Protected: Master of Divinity

Union’s Master of Divinity degree is a three-year professional degree for those seeking ministry or related vocations in a broad range of settings, including churches, hospital and prison chaplaincies, professional counseling, social work, secondary school or university settings, academia, or in business, government, nonprofit, or journalism.

The Master of Divinity program offers both full-time residential and part-time 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, Church History, Theology/ Ethics, Practical Theology, and  Interreligious Engagement
  • One-year integrative field education program
  • Flexible electives in a variety of justice-oriented subject areas
  • Thesis or final project

A Program as Flexible as You Are:

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.

Sample Classes

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Ministerial Leadership

Click here to view the program guide for this pathway.

Buddhism and Interreligious Engagement

Visit The Thích Nhất Hạnh Program for Engaged Buddhism to learn more about Buddhist Studies on campus and click here to view the program guide.

Islam and Interreligious Engagement

Visit Islam, Social Justice, and Interreligious Engagement (ISJIE) to learn more about Islamic Studies on campus and click here to view the program guide.

Anglican Studies with EDS at Union

Visit EDS at Union to learn more about Anglican Studies on campus and click here to view the program guide.

Field Education

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.

Ministry with Migrants

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Union alumni/ae embark on a diverse range of vocations, from ordained ministry to law to non-profit leadership. In our Alums in the World profiles, we explore our graduates’ professional lives. Gabrielle Sclafani received her M.Div. from Union in 2019, and is presently studying migration in Germany.  Tell me about what you’ll be doing next year.

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Caring for Others, Caring for Ourselves

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Many Union students participate in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs while at seminary. Our CPE profiles give insight to what students learn. Naomi Madaras is a Master of Divinity student at Union in her second year with a concentration in Psychology and Religion. This summer she completed her CPE at New York Presbyterian Allen Hospital

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Field Ed Profile: Danielle Williams-Thiam at CONNECT Faith

Monday, February 25, 2019

Field education at Union provides an opportunity for students to bring together their education, skill, and religious commitment in a way that can help them discover their call. Students do their field work in a wide variety of locations, from churches to shelters to non-profit organizations. This week, we spoke with Danielle Williams-Thiam, a second-year

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Field Ed Profile: Hope Fried at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s

Friday, November 16, 2018

Field education at Union provides an opportunity for students to bring together their education, skill, and religious commitment in a way that can help them discover their call. Students do their field work in a wide variety of locations, from churches to shelters to non-profit organizations. Hope Fried, a second-year M.Div. student, is doing her

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Field Ed Profile: Ian Case at Manhattan Detention Complex

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Field education at Union provides an opportunity for students to bring together their education, skill, and religious commitment in a way that can help them discover their call. Students do their field work in a wide variety of locations, from churches to shelters to non-profit organizations. Ian Case, a second-year M.Div. student, is doing his

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Field Ed Profile: Shelby Johnson at SAGE

Monday, November 5, 2018

Field education at Union provides an opportunity for students to bring together their education, skill, and religious commitment in a way that can help them discover their call. Students do their fieldwork in a wide variety of locations, from churches to shelters to non-profit organizations. Shelby Johnson, a 2nd-year student at Union, is currently working

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Field Ed Profile: Hassan Henderson-Lott at CARSS

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Field education at Union provides an opportunity for students to bring together their education, skill, and religious commitment in a way that can help them discover their call. Students do their field work in a wide variety of locations, from churches to shelters to non-profit organizations. Hassan Henderson-Lott, now a 3rd year student at Union,

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