Additional Opportunities for Study


Internships are a student-initiated practical experience for which academic credit is given. Students may intern with a church, an agency, or an existing internship program. Internships provide students with an opportunity to tailor their course of study to meet specific learning goals, to enrich and/or complement their courses, to gain more experience in a particular aspect of ministry, or to obtain greater exposure to a range of vocational pathways and professional opportunities.

They can be an important avenue for discernment of the student’s professional ministry, service, and calling. To get ideas for an internship opportunity, visit Internships may be taken for variable credit hours, with no more than six hours granted toward the MDiv or MTS degree. MRL students are required to take a total of six hours of credit. MRPL students are allowed to take up to three hours of internship credit.

Students wishing to receive credit for an internship will find instructions on how to enroll at Credit will be awarded when all the reporting required to confirm successful completion of the internship has been submitted to and approved by the Contextual Education Office.

To be eligible to participate in internships, students must be certified to be in good academic standing by the Candler Registrar. Students participating in internships will be required to complete Stewards of Children—Adults Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse training, SAP-G training, and a criminal background check. To learn more about internships, students can contact the Office of Contextual Education at 404.727.4178 or visit

Clinical Pastoral Education

Basic Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is available to seminarians during the fall, spring, and summer of each year at sites accredited by the national Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). CPE is most often located in hospitals, clinics, and community agencies, and the program has a concentrated focus on pastoral care, counseling, and relational skills development. Some traditions (e.g., Episcopal, particular UM Conferences) require CPE for ordination. In those cases, students are responsible for determining and fulfilling these requirements. CPE can be a part of a person’s preparation for parish ministry, chaplaincy, lay ministry, teaching, and counseling. Students apply directly to the site where they would like to do CPE. Once accepted into a particular CPE program, students can apply for Candler academic credit for CPE through the Office of Contextual Education. Students may be awarded variable credit hours for CPE, with no more than six hours granted toward the MDiv degree as Contextual Education elective credit.

To learn more about Clinical Pastoral Education, visit

U.S. Educational Opportunities

Candler has agreements for its students with the General Theological Seminary (New York, N.Y.) and Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, D.C.). Registration, financial aid, and approval for transfer credit for these programs must be approved prior to study. To be eligible to participate, students must be certified to be in good academic standing by the registrar. For further information, contact the assistant dean of student life and spiritual formation, Ellen Echols Purdum, at 404.727.4538 or

The General Theological Seminary

Located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, The General Theological Seminary's mission is to educate and form leaders for the church in a changing world. Chartered by the General Convention in 1817, General's very name was chosen to reflect the intention of its founders: that it would serve the entire Episcopal Church. Church leaders conceived a theological institution that would belong to the whole Episcopal Church, where students from all parts of the country would come to prepare for ordination. The school unites academics, worship, and life in community in the process of formation for ministry, whether lay or ordained. While students who live on campus are free to develop their own individual routines, nearly all worship in General’s chapel as a part of their daily life, as do faculty members and many members of the staff. Services in the chapel include the Eucharist, Morning and Evening Prayer, and Compline. In addition to numerous degree offerings, General is home to a Center for Christian Spirituality and the Desmond Tutu Center for Peace and Reconciliation. Candler students may apply for a one semester or yearlong exchange at General.

National Capital Semester for Seminarians (NCSS)

Candler is a participating seminary in the National Capital Semester for Seminarians (NCSS), a semester-long, intensive program of study in ethics, theology, and public policy. It brings together seminary students from accredited theological schools across the country for a combination of classroom experience, field visits, and internships. The NCSS program takes place in the spring semester and is open to any student who has completed at least one year of a degree program accredited by the ATS and is recommended by their home seminary. Tuition is paid at the regular tuition rate to the student’s home institution. Housing and meals are made available at Wesley Theological Seminary and paid for by the student.

International Educational Opportunities

Candler offers many opportunities for international involvement. In addition, Emory’s campuswide international programs offer exposure to other cultures and discussion of current international issues through speakers, forums, films, and festivals.

