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Candler School of Theology offers seven degrees:

Candler also offers nine dual degrees:

Bioethics and Theology

A dual MTS/MA-Bioethics (Master of Arts in Bioethics) is offered in conjunction with the Laney Graduate School and the Center for Ethics. This degree allows students to earn both the MTS and MA-Bioethics in two years rather than in the usual three. Typically, the first year is spent at the Center for Ethics and the second year at Candler.

The schools maintain independent application procedures and candidates for the dual degree program must apply to and be accepted by both Candler and Laney. For information about the MTS portion of the MTS/MA-Bioethics, please contact Steve Kraftchick at skraftc@emory.edu.

Business and Theology

Candler offers dual degrees with either the Master of Divinity or the Master of Theological Studies and a Master of Business Administration in conjunction with Emory’s Goizueta Business School. This program allows the MDiv/MBA or MTS/MBA degrees to be earned in four or three years, respectively, both one year shorter than if the theology and business degrees were pursued separately. MDiv/MBA students typically start their first year at Candler, spend their second year at Goizueta, and then alternate between the schools for years three and four. MTS/MBA students usually spend their first year at Candler and the second year is spent at Goizueta.

Applicants apply to Candler and Goizueta separately, and if accepted to both schools, can enroll in the dual degree program. Goizueta Business School requires that all applicants take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). For information on the theology portion of either dual degree, contact Candler registrar’s office at candlerregistrar@emory.edu.

Development Practices and Theology

A dual Master of Divinity and Master's in Development Practices (MDiv/MDP) allows students to combine training and experience in international development with theological studies and formation for ministry. The MDP attends to both theoretical and applied methods of development and introduces students through interdisciplinary work to a variety of fields including global health, human rights, economics, governance, ecosystems, gender, energy and engineering. Research methods, program evaluation and assessment are central to the MDP program.

A student in this dual degree program typically matriculates concurrently in Candler and the Laney Graduate School (MDP) and may complete the requirements for both degrees in four years (instead of the five required to attain the degrees separately). The typical sequence of courses requires students to enroll full-time at Candler in the first year. The subsequent two years are in the MDP program and include two consecutive summers of full-time international field practicums. Those placements are arranged through the MDP with approved NGOs. The student is enrolled full-time at Candler in the fourth year.

The schools maintain independent application procedures and different tuition costs and candidates for the dual-degree program must apply to and be accepted by both Candler and the MDP program.

Law and Theology

Candler offers dual degrees with either the Master of Divinity or the Master of Theological Studies and a Juris Doctor degree in conjunction with Emory’s School of Law. The MDiv/JD is a five-year degree, while the MTS/JD is a four-year degree, both one year shorter than if the theology and law degrees were pursued separately. Students typically begin their studies with their first year at Candler, spend their second year at the Law School, and then alternate between the schools for their remaining time. Financing is coordinated between the two schools.

Applicants apply to Candler and Emory Law School separately, and if accepted to both schools, can enroll in the dual degree program. Applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), administered by Law Services of Newtown, Penn.

Public Health and Theology

Candler offers dual degrees with either the Master of Divinity or the Master of Theological Studies and a Master of Public Health in conjunction with Emory's Rollins School of Public Health. This program allows the MDiv/MPH or MTS/MPH degrees to be earned in four or three years, respectively, both one year shorter than if the theology and public health degrees were pursued separately. Typically, students spend the first year at Candler, the second year at Rollins and the remaining years are spent back at Candler.

The schools maintain independent application procedures and candidates for the dual-degree program must apply to and be accepted by both Candler and Rollins. For information on the MDiv or MTS portion of the degree, contact the Candler registrar’s office at candlerregistrar@emory.edu.

Social Work and Theology

The Master of Divinity and Master of Science in Social Work (MDiv/MSW)* is designed for those interested in considering the role of faith and religious institutions in community health and development, the care of individuals in poverty and crisis, responses to systemic and institutional injustice, and issues of social transformation. The degree is offered in partnership with the University of Georgia’s (UGA) School of Social Work. The MDiv/MSW will be a four-year program with the MDiv work concentrated primarily in years one and four and the MSW components in years two and three.

Students must apply to and be accepted by both Candler and UGA. For information on the MDiv portion of the MDiv/MSW, contact the Candler registrar’s office at candlerregistrar@emory.edu.

*Slated for launch fall 2014 pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities and the Association of Theological Schools.


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