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Five new degree programs launched by Emory's Candler School of Theology

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April L. Bogle

Cannon Chapel at Candler School of Theology

Emory University's Candler School of Theology is reaching out to doctors, lawyers, peacemakers, social workers, music directors, youth ministers and senior pastors with five new degree programs designed to expand the possibilities of reaching more people who want to make a difference in the world.

"Professionals in health care, law and many other fields—including ministry—tell us they need help in navigating the theological challenges they face on the job every day, whether it’s in the hospital, court room, or sanctuary," says Jan Love, dean of Candler. "Our new programs are designed to deepen their theological understanding and equip them with improved practical skills for tending to their communities."

New degrees include:

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) *

Starting in fall 2014, the DMin is for senior pastors who want explore the latest in theological education within real-world church ministry. Its 90 percent online instruction – taught by full-time Candler faculty -- enables ministers to stay deeply rooted in their place of ministry and complete the degree in three years. Short residency periods help foster long-term, collaborative learning relationships with faculty and fellow students. It offers two tracks: Church Leadership and Community Witness and Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation.

Master of Religious Leadership (MRL)

Starting in spring 2014, the MARL is designed to enhance the leadership potential of those interested in Christian service. Available as a full or part-time program, it includes a contextualized education component. It offers five concentrations: Mission, Evangelism and World Christianity; Justice, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation; Pastoral Care; Ministries with Youth; Worship and Music.

Master of Religion and Public Life (MRPL)*

Starting in spring 2014, the MARPL is designed for professionals in law, health care, social work, education, and other fields whose work requires them to negotiate issues of faith on a regular basis. Available for full- or part-time enrollment, the program offers intensive summer and January terms to accommodate participants who work full time.

Master of Divinity/Master of Development Practice (MDiv/MDP)

Starting this fall, MDiv/MDP is for those interested in sustainable development who want to shape their work with vulnerable populations with theological convictions, and for religious leaders from developing countries who want to address social and economic issues as part of a holistic approach to ministry. Offered in partnership with Emory’s Laney Graduate School, it includes four years of residential instruction and two summer international field practicums.

Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work (MDiv/MSW)*

Starting in fall 2014, the MDiv/MSW will be available 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 institution injustice, and issues of social transformation. It is a four-year residential program offered in partnership with the University of Georgia and divided between Candler and UGA’s campus in Athens. It includes contextual education, which can be completed in Atlanta. 

*Pending approval by appropriate governing bodies.

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