Candler organizations, including the Candler International Student Association (CISA), the Candler African Theological Students Association (CATSA), the Emory Korean Graduate Student Association (EKGSA), and the Candler Latin American Community also sponsor internationally focused programs. Students may study with visiting professors from other nations and may participate in courses with short-term international study components. Listed below are Candler’s regular offerings for short- and long-term theological study abroad. Registration, leave of absence, financial aid, and approval of transfer credit for study abroad programs must be arranged prior to study. To be eligible to participate in courses and programs that require significant travel students must be certified to be in good academic standing by the Candler Registrar. This includes all Candlersponsored international programs. For further information, contact the assistant dean of student life and spiritual formation, Ellen Echols Purdum, at 404.727.4430 or

Aarhus University (AU)

Established on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula as a fortified Viking settlement, Aarhus is now the second-largest city in Denmark. Established in 1928, Aarhus University is Scandinavia's largest university and its leading public research university. The university has a total of 49 departments and schools and places a high priority on a close connection to business and industry. Candler’s exchange agreement is specifically with the School of Culture and Society.

Africa University

Located just outside the eastern highlands city of Mutare in Zimbabwe, Africa University is a private, international higher education institution with both undergraduate and graduate programs, founded in March 1992 by the United Methodist Church. The faculty of theology offers seminars in major and minor areas in the following theological disciplines: Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Theology, and Ethics and areas in Applied Theology. Africa University is an English-speaking institution.

Georg-August Universität

The Theology School at Georg- August Universität, in Göttingen, Germany, is committed to the legacy of the Enlightenment. In addition to the traditionally strong disciplines of biblical studies and church history in the combination of systematic and practical theology in recent years, another focus emerged: the study of specific selfunderstanding and social perception of the Christian religion in the last two centuries. Most courses are taught in German, but there are summer institute scholarships available for immersion in German language. Students live in community with other German theology students and within walking distance of the city center and the university.

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)

Located in Kumasi, the second largest city in Ghana, dubbed the “garden city” and the historical and cultural center of the illustrious Asante peoples of West Africa, KNUST provides an excellent venue for the study of religion within the context of a major African university offering professional education predominantly in the sciences. All courses are in English. Course offerings include Religion and Science; Religion, Medicine and Health; Religion and Ecology; African Traditional Religions; Islam; Christianity in West Africa; Religion and Ethics; and Christianity and Culture.

Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität (LMU)

Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität is in Munich, Germany, and offers studies in Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox theology. Today, the faculty of Protestant Theology at LMU Munich has seven departments comprising 12 professorships: Old Testament Studies and New Testament Theology; Church History; Systematic Theology; Fundamental Theology and Ecumenics; Practical Theology; and Missiology and Studies of Religion. All lectures and seminars at the facility are held in German. Budget accommodations in convenient locations are available at the international Collegium Oecumenicum and in several Protestant halls of residence.

Methodist Theological University (MTU-Seoul)

Methodist Theological University (MTU) is located in Seoul, South Korea, where studies are offered in both English and Korean in the following areas: Bible, theology/ethics, church history, ecumenics, missiology, practical theology, cultural studies, and religious education.

Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico

The Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The seminary is known throughout Latin America and the Caribbean as a progressive center of theological study and a center for the study of politics and religion. All courses are taught in Spanish, although students have the option of writing their papers in English. Half of the required reading is in English. There are housing options on the seminary’s campus in dormitories and apartments, as well as with families.

St. Paul’s University Faculty of Theology

St. Paul’s is an ecumenical private chartered university founded in 1903 and located in Kenya, 30 kilometers from Nairobi. The university offers graduate degrees in Community Pastoral Care and HIV/AIDS, Theology, and Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. The university provides accommodation for single students as well as married students who wish to bring their families with them.

