For each entering class, Union aims to assemble a student body that represents a diversity of gifts and talents, academic backgrounds, scholastic and personal experiences, professional aspirations, ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, and religions. Applicants for most degrees are not required to have previously studied religion, but strong preparation in the liberal arts is expected.
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Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a three-year professional graduate degree for those looking to become ordained or serve in a ministerial vocation. Students come to Union with diverse backgrounds, interests, and aspirations, so Union has designed a flexible M.Div. curriculum that provides students with options for satisfying degree requirements.
Students can choose one of four possible pathways to fulfill degree requirements:
- Ministerial Leadership
- Anglican Studies (Episcopal Divinity School at Union)
- Buddhism & Interreligious Engagement
- Islam & Interreligious Engagement
Read more about the M.Div. program here.
Master of Arts
The Master of Arts (M.A.) is a two-year academic degree that prepares students for a variety of professional positions by providing a basic understanding of theological disciplines as related to the interests of study. Students must specify an area of concentration as approved by the faculty advisor to the program.
Read more about the M.A. Program here.
Master of Divinity & Social Work Joint Degree Programs
Master of Divinity/Master of Science in Social Work (M.Div./M.S.S.W) in partnership with Columbia University:
This program is designed for those who plan to seek vocations within traditional religious ministries, or for those considering careers in the helping professions. Candidates can complete requirements for both degrees in one four-year program, and are required to apply and gain admission to both Union and Columbia’s School of Social Work. Applications can be made concurrently, or application to Columbia can be made after admission to the M.Div. program.
Dual Degree Program in Social Work and Divinity (MDiv-MSW) in partnership with Hunter College:
The MDiv-MSW Dual Degree builds upon each program’s history of social justice, community empowerment, and service. This streamlined curriculum removes overlapping course requirements; cross-honors electives; and ensures that students achieve competencies required among both MSW and MDiv graduates. Students who graduate from the MDiv-MSW Dual Degree Program will be highly prepared for professional practice that integrates spirituality with clinical social work and social welfare.
For more details about the curriculum, please click here.
Master of Sacred Theology
The Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) degree is a one-year program offering for those who already have a theological degree at the time of application to provide a fuller mastery of one area or discipline related to teaching or ministry. As part of the completion of this program, the student must write an extended research paper on a topic of the student’s choice and must pass a translation exam in a modern language or provide documentary evidence of having passed Hebrew or Greek in Seminary. This program is frequently appealing for International students, who will demonstrate that they have studied in a baccalaureate program of comparable rigor, and attained a high standing.
Read more about the S.T.M. program here.
Doctor of Philosophy
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program offers advanced study in major specialization related to theological studies, as well as a minor concentration in one of these areas or other related academic disciplines. With a combination of seminars, teaching assistantships, linguistic study, and examinations, the program culminates in a dissertation project related to the student’s specializations. By completing this program, individuals are prepared for careers in teaching and research as well as leadership positions in academic and religious institutions, or at social service or social justice agencies.
Read more about the Ph.D. program here.
Click on the tweet below to read a thread about selecting your advisor from current Union Ph.D. student, Jorge Rodriguez.
The advice I continue giving folks looking into PhD programs is to look for an advisor who is kind.
Don’t look for the “most brilliant” advisor. Look for the person who is kind, who mentors you, lifts you up.
And pro-tip: kind folks are usually the most brilliant. #PhDChat
— Jorge J Rodríguez V (@JJRodV) January 24, 2019
Doctor of Ministry Program in Spiritual Care Education and Leadership
Union Theological Seminary offers the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in Spiritual Care Education and Leadership for students who want to become Certified Educators to teach Clinical Pastoral Education programs, to demonstrate competences for Clinical Educators who want to be certified as National Faculty, or to fill positions of leadership in religious or social service or social justice agencies.
Read more about the D.Min. program here.