Dual Degree Programs

MDiv/JD

A dual Master of Divinity/Juris Doctor (MDiv/JD) degree program allows students to combine training in law with training in ministry. A student in this program applies to each school separately but concurrently and matriculates concurrently in the School of Law and Candler. Candidates for the dual degree program must apply to and be accepted by both Candler and the School of Law. The schools maintain independent application procedures.

Requirements for both degrees are completed in five years instead of the six required to attain the degrees separately. Typically, the first year is spent at the School of Law and the second year is spent at Candler. During the remaining three years, the student must register and pay tuition for three semesters in each school but may take courses in either school. Candler scholarships and grants are applicable only to those semesters in which students are in residence at the School of Theology.

In order to meet degree requirements for the MDiv, the student must complete a minimum of 73 hours at Candler. All requirements are the same as a traditional MDiv student but with fewer elective hours. In order to meet degree requirements for the JD, the student must complete a minimum of 79 hours at the School of Law.

For additional information about the JD portion of the MDiv/JD, contact cslr@law. emory.edu. For information on the MDiv portion of the MDiv/JD, contact the Candler registrar’s office at candlerregistrar@emory.edu.

MTS/JD

A dual master of theological studies/juris doctor (MTS/JD) degree program allows students to combine training in law with training in religious studies. The program emphasizes scholarly rather than clinical and ministerial aspects of law and religion. A student in this program matriculates concurrently in the School of Law and Candler and may complete requirements for both degrees in four years (instead of the five required to attain the degrees separately). Candidates for the dual degree program must apply to and be accepted by both Candler and the School of Law. The schools maintain independent application procedures.

Typically, the first year is spent at the School of Law and the second year is spent at the Candler. The student must register and pay tuition for five semesters in the School of Law and three semesters in Candler but may take courses in either school. Candler scholarships and grants are applicable only to those semesters in which students are in residency at the School of Theology.

In order to meet degree requirements for the MTS, the student must complete a minimum of 36 hours at Candler, including either the MTS Thesis or MTS Integrative Paper completed as part of the MTS capstone course. All requirements are the same as a traditional MTS student but with fewer elective hours. In order to meet degree requirements for the JD, the student must complete a minimum of 79 hours at the School of Law.

For additional information about the JD portion of the MTS/JD, contact cslr@law. emory.edu. For information on the MTS portion of the MTS/JD, contact the Candler registrar’s office at candlerregistrar@emory.edu.

MDiv/MBA

A dual Master of Divinity/Master of Business Administration (MDiv/MBA) is offered in cooperation with Emory’s Goizueta School of Business. This program allows the MBA and MDiv degrees to be earned in four years instead of the usual five. Candidates for the dual degree program must apply to and be accepted by both Candler and the Goizueta School of Business. The schools maintain independent application procedures.

Typically, the first year is spent at Candler and the second year is spent at Goizueta. The student must register and pay tuition for five semesters at Candler and three semesters at Goizueta, but may take courses in either school. Candler scholarships and grants are applicable only to those semesters in which students are in residency at the School of Theology.

In order to meet degree requirements for the MDiv, the student must complete a minimum of 73 hours at Candler. All requirements are the same as a traditional MDiv student but with fewer elective hours.

For information on the MDiv portion of the MDiv/MBA, contact the Candler registrar’s office at candlerregistrar@emory.edu. For information on the MBA portion of the MDiv/MBA, contact Harriet Ruskin at Harriet_Ruskin@bus.emory.edu.

MTS/MBA

A dual Master of Theological Studies and Master of Business Administration (MTS/ MBA) is offered in cooperation with the Goizueta School of Business. This program allows the MTS and MBA degrees to be earned in three years (instead of the usual four to attain the degrees separately). Candidates for the dual degree program must apply to and be accepted by both Candler and Goizueta. The schools maintain independent application procedures.

Typically, the first year is spent at Candler and the second year is spent at Goizueta. The student must register and pay tuition for three semesters in Goizueta and three semesters in Candler but may take courses in either school. Candler scholarships and grants are applicable only to those semesters in which students are in residency at the School of Theology.

In order to meet degree requirements for the MDiv, the student must complete a minimum of 39 hours at Candler, including either the MTS Thesis or MTS Integrative Paper completed as part of the MTS capstone course. All requirements are the same as a traditional MTS student but with fewer elective hours.

For information on the MTS portion of the MTS/MBA, contact the Candler registrar’s office at candlerregistrar@emory.edu. For information on the MBA portion of the MTS/MBA, contact Harriet Ruskin at Harriet_Ruskin@bus.emory.edu.

