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Update on COVID-19 and On-Campus Visits and Events
The YDS admissions office has suspended all on-campus visits and events. However, while the office cannot host anyone on campus for in-person visits and open house events, our office is in full virtual operations. We invite you to explore our Visit and Connect to learn of the variety of virtual connection opportunities we are offering. Please continue to explore the Yale Divinity School website and learn more about us. We will miss not being able to host you on our campus, but we look forward to connecting virtually with you soon!
Principles on Holistic Admission and Spring 2020 Grades
Recognizing the challenges to teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Provost and Deans of Yale University adopted the following principle:
Yale’s admissions offices for graduate and professional schools evaluate applicants holistically and will take the significant disruptions of COVID-19 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials relating to Spring 2020. In particular, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/Fail and other grading options during this unprecedented period, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students.
Gregory E. Sterling
The Reverend Henry L. Slack Dean
Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament
–posted March 26, 2020
Yale Divinity School - Inspiring the Minds That Inspire the World!
Thank you for your interest in exploring theological studies at Yale Divinity School. A place where we favor the critical intersection of academic excellence and faith formation as a beacon of hope for the transformation of church and society. As you explore these webpages, we hope you will find it a useful guide to the divinity school’s focused approach to preparing leaders for church and world. To get you started, here is some basic information about who we are.
Yale University Divinity School is a graduate professional school within a world-class research university and is both a rigorous academic institution and an ecumenical community of faith. We stand between the more strictly academic approach of a department of religion and the more practical, parochial orientation of the seminaries. We educate and prepare the scholars, ministers, and leaders of the future. Our faculty are leading scholars in their respective disciplines and their committments to supporting students is academically and programatically unparalleled. Students from a full spectrum of Christian denominations and faiths attend YDS to begin a lifetime of ministry, scholarship, and service to church and world.
Three partners on the Quad enrich students’ experiences and provide opportunities for development and growth in various areas. Andover Newton Seminary at Yale, specializing in ministry formation for congregational faith traditions (https://andovernewton.yale.edu/about), Berkeley Divinity School, an Episcopal Seminary at Yale training lay and ordained leaders for the Episcopal Church and the wider Anglican communion and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, a permier center for the interdisciplinary study of sacred music, worship and the related arts.
YDS fulfills a critical role preparing leaders at a time of dramatic shifts in the global theological landscape. The student body represents a wide range of cultures, ethnicities, and faith communities from around the world, taught by faculty eager to accept the educational challenges of an increasingly globalized environment. Faith and intellect meet in our daily ecumenical worship services in Marquand Chapel which reflect the great variety of theological and worship traditions represented here.
YDS students take advantage of the full resources of Yale University and our extraordinary library system. Many students take courses across Yale and benefit from the cultural and social life of a world-class university.