Stockholm School of Theology

Located in Bromma (a few kilometers from Stockholm) and close to the Castle of Åkeshof and its surroundings, Stockholm School of Theology (THS) is a place for intensive studies and reflection. THS provides graduate education in theology and offers a strong program in human rights. Most programs are in Swedish, but periodically courses or seminars are offered in the English language, according to need and interest. Scholarships are available from THS for Candler students participating in spring travel seminar to Israel and Palestine.

Trinity Theological College, Singapore

Located in Bukit Timah, Singapore, Trinity Theological College (TTC) serves all Christian churches and denominations by educating and equipping Christian leaders for the manifold ministries of the church across Asia. TTC houses the Center for the Study of Christianity in Asia which focuses on three research areas: Asian Christianity, Faith and Society, and Mission Practice. Other areas of study for students include Liturgy/Worship, Sacred Music and Christian Education. Unique to TTC is a rooftop prayer garden, supporting the school’s emphasis on student spiritual formation. Courses are taught in English.

Universidade Metodista de São Paulo

The School of Theology (FaTeo) is the founding faculty of Methodist University and has around 225 full-time students at its campus in São Bernardo do Campo just outside São Paulo. Methodist University has over 15,000 students in all degree programs, and is known for the strength of its programs in theology and religion as well as communications and business. Theology students live on-campus but participate in ministry sites throughout the São Paulo metropolitan region.

University of Helsinki

The Faculty of Theology is one of many undergraduate and graduate schools at the University of Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland. UH offers a unique masters program in RRE, Religious Roots of Europe.

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Located in South Africa, SORAT strives to create dialogue between academic reflection and social and community engagement on the African continent. There are programs in African theology, biblical studies, Catholic theology and Christian spirituality, comparative religion, gender and religion, Hindu studies, history of Christianity, Islamic studies, ministerial studies, religion and social transformation, religious education, systematic theology, and theology and development.

Wesley House

The Wesley House is a Methodist theological college that has access to and is affiliated with the University of Cambridge. Its program emphasizes formation of lay and ordained leaders through a community of scholarship and discipleship. Students at Wesley House live alongside students of the Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations and the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies near the center of the city of Cambridge. This requires a full year of study.

New Opportunities

New opportunities for academic exchange and pastoral internships are being developed. For information regarding pastoral internships, contact Thomas Elliott Jr., director of contextual education II, or 404.727.4178. For information on Candler’s international initiatives, contact Jonathan Strom, director of international initiatives, at or 404.727.4168. For information regarding student exchanges, contact Ellen Echols Purdum, assistant dean of student life and spiritual formation, at or 404.727.4430. Information regarding new opportunities also may be found at

Candler Writing Center

Candler offers academic enrichment to all interested students through the Candler Writing Center, under the direction of the Candler writing center director. In addition to one-on-one tutoring sessions, the center includes an array of workshops to facilitate academic success. From basic academic skills to refreshers on grammar and writing practices to advice on the particular types of writing required in Candler courses, the Writing Center supports students in doing their best. Participation in the ADVANCE Program is required for students admitted on academic probation. For international students, students for whom English is not the first language, or students who have been educated in English outside of North America, OSP coordinates an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) assessment, courses in written and oral communication, and tutoring. Courses are tailored to support students’ academic success in theological studies.

Study in Other Divisions of the University

Candler students may enroll in courses at other Emory schools with instructor permission. The student must obtain approval via email from the course instructor and forward the permission to for enrollment to be process in OPUS.

Emory College

With the exception of modern language study, MDiv, MRL, MRPL, MTS, and ThM students who take a course at the undergraduate level through Emory College require additional work agreed upon by the student and instructor to meet graduate level course requirements. Permission of the instructor and the contract form found at are required for enrollment in the course.

