Honorary Degrees in Theology

Our honorary Degrees are the same type of Degrees one would receive from any church sponsored school in America or abroad. These Degrees allow you to use the respective postnomial, such as D.D.

Typically, a Degree will open many doors. Thus, thousands of people around the globe have already received honorary Degrees either from a church or a university. Most countries have recognized church degrees for centuries.

Honorary Degrees do not bestow authority, such as performing pastoral functions or anything that requires State or federal licensing. It is strictly a religious Degree. However, it does allow you to use the appropriate title as well as to list it on Résumés and job Applications.

If you are an ordained or licensed clergy person, an Honorary Degree may give you more credibility and authority in church and society. If you are not an ordained or licensed clergy person and would like to be incardinated into a church, the School may make recommendations, as appropriate, or refer you to a suitable jurisdiction.

A special test for an honorary degree is not required. A doctoral theology degree is often a supportive element in church outreach and operation. Historically, it is the first degree the church has offered.

Policy and Procedures

This section outlines the School's policy and procedures in regards to the granting of honorary degrees. Meister Eckhart Divinity School has begun granting honorary Degrees since 2018. 

1.  Meister Eckhart Divinity School awards degrees honoris causa (translated: for the purpose of honor) in order to reward or advance outstanding individuals in the area of academic, educational, pastoral and leadership achievement. Thus, honorary Degrees may be awarded to a person deserving of honor by virtue of scholarly distinction, noteworthy public service or significant contributions to the church at large.

2.  In the selection process of candidates for honorary Degrees, preference is given to those who have served at least 10 to 15 years in the ministry. 

3.  All aspects of the nomination process are confidential. Nominations may be submitted by any person or organization. However, each nomination must be endorsed by either the President or Chancellor of Meister Eckhart Divinity School. Every nomination must be accompanied by a biographical sketch and Résumé of the candidate, a summary of the accomplishments or deeds for which the nominee would be honored, incl. supporting documents.

4.  The Honorary Degree Committee makes its recommendations to the President of the School, once all paperwork is complete and the tuition is paid in full.

5.  Nomination records of persons selected to receive honorary Degrees become part of the official archival filing system of the School.

6.  Scheduling of conferring an Honorary Degree depends on the convenience of the School and of the person being honored. The President of the School has complete discretion in scheduling.

7.  In general, no more than two honorary Degrees are conferred per year. Reasonable exceptions can be made in individual circumstances.

8.  The format of the honorary degree itself is to be the same as that for Degrees awarded to regular students. Degrees are granted only in the name of Meister Eckhart Divinity School with the campus designation appearing in the body of the certificate as a means of specifying the location where the degree is conferred.

9.  Honorary degrees may be awarded in absentia.

10.  Should an Honorary Degree designee not be accepted in the year the Degree is to be awarded, the name shall be resubmitted for approval, and the Chancellor or School President recommends conferring the Degree in a later year.

10. As of the current fiscal year, the School has set the following tuition scale:

Associate in Theology (A.Th.) $400
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) $850
Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) $1100