For leaders of religious or religiously-affiliated institutions who want to understand the role of religion in public policy.

Harris Public Policy and the Divinity School offer a joint degree program that enables students to graduate with both a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Divinity. This program provides an opportunity for students to combine their interest in examining pertinent issues related to the church as a public institution with their interest in public and urban ministry. 

Program Details


This joint degree program allows students to complete both an MPP and MDiv within a total of four academic years; both degrees must be awarded in the same quarter.

At Harris Public Policy:

  • Students in this program take the seven required core courses, plus seven electives for a total of 14 courses in public policy, instead of the usual 18. The Harris core curriculum provides a foundation in critical analysis, reflecting Harris's belief that mastering quantitative and analytical skills prepares students to be effective public policy leaders:

At the Divinity School:

  • Students take 22 in the divinity program, instead of the usual 27. Students are obligated to complete the "teaching parish" component required for MDiv students. 
Other Requirements

Students who wish to participate in this program must be admitted to both Harris Public Policy and the Divinity School, and typically spend the first two years at the Divinity School. Students already admitted to one of the Schools may apply during their first year for admission to the other.

Anne Richard

Tackling the Global Refugee Crisis

"Our assistance is first focused on saving lives," said Harris alumna (AM'84) and former Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard as she reflected on her experience and how her education at Harris has shaped her career.