The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

Degrees & Programs

To view the requirements, curriculum, and other specifics for a particular degree, please see the current catalog.

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

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 normally involves a two-year course of study. 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. Students may choose a general track or one of several concentrations.

Master of Arts (M.A.)

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 Program (D.A.S.)

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.

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Certificate of Theological Studies (C.T.S.)

The Certificate of Theological Studies is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate theological education without earning a degree. The Certificate of Theological Studies program is shaped in consultation with the student’s advisor to meet the needs of the individual. It requires full-time study in residence over one or two semesters. Students in this program take part in the worship life of the seminary by attending at least one chapel service on each weekday, including the principal Eucharist on Wednesday.

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Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

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.

Doctor of Ministry in Preaching (D.Min)

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.

Doctor of Ministry in Liturgy (D.Min.)

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.

Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.)

Students will 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. has a general track and a concentration in Anglican studies are part of the School's Advanced Degrees Program.

Master of Sacred Theology in Anglican Studies (S.T.M./A.S.)

As above, but with a concentration in Anglican Studies.

Certificate in Christian Spirituality

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.