Established in 1926, Duke Divinity School is the first of the university’s graduate professional schools within Duke University. It is also one of the 13 seminaries founded and supported by the United Methodist Church. Duke currently offers degrees in Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts in Christian Practice (M.A.C.P.), Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), Master of Arts in Christian Studies (M.A.C.S.), Master of Theology (Th.M.), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) and Doctor of Theology (Th.D.). The student body comes from 40 states and some foreign countries and approximately 45% of Duke Divinity’s students are United Methodist, 12% is Baptists, and other students come from more than 50 different denominations in the Christian faith.
Dr. Richard B. Hays serves as the current Dean and the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity. He replaced the former Dean L. Gregory Jones. As a theologically conservative Methodist, Hays remained committed to his Wesleyan roots in emphasizing the importance of charity and friendship in the Christian life.