Master of Divinity




The Department of Theology and the Graduate School of the University of Notre Dame have offered a professional program in theological and ministerial studies since September 1968. Today, Notre Dame’s Master of Divinity (MDiv) Degree Program is one of the premier ministry preparation programs in North America.

The MDiv is a professional theological degree designed to prepare students for learned and effective ministry in the Roman Catholic Church. Our comprehensive three-year curriculum joins field experience, training in pastoral skills, and formation to academic studies in Scripture, the history of Catholic Tradition, systematic theology, liturgy, and Christian ethics. Pastoral theology includes courses such as preaching, pastoral counseling, and catechetics, taught by highly skilled theologians and practitioners. Overall, the program is striving for a holistic approach that embraces and integrates all that the Church has to offer to the student and all that the student has to offer to the Church.

Supporting institutes and organizations on campus provide outstanding opportunities for further study. These combine with the overall experience of life at “Our Lady’s University” to produce a uniquely comprehensive and enriching period of preparation for ministry and service to God’s people.

theo_apply_now  Applications due January 15!

Invited Campus Visits and Interviews: Feb. 15-17; Feb. 22-24

How Does Notre Dame Prepare Leaders for Ministry?

To those considering ministry:

To mentors of tomorrow’s ministers:

Words of Invitation and Welcome

How is God inviting each student to learn and to serve? How do students wish to respond? Many different conversations and pathways may have led each student to this homepage to address those questions.

To those seeking more details about our MDiv:

How to Apply

Visit our application and admissions page for full details. 

Prospective students must 1) file a pre-application form directly with the MDiv program, and 2) apply to the Graduate School using their online application


If you would like to receive information on the MDiv Program call us at (574) 631-4256, email or write to us at:

University of Notre Dame
Master of Divinity Program
131 Malloy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556-4619