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Our Mission

At Meadville Lombard Theological School, our mission is to educate students in the Unitarian Universalist tradition to embody liberal religious ministry in Unitarian Universalist congregations and wherever else they are called to serve. We do this to take into the world our Unitarian Universalist vision of justice, equity, and compassion.

Education at Meadville Lombard

Meadville Lombard Theological School is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada, offering top master's degree programs to prepare students for ministry and religious leadership in the Unitarian Universalist tradition of justice, equity, and compassion. As a recognized leader among theological schools, Meadville Lombard created the Contextual Learning model to combine innovative learning, intensive courses for low residency, and integrated mentorships for on-site experience. Meadville’s graduate programs enable you to pursue your degree wherever you wish to live across the country and beyond. We offer the following graduate degree programs
  • The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree is a three-year, low-residency graduate program that prepares students for ordained ministry in roles as varied as parish ministry, chaplaincy, and not-for-profit leadership. 
  • The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) degree is a two-year graduate program for laypersons who seek an interdisciplinary approach to theological reflection, religious experience, and ethical action. 
  • The Master of Arts in Leadership Studies (MALS) degree program provides advanced work for lay leaders, ministers, and ministerial students in the theory and practice of leadership within Unitarian Universalist and other faith-based congregations and community-based ministries.
  • The Master of Arts in Leadership Studies with a Concentration in Lay Community Ministry (MALS in Lay Community Ministry) degree is an 18-month program for religious leaders whose work is community oriented and/or are interested in developing religious social justice work. This program incorporates academic work and real world engagement that integrate personal awareness, professional proficiencies, and global consciousness for more mindful, compassionate leadership in any culture or organizational context.
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