Graduate Division of Religion

Students whose aptitude in a given field of study qualifies them for advanced work may register for graduate seminars in the Graduate Division of Religion with the approval of the instructor. Permission must be obtained via email from the instructor and forwarded to for processing. Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion offers the doctor of philosophy (PhD) in religion in the areas of American religious cultures; ethics and society; Hebrew Bible; historical studies in theology and religion; Jewish religious cultures; New Testament; person, community, and religious life; theological studies; and West and South Asian religions. This program is oriented toward teaching and research, and admission generally presupposes a master’slevel theological degree or equivalent. For further information, refer to

Centers, Institutes, and Affiliates

Aquinas Center of Theology

An affiliate of Emory University, the Aquinas Center is a Dominican-inspired, lay-funded center whose mission is to assist inquiring persons to enhance their knowledge of the living Catholic tradition so they can better engage the spiritual and moral life of the Church. More specifically, the Aquinas Center sponsors lectures, community events, lifelong learning classes, the major Catholic Speaker Series, the Catholic Studies Minor, and partners with parishes in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. For further information contact the Executive Director, May Prinkiski, at 404.727.8860, or visit their webpage at

Center for the Study of Law and Religion

A university-wide Law and Religion program is available for students to explore the religious dimensions of law, the legal dimensions of religion, and the interaction of legal and religious ideas and institutions. The program offers courses, several joint-degree programs, and clinical programs. The program also sponsors conferences and lectures on the interaction of law and religion.

The program offers courses in law and religion open to MDiv candidates, MTS candidates, and students in the law school, Emory College, and the Laney Graduate School. Courses include Western Legal Tradition, Law and Theology: Problems in Moral Accountability, History of Church- State Relations in the West, Jewish Law: Background and Process, and American Constitutional Law: Church and State. For additional information on the Center for the Study of Law and Religion see

Rollins Center for Church Ministries

The guiding purpose of the Rollins Center for Church Ministries is the integration of theological education and the ministries of Christian congregations. The center promotes research on congregational life and mission and provides opportunities for students to learn methods of congregational study, particularly through the Teaching Parish Program. The Rollins Center for Church Ministries was given by O. Wayne Rollins in memory of his mother, Claudia A. Rollins.

World Methodist Evangelism Institute

The World Methodist Evangelism Institute (WMEI), a cooperative missional ministry of World Evangelism (WME), World Methodist Council, and Candler School of Theology, offers additional opportunities for study and research in the nature and practice of evangelism. In partnership with churches around the world and using a multiracial and multinational faculty, the WMEI brings world evangelism leaders, lay and clergy, faculty and students together at Candler and at other places abroad, and sends faculty to different countries to share insights and learn from the experience of others. Connecting, encouraging, mentoring, resourcing, training, and providing cross-cultural experiences in world evangelism, the WMEI has been instrumental in the work of strengthening the pan-Methodist/Wesleyan family as a movement that is mission driven, situated in time and space, in each culture and conjuncture. Annually, Candler students and students from other seminaries are permitted to enroll in the institute’s international and regional evangelism seminars for academic credit. Located on the Emory campus, the institute also provides opportunities for pastors and laypersons to earn continuing education credits while gaining experience in evangelism in other cultures, offers training in faith-sharing in a non-confrontational approach, and provides opportunities for Christian leaders and seminary students to engage in dialogue with other seminar participants and students from other seminaries across the world. For further information, contact the WMEI program coordinator, Eliana Lillevik, at, 404.727.6344, or its director, L. Wesley de Souza, at 404.727.7196.

Youth Theological Initiative

The Youth Theological Initiative (YTI) is a center of research and teaching dedicated to the theological education of youth for the benefit of church and society. The program strives to:

  • foster recognition among youth and adults of the theological abilities of youth
  • equip youth to engage in theological reflection and to bring theology into action for the betterment of church and society
  • promote a vision of youth ministry that takes the theological abilities and questions of youth seriously
  • equip youth workers to engage in innovative forms of youth ministry

YTI hosts workshops, trips, and residential programs for rising high school students that help young women and men engage in faithful and critical theological reflection on social and public issues. The research arm of YTI studies the theological perspectives and practices of adolescents, practices of youth ministry, and theological pedagogies. YTI offers training in youth ministry to lay and ordained youth leaders through partnerships with regional and national denominational judicatories, conferences for scholars and practitioners, and courses at Candler School of Theology.