MDiv/MPH

A dual Master of Divinity and Master of Public Health (MDiv/MPH) is offered in cooperation with the Rollins School of Public Health. This program allows the MDiv and MPH degrees to be earned in four years (instead of the usual five to attain the degrees separately). Candidates for the dual degree program must apply to and be accepted by both Candler and Rollins. The schools maintain independent application procedures.

Typically, the first year is spent at Candler, the second year is spent at Rollins, and the third and fourth years are spent at Candler. The student must register and pay tuition for six semesters in Candler and two semesters in Rollins but may take courses in either school. Candler scholarships are applicable only to those semesters in which students are in residency at the School of Theology.

In order to meet degree requirements for the MDiv, the student must complete a minimum of 86 hours at Candler. All requirements are the same as a traditional MDiv student. In order to meet degree requirements for the MPH, the student must complete a minimum of 32 to 35 hours at Rollins, including the practicum and special studies project or thesis. Specific MPH degree requirements depend on the department. Rollins offers the dual degree program in seven departments (Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Global Environmental Health, Global Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Policy and Management). MDiv/MPH dual-degree students may complete the MPH practicum requirement through completion of a clinical Contextual Education placement.

For additional information about the MPH portion of the MDiv/MPH, contact Kathy Wollenzien at kwollen@sph.emory.edu. For information on the MDiv portion of the MDiv/MPH, contact the Candler registrar’s office at candlerregistrar@emory.edu.

MTS/MPH

A dual Master of Theological Studies and Master of Public Health (MTS/MPH) is offered in cooperation with the Rollins School of Public Health. This program allows the MTS and MPH degrees to be earned in three years (instead of the usual four to attain the degrees separately). Candidates for the dual degree program must apply to and be accepted by both Candler and Rollins. The schools maintain independent application procedures.

Typically, the first year is spent at Candler, the second year at Rollins, and the third year at Candler. The student must register and pay tuition for four semesters in Candler and two semesters in Rollins but may take courses in either school. Candler scholarships are applicable only to those semesters in which students are in residency at the School of Theology.

In order to meet degree requirements for the MTS, the student must complete a minimum of 48 hours at Candler. All requirements are the same as a traditional MTS student. In order to meet degree requirements for the MPH, the student must complete a minimum of 32 to 35 hours at Rollins, including the practicum and special studies project or thesis. Specific MPH degree requirements depend on the department. Rollins offers the dual-degree program in seven departments (Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Global Environmental Health, Global Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Policy and Management). MTS/MPH dual-degree students may complete the MPH special studies project or thesis in conjunction with the MTS integrative paper or thesis.

For additional information about the MPH portion of the MDiv/MPH, contact Kathy Wollenzien at kwollen@sph.emory.edu. For information on the MDiv portion of the MDiv/MPH, contact the Candler registrar’s office at candlerregistrar@emory.edu.

MDiv/MA-Bioethics

A dual MDiv/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 MDiv and MA-Bioethics in four years. Candidates for the dual degree program must apply to and be accepted by both Candler and Laney. The schools maintain independent application procedures.

Typically, the first year is spent at Candler, the second year at the Center for Ethics, and the final two years at Candler. Students must register for and pay tuition for two semesters at Laney and six semesters at Candler but may take courses in either school during any semester in conversation with their adviser from each school. Candler scholarships and grants are applicable only to those semesters in which students are in residence at the School of Theology.

Students will complete the standard 30 credit hours for the MA-Bioethics curriculum as well as the 86 credit hours for the MDiv program. In order to ensure maximal integration, students will “share” two electives during the program: one three-credit elective in the MDiv program (likely ES651 or ES652), and one three-credit elective on Religion and Bioethics (BIOETH 505) from the LGS/ Center for Ethics. These electives, which will be completed in the final year of study, will ensure that students apply the methodologies and content of both programs to issues that affect the ethical practice of ministry. MDiv dual degree students will be slated to take the examination rather than write a thesis for the MA-Bioethics in order to ensure they will be able to return to the MDiv program with no delay in time to degree.

For information about the MDiv portion of the MDiv/MA-Bioethics, please contact the Candler Registrar candlerregistrar@ emory.edu. For information about the MA portion of MDiv/MA-Bioethics, please contact mabioethics@emory.edu.

MTS/MA-Bioethics

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. Candidates for the dual degree program must apply to and be accepted by both Candler and Laney. The schools maintain independent application procedures.

