February 27, 2020

Is a Master of Divinity Right for You?

Do you feel a call to religious leadership? Do you want to find a way to serve your community and hold space for people most in need? Do you want to strengthen your relationship with your faith? Do you want to create a safe, welcoming spiritual community? Do you want to foster your own leadership abilities?

If that describes you and your values, then a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree may the first step to answering your call! At Starr King School for the Ministry, our Master of Divinity program​ is designed for individuals like you who want to become religious leaders equipped to counter oppressions and create just and sustainable communities. Read our blog to learn more about our M.Div. program and how it can help shape your future!

What is a Master of Divinity?

A ​Master of Divinity​ is a graduate degree program offered at Starr King that covers the skills necessary to become a religious leader in a variety of different religious traditions. Parish ministry, community ministry, and chaplaincy are just some of the vocations that a degree in this program can prepare you for. Starr King’s M.Div. program welcomes Unitarian Universalists, Muslims, Buddhists, Wiccans, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Religious Humanists, practitioners of Indigenous Spiritual traditions, Quakers, spiritual seekers, and people with multiple religious belongings and hybrid religious identities.

Through our 90-credit program, our students meet their degree requirements through a personalized educational plan, designed in consultation with your faculty advisor, to best answer your unique calling.

Is a Master of Divinity Worth Earning?

In this program, we teach our students to answer their call and become the religious leaders our world desperately needs. Starr King’s educational model equips our students with the skills, knowledge, and professional capacity to counter oppressions; create just and sustainable communities; call forth compassion, wholeness, and liberation; and cultivate multi-religious life and learning. Upon graduation, your degree denotes that you are educated in a multidisciplinary study that combines skills in culture, history, language, and theology. A Master of Divinity from Starr King can open many doors to your future!

What Can I Do With a Master of Divinity?

After completing a Master of Divinity, your future could include a multitude of career opportunities in both religious and nonreligious roles. Here are some of the career opportunities that could be available to you as someone with a Master of Divinity:

  • Minister
  • Counselor
  • Chaplain
  • Educator
  • Inspirational speaker
  • Writer

What you do for your future calling depends on you and which of your skills you can use to bless the world!

Graduates of Starr King

At Starr King, we are proud of our ​grads and the work they’ve done in communities around the world. Among our Unitarian Universalists alumni, many of them serve at the highest levels of our denomination’s leadership. Other graduates serve as chaplains, social change activists, spiritual directors, artists, interfaith ministers, and teachers.

Answer Your Calling

Now that you know more about our Master of Divinity program, you’re ready to take the next step and schedule a one-on-one meeting with one of our Admissions team members. Contact us​ to learn more about the application process, our other degree programs, and much more. We look forward to helping you on your path to progressive religious leadership!

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