Master of Religion and Public Life (MRPL)

The Master of Religion and Public Life (MRPL) is designed for professionals in law, health care, social work, education and other fields whose work requires them to negotiate issues of faith. Slated for launch in fall 2014 pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Theological Schools.

Aims of the Program

The MRPL program is for those who seek specialized training to enhance their ability to serve the church and the world in other capacities. The degree is ideal for professionals who desire improved understanding of the specific demands and concerns of religious traditions they encounter at work, as well as to gain a more general appreciation for the ways in which religion shapes the public landscape of 21st century North America.

The curriculum is designed for completion by a part-time or a full-time student in one to four years. Classes will be held on the Emory campus at Candler, but many classes will be offered on evenings and weekends to accommodate career professionals with full-time work commitments.

The Candler MRPL program seeks to promote: 

Students enrolled in the Candler MRPL program will upon completion of their degree be able to: 

For more information about the MRPL program, contact Candler’s Admissions Office at 404.727.6326 or