Typically, the first year is spent at the Center for Ethics and the second year at Candler. Students must register for and pay tuition for two semesters at Laney and two semesters at Candler but may take courses in either school. Candler scholarships and grants are applicable only to those semesters in which students are in residence at the School of Theology.

In order to meet degree requirements for the MTS, students must complete a minimum of 18 hours at Candler, including either the MTS Thesis or MTS Integrative Paper completed as part of the MTS capstone course. In addition, students enroll in the dual interdisciplinary seminar offered by Candler and the Center for Ethics. Dual degree students also enroll in ES501 and in a seminar that address issues of life, death, and/or health and theology (e.g., NT629). The MTS professional elective will be fulfilled by BIOETH601, the Bioethics Service Learning Practicum.

For information about the MTS portion of the MTS/MA-Bioethics, please contact Steve Kraftchick at skraftc@emory.edu. For information about the MA portion of MTS/ MA-Bioethics, please contact mabioethics@emory.edu.

MDiv/MDP

A dual Master of Divinity/Master of Development Practice (MDiv/MDP) program 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). Candidates for the dual-degree program must apply to and be accepted by both Candler and the MDP program. The schools maintain independent application procedures and different tuition costs.

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 student must register and pay tuition for four semesters in the MDP and four semesters at Candler, but may take MDP elective courses at Candler during the two years in the MDP to fulfill an MDP concentration. Students develop MDP concentrations in consultation with MDP faculty, drawing on resources at Candler in areas of study such as conflict transformation, religious leadership for the global church, faith and global health, etc. Candler scholarships and grants are applicable only to those semesters in which students are in residency at Candler.

In order to meet degree requirements for the MDiv, the student must complete a minimum of 68 hours at Candler. All requirements are the same as for a traditional MDiv except for the reduction of one Introductory Arts of Ministry (IAM) course and the reduction in total number of hours required. In order to meet degree requirements for the MDP, students must complete 51 hours in the MDP program plus the two international field practicums. In some cases, and with approval from both schools, credit for some MDP concentration courses can be counted as shared credit and thus used toward the credit hours required for both the MDiv and the MDP. With prior approval, students may also seek ministry internship credit in addition to MDP field placement credit for their second field practicum.

For information on the MDP portion of the MDiv/MDP, contact the director of the program, David Nugent, at david.nugent@emory.edu. For information on the MDiv portion of the degree, contact the Candler registrar’s office at candlerregistrar@emory.edu.

MDiv/MSW

A dual Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work (MDiv/MSW) allows students to combine training and experience in social work with theological studies and formation for ministry. The MSW, offered through the University of Georgia, offers an enhanced awareness and engagement of public resources for community development and empowerment; skills for advocacy and social policy analysis; program design, methods, and administration of community-based agencies and programs; organizational analysis; and knowledge and experience of clinical practices in fields such as gerontology, and individual and family therapy.

A student applies to each school separately as the schools maintain independent application procedures. Once admitted to both schools, students apply for the dual degree program and are assigned advisers at each school. Requirements for both degrees are met in four years instead of the five required to attain the degrees separately. Typically the first year is spent at Candler, the second and third years at UGA’s School of Social Work, and the fourth year at Candler.

Social work students who become interested in the dual degree program during their first year of the MSW will spend the first two years at UGA and the third and fourth years at Candler. Prospective students are encouraged to apply to both degrees simultaneously prior to matriculating in either program; however, first-year students in each school may apply to the other program by February 15 of the first year and still be considered dual degree students. The student must register and pay for four semesters at Candler and four semesters at UGA. Candler scholarships are applicable only to those semesters in which students are in residency at the School of Theology.

In order to meet degree requirements for the MDiv, the student must complete a minimum of 68 hours at Candler. All requirements are the same as for a traditional MDiv student but for a reduction in the number of electives, and waiving of both Introductory Arts of Ministry (IAM) and the Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (REG) courses because MSW courses provide the kind of content intended by these two MDiv requirements. Students may fulfill some of the 68 hours requirement at Candler during their semesters at UGA by enrolling in Candler coursework via ARCHE cross-registration when possible. In order to meet degree requirements for the MSW, the student must complete all requirements as specified by UGA at the University of Georgia’s School of Social Work through the full-time MSW program. Students who qualify for advanced standing in the MSW program due to completion of a BSW may still participate in the dual MDiv/MSW program.

For additional information about the MSW portion of the MDiv/MSW, contact the UGA School of Social Work at 877.535.6590. For information on the MDiv portion of the MDiv/MSW, contact the Candler registrar’s office at candlerregistrar@emory.edu.