group related to a concentrated M.A.R.
Applications for admission to the extended concentrated M.A.R.
program are due by October 1 of the third term of a students
concentrated M.A.R. program. Admission decisions will be announced
by November 1 of that term.
Master of Divinity
This three-year program (sometimes including a fourth year of internship)
is designed as a preparation for the ordained ministry. Its comprehensive
plan of studies includes intensive work in the areas of Bible, theology,
history, religion, and culture, and the practice of ministry. Institute
students in this program use their electives for further graduate-level
study in music and the arts.
M.A.R. students in the ISM who wish to transfer to the M.Div. program must apply to the ISM faculty for admission and a third year of ISM funding. Applications are due by October 15 of the third term of a student’s concentrated M.A.R. program. Admission and funding decisions will be announced by November 1 of that term.
Master of Sacred Theology
This one-year program is available to graduates of theological
schools who have completed the Master of Divinity degree. It is
designed to provide advanced training for a specialized form of
service. The area of specialization should be proposed at the time
(updated June 2009)