The most elite graduate programs in theology prepare students to excel in a variety of professional positions after graduation including chaplain, counselor, minister and faculty. Although theology schools are not officially ranked, several institutions are distinguished by their rich history, exceptional faculty and rigorous curriculum.
Ivy League Schools
Princeton Theological Seminary has a well-established reputation for research, with the the second largest theological library collection in the world. Princeton offers a Master of Divinity, Master of Theology and Master of Arts in Christian Education. Theology courses at Princeton cover topics including women in African Christianity and philosophy of religion. Harvard University was the first nondenominational divinity school established in America, offering a Master of Theological Studies, Master of Divinity and Master of Theology. According to “U.S. News and World Report” in 2013, Harvard and Princeton are tied in first place among the best national universities.
Faculty at the University of Notre Dame have won more distinguished fellowships from the Association of Theological Schools than any other institution. Notre Dame offers a Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Theology and Master of Sacred Music. Small classes, strong ties to the Conference of Catholic Bishops and a Washington, D.C. location attract many scholars to Catholic University. Aspiring theologians can earn a 30-credit hour Master of Arts degree with a specialization in such areas as biblical studies or Church history. The university also offers a Master of Divinity degree.
United Methodist Theological Schools
Founded in 1926, The Divinity School was the first graduate school at Duke University. Duke offers a Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Practice, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Christian Studies and Master of Theology. Boston University School of Theology was the first Methodist seminary in the United States. The institution is recognized for producing leader such as Martin Luther King Jr. Boston University offers a Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Sacred Music and Master of Sacred Theology.
Students juggling work and family responsibilities can earn an online degree in theology. Marquette University has a successful track record placing students in professional positions after graduation. The university offers Master of Arts in Theology and Master of Arts in Christian Doctrine degrees online. Saint Leo University is the oldest Catholic University in Florida and offers a 36-credit hour online Master of Arts in Theology degree. Students attend one traditional class on campus each month.