Drew University - Academics - Graduate


The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies offers the traditional Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree is awarded to Ph.D. students at the completion of their comprehensive exams, as a recognition of having A.B.D., or All But Dissertation status in completion of the Ph.D. Areas of study include: Book History, English Literature, History and Culture, and Women's Studies (M.A. only, Ph.D. concentration). It also offers an innovative interdisciplinary arts and letters program offering Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) degrees as well as a program in Medical Humanities, offering a Certificate of Medical Humanities (C.M.H.), as well as Masters (M.M.H.) and Doctoral degrees (D.M.H.). Drew University also offers a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in poetry and poetry in translation.

In 2006, the Graduate Division of Religion (GDR)—with programs in Biblical Studies, Historical Studies, Liturgical Studies (this area is currently not accepting students), Religion & Society, and Theological & Philosophical Studies—was created as an administrative move of the graduate programs in religion from the Caspersen School to the Theological School. The change was made to reflect current trends in the academic study of religion. The Ph.D degree is offered in these areas, and many students elect to pursue a concentration in Women's Studies. Drew is particularly strong in the areas of constructive and systematic theology, liturgical studies, theological ethics, feminist issues in religion, and post-colonial Biblical studies.

The transition of the GDR from the Caspersen School was the first of many changes initiated in the school recently. Since 2006, the school has opened a Master of Arts in Teaching and reformulated its Ph.D. programs to focus on a single, interdisciplinary History program, entitled History and Culture, which admitted M.A. candidates for the Fall of 2009 and Ph.D. candidates for the Fall of 2010. The school is, furthermore, in the process of considering the addition of other programs that will emphasize its interdisciplinary approach to the Humanities.

Drew Theological School offers degree programs designed to train candidates for the ministry. While affiliated with the United Methodist Church, its programs are open to individuals of all faiths. Degrees offered include the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.), Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.), and the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.). The faculty of the Theological School are largely the same as in the Graduate Division of Religion, and are additionally noted in the areas of evangelism and environmental issues in religion. The Theological School is often noted for its strong ties to Korean Methodism.

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