Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD) is one of the oldest fully accredited (1938) theological schools affiliated with the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.
Howard University School of Divinity is one of the 14 schools and colleges within Howard University. It is the only African-American theological school connected to a comprehensive category I research institution.
Howard University, a federally chartered, private, doctoral university, classified as a high research activity institution, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. HUSD is located in Washington, DC, the nation's capital. Rich in cultural, scientific, educational, and business resources, the Washington metropolitan area acts as a stimulus to the intellect, the spirit, and the soul. Living in Washington is quite a learning experience.
- School of Divinity students are able to use their theological education to address the needs and concerns of our local community from neighborhood organizations to Capitol Hill. Students are active participants in the work of local churches of all denominations. Through the Washington Theological Consortium, School of Divinity students are able to explore the interconnections among the many faith communities in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
A Legacy of Inspired Leadership
… IN THE CHURCH
- 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.
… IN SOCIETY
- 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); Professor of Sociology at Texas Southern University and Springfield College
- Max Finberg (MA '99),President and CEO, Growing Hope Globally, global food security advocacy organization, Western Springs, IL.
- Barbara Williams Skinner, (D. Min. '01), J.D., Skinner Leadership Institute, and Founding Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
- Christine Y. Wiley, Ph.D. (M.Div. '86) and Dennis W. Wiley, Ph.D. (M.Div. '81), civic and social justice activists; renown theological educators; former pastors of Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in Washington, DC.
… IN THE ACADEMY
- Michael R. Fisher Jr., Ph.D., (M.Div. '09) Assistant Professor of African American Studies, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.
- Wil Gafney, Ph.D., (M.Div.'97), Professor of Hebrew Bible, Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
- Tim Lake, Ph.D., (M.A.. '90) Associate Professor of English and Black Studies, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN.
- Angela Sims, Ph.D., (M.Div. '98) President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, NY
… IN THE ARTS
- Earnest Pugh, (M.Div. '04), Stellar Award Nominee, American gospel singer
- Richard Smallwood (M.Div. '04) Award winning Gospel Music singer/composer/producer.