At a Glance

Candler School of Theology's New Building Completed in 2008Candler's mission 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 43 denominations and more than 7,500 alumni worldwide.

The REAL Story

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, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, and personal stories of faith. What we share is our commitment to Christ and the church. Learn more about what makes Candler REAL.

Fast Facts

Degree Choices

Dual Degrees

Certificate and Denominational Programs

Candler students enrolled in the Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies degree programs may earn a certificate in conjuction with their degree in one of the following areas:

The Candler Advantage

Candler combines rigorous academics, extensive field work and intentional reflection like no other seminary. We are real people, with real commitments, engaged in real dialogue, working to make a real difference in the real world.

The Emory Advantage

Candler is at the heart of Emory University, geographically and philosophically. This central vantage point opens opportunities for cross-disciplinary conversation, study and service.** Candler students, faculty and staff connect with other schools, research centers and internships in ways that are not typical of most seminaries.

The Atlanta Advantage

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. Through the Atlanta Theological Association (ATA), Candler students can take advantage of the resources at other seminaries, including Columbia Theological Seminary, Erskine Theological Seminary, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. Popular getaways include mountain and beach destinations -- both an easy drive away.

*Slated to launch in 2016, pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Theological Schools.

**Nearly 300 Emory faculty from across the disciplines list religion as a research interest.