The mission of Candler School of Theology is to educate faithful and creative leaders for the church's ministries in the world. We are dedicated to expanding knowledge of religion and theology, deepening spiritual life, strengthening the public witness of the churches, and building upon the breadth of Christian traditions, particularly the Wesleyan heritage, for the positive transformation of church and world. We are one of 13 United Methodist seminaries, with an enrollment of nearly 500 students representing 44 denominations and more than 7,000 alumni worldwide.
Candler prepares real people to make a real difference in the real world. “Cookie-cutter” sameness is not a Candler characteristic. We are people of every stripe–reflecting and embracing our own ethnic origins, theological perspectives, denominations, political viewpoints, age, and personal stories of faith. What we share is our commitment to Christ and the church. Learn more about what makes Candler REAL.
Candler’s Contextual Education Program for Master of Divinity (MDiv) students sets the standard. We marry thought and action by integrating rigorous coursework, supervised field experience, and pastor-led reflection groups. Many seminaries require a placement in either social ministry settings or church settings. Candler requires both.
Candler is at the heart of Emory University, geographically and philosophically. This central vantage point opens opportunities for cross-disciplinary discourse and study. Candler students, faculty, and staff connect with other schools, research centers, and internships in ways that aren’t typical of most seminaries.
Our vibrant hometown is a big city (five professional sports teams, packed calendar of cultural events, the headquarters of leading Fortune 500 companies) made up of the most welcoming small communities anywhere (walkable neighborhoods, farmers markets, local festivals). There are about 3,000 churches in the metro area and a rich variety of nearby spiritual retreat options. Popular getaways include mountain and beach destinations–both an easy drive away.