Meadville Lombard nurtures a unique learning community where leaders come together from many faith traditions, cultural contexts, and backgrounds to engage in what it means to work for justice in today’s world. And with our Contextual Learning model, students can attain quality theological education without having to relocate.

Distinctive Master's Degree Programs

As a recognized leader among accredited theological schools, Meadville Lombard offers exceptional Master’s degree programs that prepare students for ministry and religious leadership grounded in justice, equity, and compassion.

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

A three-year professional degree program for students pursuing ordained ministry, with a particular focus on Unitarian Universalism.

MA in Leadership Studies (MALS)

An 18-month degree program focused on the theory and practice of leadership in community-based ministries, with a concentration in Faith Formation Pedagogy. The program can be completed for a stand-alone degree or a dual degree with the Master of Divinity.

Master of Arts (Religion) (MAR)

An 18-month degree program offering an in-depth, interdisciplinary study of religion to prepare for further academic study or to strengthen ongoing work in religious leadership.


The Leadership Institute for Growth, Healing, and Transformation (LIGHT) at Meadville Lombard Theological School equips values-driven individuals as well as ordained and lay liberal religious leaders with the skills for personal and social transformation through continuing education and certification programs.

LIGHT will launch in Fall 2022. Learn more and see the Fall 2022 program offerings here.

The Fahs Collaborative

Meadville Lombard hosts a laboratory for faith formation that incubates bold, creative, and faith-filled resources and practices designed to honor diversity and meet the needs of today’s world. The presence of the Fahs Collaborative adds depth to our students’ education and many unique opportunities to engage and experience the impact of leading-edge ideas and programs.

Short-Term and Immersion Learning Programs

Global Initiatives

Meadville Lombard offers several programs and scholarships that support our students in strengthening intercultural skills and broadening global perspectives, to prepare for religious leadership that crosses borders—whether geographic or social.

Other Unique Offerings

Archives & Special Collections

Meadville Lombard is home to the world’s only exclusively Unitarian Universalist archives. Our students get access to extensive collections of UU history, including the UUA congregational records and special collections of materials related to UUs of Color, Latinx UUs, humanist UUs, UU women, Global U/Us, and religious education.

Prospective Student Conference

Come visit us during Intensives and experience what it's like to be a Meadville Lombard student.