COVID-19 Update:

Dear Summer Study Participant, I am writing to let you know that Yale Divinity School Summer Study 2020 has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

If you have already paid for registration, you will receive a complete refund.  We will soon send more information about the refund process.  

We understand that this cancellation is as disappointing to you as it is to us.  We all had been looking forward to an insight- and fun-filled two weeks on the YDS campus. 

We hope to roll over much of Summer Study 2020 to Summer Study 2021, so that you will be able to take the same course from the same instructor, only 12 months later.  We’d love to welcome you here on campus in June 2021!

We appreciate your patience and your loyalty.  Most importantly, we wish you good health and all blessings!

For the entire Summer Study team,

Jan Hagens
Director of YDS Summer Study

–updated March 27, 2020

Summer Study 2020 will take place June 1-5 and June 8-12. 

Join us on the beautiful Sterling Divinity Quadrangle in New Haven for a study retreat, for personal and professional development, and to discover Yale’s libraries, collections, and community. Summer Study is open to the public and runs in two sessions. 

Summer Study participants have full access to program professors and the abundant resources of Yale University (Sterling Memorial Library, Peabody Museum, Yale Center for Faith & Culture, etc.). While the ordained clergy from various denominations often find our courses especially valuable, Summer Study classes are open to adults of any background, profession, or age.

Program costs are associated solely with the courses for which participants register. Weekly courses are $460 per participant with a discount for current YDS students. There is also an automatic discount for multiple course selections. This multi-course discount does not apply to current student registrations.

The final deadline to register is May 25, but courses may close before that date with no warning.


“Divine Inspiration”: Read the Daily Nutmeg feature on YDS Summer Study


Courses can count towards continuing education requirements for some clergy. Participants receive a Yale Certificate of Completion at the end of the course week.

Please share this program with churches under your care and pastors who are part of your denominational tradition—or anyone else in your networks who you think will enjoy the opportunity to immerse themselves in weeklong courses on topics essential to practical church ministry and personal enrichment.

For more information, see What to Expect.

Yale Divinity School’s 2020 Summer Study program is open to the public, and all are welcome.

For further information about Summer Study, Contact Us.