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Candler School of Theology

Candler School of Theology Quick Facts

Denominational Affiliation
United Methodist


Theological Orientation

Degrees Offered
MDiv; MTS; ThM; ThD

Number of Students
c. 441

Tuition Costs for 2018 - 2019

Atlanta, GA

School URL

Introduction to Candler School of Theology

Founded in 1914, Emory University's Candler School of Theology is one of thirteen schools officially associated with the United Methodist Church. The founding of the School of Theology and the transformation of Emory College into Emory University both happened in large part due to a large gift from Asa Candler, onetime owner of the Coca-Cola company. His generous gift set the stage for both Emory and Candler becoming world-class educational institutions. While still an official United Methodist institution, Candler boasts representation from over 50 different denominations, cementing their reputation as an ecumenical stalwart.

Academic Life

Candler offers numerous foundational theological degrees, including the MDiv and MTS, as well as specialized master's-level degrees such as the MRL (Master of Religious Leadership) and MRPL (Master of Religion and Public Life). Advanced degrees include the ThM, DMin, and ThD (in Pastoral Counseling). The PhD is offered by the Emory University Graduate Division of Religion.

In addition to these single degree programs, Candler offers numerous dual degrees in conjunction with Emory, including joint programs in Bioethics, Business, Law, Public Health, and Social Work.

Student Life

Candler students are fortunate in that they can draw upon the resources not only of Candler but of Emory University as well. At Candler, the Office of Student Programming (OSP) is the main resource of various student activities at the school. From Thanksgiving Dinner to the Poor Seminarian's Cook Off, the OSP provides numerous opportunities for members of the Candler community to engage one another outside of the classroom. These opportunities include various student organizations such as the Black Student Caucus, Candler Baptist Community, Candler Creation Keepers, Candler Evangelical Society, and Candler Women.

The Candler community gathers weekly for corporate worship, including daily worship services Tuesdays - Fridays, with the Eucharist offered every Friday and various special services offered throughout the year. Students may also participate in Worship Teams that help lead services throughout the year. Candler also offers numerous opportunities for spiritual formation, whether it's a contemplative prayer walk, small group participation, or off-campus retreats.

As students of Emory University, Candler students enjoy the same on-campus privileges as all Emory students, including free individual counseling, access to the Woodruff P.E. Center (with facilities from an Olympic sized pool to climbing wall to a fully-equipped gym and track), and the Student Activity & Academic Center. Of course, Atlanta itself provides numerous opportunities for both ministry and recreation (even both), with world-class museums and dining as well as major sports teams in football, basketball, and baseball.


Neither Emory University nor Candler offers housing for their graduate students. However, there are resources provided by both Emory and Candler to find appropriate housing as well as compatible roommates. There are numerous options available to students, from simple studio apartments to renting rooms in larger houses. While the Emory University community offers several online resources to find appropriate housing, there is no dedicated housing office for students, so prospective applicants are advised to view all available external resources before committing to housing.

Financial Aid

In conjunction with their parent university Emory, Candler students have access to a wide array of financial aid opportunities, including scholarships, grants, student loans, and part-time employment. Due to its affiliation with the United Methodist church, students who are are certified candidates for ministry are eligible for funds specifically designated for such students. Highly qualified students may compete for a Woodruff Fellowship, an award that covers full tuition and fees plus a very generous living stipend.

Numerous other scholarships are available depending upon a student's degree program, including Garrett Scholarships, Honors Scholarship, and Community Scholarships for MDiv students and merit awards covering full tuition, fees, and a stipend for MTS students. There are limited funds available for ThM and ThD students as well.


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