For further information, contact the director, Jill Weaver, at or visit

Associated Organizations

Atlanta Theological Association

Through the Atlanta Theological Association, Candler School of Theology is affiliated with Columbia Theological Seminary, Erskine Theological Seminary, the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and the McAfee School of Theology. The association coordinates the educational programs and resources of these member institutions, which include more than 1,200 students, one hundred faculty, and six hundred thousand library volumes. The Candler ThD is jointly sponsored by Candler, Columbia, and ITC. Other cooperative endeavors include cross-registration; sharing of faculty, library, and lectureship resources; interseminary courses; experimental programs in various academic disciplines and professional specializations.

Care and Counseling Center of Georgia

The mission of the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia is to offer healing, hope, and education in the pastoral tradition. CCCG provides counseling and pastoral care to individuals, couples, and families, and clinical education in pastoral care and counseling for theological students and ministers.

Candler School of Theology is one of the founders of the CCCG and is represented on its governing Board of Directors along with representatives from Columbia Theological Seminary, the Interdenominational Theological Center, and local church and community members.

Pastoral counseling and referral services are offered at a number of affiliated pastoral counseling centers in the area, including the CCCG office near Emory at 1814 Clairemont Road. All CCCG pastoral counseling supervisors are state licensed and most are also approved as supervisors by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

CCCG is an accredited training center of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and sponsors chaplaincy and Clinical Pastoral Education programs (CPE) at multiple sites.

Programs available at several major hospitals, hospices, and nursing/health centers include CPE internships, residency programs, and supervisory training.

CCCG is also affiliated with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and provides the clinical training for students in the ThD program in pastoral counseling. ThD students normally meet the requirement of two years of supervised experience in pastoral counseling through CCCG’s Clinical Counseling Practicum. Much of this coursework meets the requirements for licensure in the state of Georgia in marriage and family therapy.

For information about any of CCCG’s programs, contact CCCG at 404.636.1457 or visit

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

In addition to its relationship to the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, Candler is a member seminary in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, a national organization with centers in hospitals, parishes, correctional institutions, community mental health centers, and a variety of other community agencies and institutions. Through this relationship, Candler students may complete basic credits for CPE concurrent with their enrollment or during the summer. CPE may be taken for academic credit (one to six hours) or without credit. For more information about the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, visit

Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium

Candler School of Theology is a member of the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium (HTIC), a consortium comprised of eighteen PhD-granting institutions seeking to support and advance the work of Latina/o scholars in order to address the need for more representation of Latina and Latino students and faculty in higher theological and religious studies education. Candler supports the mentoring and networking costs for HTIC scholars. Additionally, Candler recognizes that pooling resources and building communities are essential elements for securing a stronger and more diverse scholarly theological body. For additional information, see

Hispanic Summer Program

Candler is a participating member of the Hispanic Summer Program (HSP), an ecumenical program in theology and religion, which sponsors a two-week academic program mainly designed for Latina/o seminarians hosted by participating seminaries in June. Hispanic and non-Hispanic students enrolled in seminaries and departments of religion, Hispanic seminary graduates seeking continuing education, and other students interested in Hispanic ministries are welcome and encouraged to apply.

For students attending sponsoring institutions such as Candler, the HSP fee is $425 for first- and second-time participants in 2017 and includes tuition, round-trip fare, and 13 days/nights of room and board. Students are able to enroll in a course taught in Spanish by Latina/o faculty. Courses cover a wide range of topics in the theological curriculum and course credits are transferable to Candler. HSP offers study and fellowship with Hispanic peers, Hispanic professors and leadership, experience in prayer and celebration, and enhanced cultural awareness.

HSP also offers Through Hispanic Eyes, a cross-cultural annual seminar open to non-Hispanic faculty and administrators only. For further information, go to, or contact L. Wesley de Souza, Candler’s liaison for the HSP Governing Board, at