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The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is a three-year professional graduate degree (78 credit) 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 MDiv curriculum to provide students with options for satisfying the degree requirements.
The Master of Divinity program offers both full-time residential and commuter options, all within a diverse, dynamic, and justice-minded community. Our seminarians change the world by bringing a grounded, critical, and compassionate presence to the major personal, social, political and scientific realities of our time. The challenging curriculum fuses ancient wisdom with cutting-edge anti-racist, feminist, LGBTQ+ and postcolonial social theory, all within a multi-faith and interreligious context.
The program requires 78 credits over three years:
- Foundational coursework in five fields of study: Bible/Sacred Text, History, Theology and Ethics, Practical Theology, and Interreligious Engagement
- One-year integrative field education program
- Selected concentration in a specific area of study
- Flexible electives in a variety of justice-oriented subject areas
M.Div. students come to Union with diverse religious backgrounds, academic interests, and vocational aspirations. Sometimes students’ interests and plans change as they learn, grow, and progress through the program. That is why Union has designed a flexible M.Div. curriculum that provides students with four different tracks for satisfying degree requirements.
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Buddhism and Interreligious Engagement
Islam and Interreligious Engagement
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This course introduces the field of interreligious engagement through readings, site visits, spiritual practices, and
self-reflection. It aims to cultivate understanding of the phenomenon of religious diversity, central questions and
concerns that arise in relation to religious diversity, and prominent approaches to interreligious engagement.
This course explores tenets, movements, leading figures and issues central to what has come to be known as
socially engaged Buddhism. In addition to exploring how these movements initially responded to the colonial and
wartime contexts from which they emerged, students examine the critiques that engaged Buddhism offers current
social and economic realities, as well as Buddhism’s own institutions and practices.
African American churches face unique social, economic and political challenges in the 21st century. To effectively
serve their congregations in these increasingly fraught times, it is crucial for African American pastors to be
equipped to fully comprehend the implications of important events and issues in the public square, to adequately
communicate their significance to congregation and community, and to suggest constructive ways to respond.
This course will discuss some of the most pressing of those issues and explore biblically-based strategies to address
The course traces women’s participation and leadership in the black freedom movement from the nation’s
founding until today, including women’s resistance to enslavement, petitioning for reparations, organizing against
lynching, and developing legal frameworks for equal rights.
Union is a place for those who understand ministry in the broadest of terms. Recognizing the many different ways individuals can bring their call to social justice to life, we accommodate a wide variety of paths for students to fulfill their field education requirement.
While many students choose traditional sites, like serving in churches, hospitals, and hospice programs, Union students have also worked on Rikers Island teaching horticulture to the incarcerated, and one even took an entire year to bike around the world in support of the Millennium Development Goals.
Whatever a student’s path, Union’s field education program transfigures mere “work in the field” into an integrative education that brings together knowledge, skill, moral integrity, religious tradition, and religious commitment. These elements combine to create an engaged ministerial practice that gives students a foundation for success in pursuing their call, whatever they may discover it to be.
Hear From Our Students
There are over 100 field sites open to Union’s MDiv students to select from. These sites provide a meaningful experience aligned with the varied interests and goals of the prospective student. Read our recent Field Education student profiles to learn more about the program.Field Education Profiles