Welcome to the DU/Iliff Joint Doctoral Program in the Study of Religion!

The Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) combines the strengths and resources of the University of Denver (DU) and the Iliff School of Theology, separate institutions that have shared a campus and a passion for the public good since the 1890s. Together, we offer an innovative, interdisciplinary PhD program for those who have already obtained a masters degree in religion, theology, or a related field and want to pursue deeper study with a diverse, world-renowned faculty.

For three years students work together in residence, taking classes in theory, pedagogy, lived religion, conceptual approaches, and religion in text, image and artifact, while also defining their individual academic specializations through elective course work. A certificate in Latinx Studies and a Future Faculty in Religion certificate provide additional options. The JDP prepares students for independent research, teaching, and service. Our alumni are using these abilities in higher ed., religious organizations, counseling centers, government agencies, and other professional venues. See a list of faculty strengths or recent dissertations to better understand the strengths of this program.

Use the menus above to explore the program. We hope to see your application soon!

Mission Statement

Drawing broadly upon the resources of both institutions, the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology Joint Doctoral Program in the Study of Religion (JDP) prepares globally minded, socially-conscious scholar-teachers through dynamic, interdisciplinary training in the study of religion as theorized and lived.



Prospective students are welcome to join us for a Virtual Visit Day on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 9:00 - 10:30 am Mountain Time.  You will meet the JDP staff and some current students and faculty.  Please RSVP by Dec. 4, to Dr. Rhonda Eaker, Program Manager, at jointphd@iliff.edu

Individual visits can also be arranged to meet with program staff, faculty, and students, contact jointphd@iliff.edu at least 2 weeks in advance and we will be happy to set up a visit for you.  

Of course, we are also happy to chat about the program via zoom. 

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