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Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD) is one of the oldest fully accredited (1940) theological schools affiliated with the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. And, as one of the 12 schools and colleges within Howard, it is the only African-American theological school connected to a comprehensive category I research institution.

Statement on Educational Effectiveness

The Howard University School of Divinity educates and forms leaders to serve and transform religious and educational institutions and society. We are committed to enable all students—particularly those interested in ordained ministry and doctoral study—to acquire a comprehensive theological education. We emphasize inquiry into the religious and cultural heritage of African Americans, the African Diaspora and African.

Our effectiveness is assessed through the feedback and achievements of students and faculty. The HUSD Indicators of educational effectiveness foster accountability and demonstrate excellence in achieving our mission.

Graduates reported a satisfaction rate of:

  • 96% in their ability to use and interpret Scripture
  • 94% in their ability to relate social issues to faith
  • 94% in their ability to think theologically
  • 90% with their academic experience


  • 95% Master of Divinity
  • 80% Master of Arts (Religious Studies)
  • 75% Doctor of Ministry


Reported actual/expected employment immediately upon graduation

  • 22% Ministry/Chaplaincy
  • 14% Human Services
  • 14% Government/Public Administration
  • 0% Military Chaplaincy/Service
  • 29% Business admin, marketing/sales
  • 21% Further graduate study
  • 58 % of graduates complete the M.Div. program within 3 years
  • 78% of graduates complete the M.Div. program within 4 years

Teaching excellence Based on 5-point scale (5=almost always)
  • 4.6 Stimulating Student Interest
  • 4.4 Fostering Student Collaboration
  • 4.6 Establishing Rapport
  • 4.5 Encouraging Student Involvement
  • 4.6 Structuring Classroom Experiences

Course excellence

Based on IDEA database of similar courses nationally
  • 38% of HUSD courses rated “Much Higher”
  • 28% of HUSD courses rated “Higher”
  • 28% of HUSD courses rated “Similar”
  • 6% of HUSD courses rated “Lower/Much Lower”
2Source: IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction Results

1Sources: ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire Results and Howard University Graduate/Professional Student Exit Survey Results

2Source: IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction Results

A Legacy of Inspired Leadership

  • Gerald L. Durley, Ed.D. (M.Div. ’84), one of the first Peace Corp volunteers to enter Nigeria, psychologist, ecumenist, educator, pastor emeritus of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga.

  • Rabbi Gary S. Fink (D. Min. ‘02), community advocate, hospice chaplain, and rabbi emeritus of Oseh Shalom in Laurel, Md.

  • Rt. Rev. Vashti Murphy McKenzie, D. Min. (M.Div. ’85), the first woman to be elected to the office of bishop in the two century history of the A.M.E. Church.

  • Bishop Alfred Owens, Jr. (D.Min. ’93) Presiding Prelate and senior bishop of Mt. Calvary Holy Church of America, Inc., Dean of the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops, Sr. Pastor of Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church of Washington, DC.


  • Young Ro An (D. Min ’98), Advisor to the President of the Republic of So. Korea (Date) and pastor of one of Korea’s leading Presbyterian congregations in Kwangju.

  • Carla Brailey, Ph.D., (M.Div ’07) Executive Director of Community Affairs and Senior Advisor for Religious Affairs for the District of Columbia (2006-2010); Visiting Professor of Sociology at Texas Southern University and Springfield College

  • Barbara Williams Skinner, (D. Min. ‘01), J.D., Skinner Leadership Institute, and Founding Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

  • Christine Y. Wiley, D. Min (M.Div. ’86) and Dennis W. Wiley, Ph.D. (M.Div. ‘81), civic and social justice activists; renown theological educators; pastors of Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in Washington, DC.


  • Alice Ogden Bellis, Ph.D., (M.Div. ‘74) Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature, Howard University

  • Kesslyn Brade-Stennis, Ph.D., (M.Div. ‘06) Assistant Professor of Social Work, Bowie State University

  • Audrey Byrd, Ph.D., (M.Div. ‘94) Director of Annenberg Honors Program, Howard University

  • VaNatta Ford, Ph.D., (M.Div.’05), ACM-Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow, African American Rhetoric & Communication, Ripon College

  • Gail D. Reivas, Ph.D. (M.A.R.S. ’00) sociologist, university administrator


  • Delores Carpenter, Ed. D., (M.Div. ‘69) General Editor of the African American Heritage Hymnal, seminary professor, former university dean and pastor emeritus of Michigan Park Christian Church (DoC) in Washington, DC

  • Earnest Pugh, (M.Div. ’04), Stellar Award Nominee, American gospel singer

  • Richard Smallwood (M.Div. ’04) Stellar Award winner, Grammy Award nominee, Gospel singer/composer, producer

Degree Programs

Current programs of study include a Master of Divinity degree, which is designed to prepare students for the ministry as pastors and in related fields, including chaplaincies, Christian education, and staff positions within denominations. The Master of Arts in Religious Studies degree is designed for those interested in teaching, continuing studies in religion and theology, or those preparing for advanced theological education. The Doctor of Ministry degree is for students who wish to engage in an advanced level of preparation for ministerial practice. Its primary goal is the integration of theological and anthropological understandings in the context of responsible engagement of ministry. Additionally, there are plans underway to create a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Religious Studies with emphasis on biblical studies, African-American religious studies, and ethics and public policy.

Each degree program is purposed to form men and women, who are both capable and desirous of transforming communities across the globe into places where love, justice, freedom, salvation, and humanity are affirmed and upheld in sermon, in research and in service.


We are currently located on the West Campus of
Howard University in Holy Cross Hall
in beautiful North West Washington, DC


Our alumni are not only present in parishes and lecture halls across the globe, but they are also serving as military servicemen and women, law enforcement personnel, recording artists, physicians, university presidents, civic leaders, attorneys, social activists, and a myriad of other professions within the public square. Alumni like L. Vencheal Booth, a founding member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention; James Farmer, founder of the Congress of Racial Equality; Vashti McKenzie, first female bishop of the African American Episcopal Church; Richard Smallwood, award-winning gospel music recording artist and composer; Angela D. Sims, professor, Ethics and Black Church Studies, St. Paul School of Theology; Alexander Williams Jr., U.S. District Court Judge (Maryland); and Gwendolyn Boyd, chair of Diversity Leadership Council, Johns Hopkins Institution, and White House nominee to the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

As a learning community of faith, HUSD emphasizes:

  • Cultural Affirmation and Celebration
  • Excellence in Academics
  • Intellectual Exchange that Forms and Transforms
  • Faith that Loves, Heals and Saves
  • Knowledge that Uplifts, Mends and Serves
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