Religion & Medicine

Caring for the body and caring for the spirit need not be the domains of separate practitioners. To this end, Yale Divinity School and the Yale School of Medicine offer a joint-degree program leading to the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Religion and Doctor of Medicine degrees.

Students are required to apply simultaneously to both schools and indicate on the application that they are applying to the joint degree program.  Admissions decisions are made independently by each school.

Due to the complexities of coordinating a Doctor of Medicine degree with a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Religion degree, each student’s schedule is determined on a case-by-case basis with the academic dean’s office.

If you wish to learn more about this program, please email the Admissions Office at, or Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Joyce Mercer at