Degrees & Programs
The Master of Divinity curriculum of The School of Theology is designed to provide students with the spiritual formation, knowledge, and skills required to become committed, effective ordained clergy. Throughout the three years students have an opportunity to explore their pastoral vocation and to be formed in Christ’s own priesthood given to the church and expressed in a variety of ministries. To this end there is study of Scripture, tradition, and culture, with a view to the reasoned practice of the ministry of Word and Sacrament in both its historical context and its contemporary setting.
The Master of Arts program of The School of Theology is designed as a general academic degree for people who wish to begin advanced study of theological disciplines in a church-related setting. It is a research degree and involves a two-year course of study. A research paper is required. Advanced standing may be granted to those who come with previous work in the theological disciplines. It also may be the appropriate degree for some ordained American and international students with previous theological study. On its own, this degree does not satisfy the canonical requirements for ordination. A second general track will lead students through the classical theological disciplines and does not require a research paper.
Anglican Studies is a special program that examines Anglican theology, history, spirituality, liturgy, preaching, and polity. This program is designed primarily for those who already have a divinity degree and have transferred from the ministry of other communions to ministry in the Episcopal Church. Students are introduced to the Anglican ethos through study of the common heritage and present identity of churches comprising the Anglican Communion, and through study of the development of Anglicanism.
The Certificate of Theological Studies is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate theological education without earning a degree. The program is especially appropriate for persons who want some structured theological education, but are unable to enroll in a degree program. The Certificate of Theological Studies program is shaped to meet the needs of the individual student.
Participants will attain excellence in the practice of ministry by developing further the attitudes, skills, and knowledge essential to their ministry. The D.Min. program stresses the relationship between the practice of ministry and biblical, historical and theological knowledge. The D.Min. program is not intended to prepare persons for graduate teaching and is part of the School's Advanced Degrees Program.
The D.Min. in Preaching degree is the only such degree based at an Episcopal seminary, and is offered in response to a growing need for post-M.Div. study, instruction, and critical practice in preaching. No more than eight students will be accepted into the D.Min. in Preaching degree track each year, in order to assure adequate support for their course study and thesis project. This degree is part of the School's Advanced Degrees Program.
The Advanced Degree Program of The School of Theology, offers a track in the Doctor of Ministry degree program in Liturgy. No more than 10 students will be accepted into the D.Min. in Liturgy degree track each year in order to assure adequate support for their course of study and thesis/project. This degree is part of the School's Advanced Degrees Program.
Gain further mastery in a chosen area of theological study. Students will attain and apply the skills needed for scholarly research in a theological discipline at an advanced level. The S.T.M. program is intended for those who may wish to prepare for graduate study at the doctoral level, for various forms of teaching, for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice, or for disciplined reflection in an area of ministry. The S.T.M. and the S.T.M./A.S. are part of the School's Advanced Degrees Program.
As above, but with a concentration in Anglican Studies.
Students already enrolled in a degree program may earn a certificate in Christian spirituality by completing coursework and reflecting on experiential learning in the area of spirituality.