Leadership Development, Vocational Discernment & Theological Education

Among the many benefits of becoming involved in religious and philosophical communities is the opportunity for leadership development, community building, and vocational discernment. These skills and connections are valuable in whatever paths students take beyond Tufts.

In particular, the University Chaplaincy seeks to encourage and support students and alumni considering graduate education in religion, theology, and interfaith work, including those who may be discerning a calling to professional religious leadership. As religious professionals, Tufts’ chaplains are knowledgeable about many opportunities for graduate theological education. We enjoy helping students and alumni consider which programs might be the best matches for their goals, connecting them with scholarships and denominational credentialing bodies, and supporting them with reference letters and networking opportunities. We also provide opportunities for spiritual formation that can aid in the discernment process.

Students and alumni interested in theological education or discerning a vocation to religious leadership are encouraged to express these interests to Tufts’ chaplains at the earliest possible opportunity. We can help guide students and alumni toward coursework and other opportunities (e.g., leadership positions, study-away programs, internships, and volunteer opportunities) that can enhance their preparation. The University Chaplaincy serves as a resource center for information, catalogs, and application materials from graduate theological schools, and admissions officers of these schools contact us seeking to meet promising potential applicants.

Students and alumni are encouraged to work with the University Chaplaincy, the Religion Department, and the Career Center as three valuable resources for shaping their academic and career plans. Many Tufts alumni have gone on to lead significant careers in religion and allied fields, and we take special joy in stewarding this tradition of Tufts leadership in spiritual life.

Some of the graduate schools Tufts alumni have explored include: