The 2012–2013 catalog for The School of Theology is available in an electronic version (PDF) only. (Updated 10.12.12) It can be printed if necessary.
The 2012–2013 catalog for The School of Theology is available in an electronic version (PDF) only. (Updated 10.12.12) It can be printed if necessary.
If you’re in the discernment process as a postulant or exploring your faith and ministry as a lay leader, a visit to The School of Theology at the University of the South is your best way to experience Episcopal seminary education in Sewanee. Student-organized and student-led, Come & See 2013 will introduce you to community life and theological formation in one of the most beautiful settings in the nation.
The Come & See weekend inlcudes a wide range of activities.
The University of the South provides an unparalleled environment for structured and academically challenging theological study and worship as an integral part of formation. Located on a wooded 13,000-acre campus known as the Domain, Sewanee boasts a tight-knit community of undergraduate and graduate students who, along with faculty and the community at large, value and practice a sustainable lifestyle.
At The School of Theology, you will find:
Sewanee is a “thin” place, a place charged with God’s presence, a place where the corporal and the spiritual meet. Located in Middle Tennessee, up on the Cumberland Plateau, its natural beauty is unparalled. Learn more about Sewanee.
8:10 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:30–9 a.m. Continental breakfast
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Registration in Foyer
9–9:30 a.m. Welcome
9:30–10:15 a.m. "Then, Now, and Then" Panel
10:15–10:30 a.m. Break
10:30–11:45 a.m. Track 1— Attend class of your choice
Track 2— Learn about St. Andrew's–Sewanee
Track 3 — Learn about what spouses do
11:50 a.m. Meet to depart for lunch
12 Noon–1:15 p.m. Lunch at McClurg Dining Hall
1:30–1:45 p.m. Resident chaplain program
1:45–2:15 p.m. Laurie Kianka, director of rental housing
2:15–3 p.m. Financial Aid, Connie Arrick, director of operations
3 p.m. Free time
3–5:45 p.m. Walking tour of campus
5:45 p.m. Community Eucharist, dinner, activity fair
7:30–9 a.m. Registration
8:10 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:30–9 a.m. Continental breakfast
8:50–10:15 a.m. Track 1— Attend class of your choice
Track 2 — Tour St. Andrew's–Sewanee
Track 3 — Tour Sewanee Elementary School
10:15–10:30 a.m. Break
10:30–11:45 a.m. Track 1 — Attend class of your choice
Track 2 — Tour St. Andrew's- Sewanee
Track 3 — Tour Sewanee Elementary School
Track 4 — Campus walking tour
12 Noon Eucharist
12:45–1:45 p.m. Lunch
2–3:15 p.m. Tour of housing:
Track 1— Housing for singles
Track 2 — Housing for families
3:15–5:30 p.m. Free Time
5:30–7 p.m. Vice-Chancellor’s reception
7:15 p.m. Dinner in students’ homes
9 a.m. Morning Prayer
9:30–10 a.m. Continental breakfast
10–10:45 a.m. Community panel
10:45–11:15 a.m. Academic life, the Rev. Dr. James Turrell
Community life, the Rev. Nikki Mathis
11:15–11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. Wrap up with the Rev. Annwn Myers
The admission's process with Roslyn Weaver
12 Noon Dean's farewell, lunch
Questions? Please email Roz Weaver, admissions coordinator.
The School of Theology annually awards a small number of Chancellor’s Scholarships. These are grants above and beyond an applicant’s demonstrated financial need to some students of exceptional promise preparing for distinctive ministries in the Episcopal Church. Applicants who wish to be considered for a Chancellor’s Scholarship should include a letter with their financial aid application, describing their plans for ministry and mission, and indicating their qualifications. Recipients are selected prior to entering seminary. Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients will continue to receive their award for the normal period of the degree program if their performance is deemed adequate by the faculty.
This scholarship was established as a memorial by his wife, Anne Griffin, and daughter, Shore Griffin. William A. Griffin taught Old Testament at The School of Theology from 1959 until his untimely death in 1988. Recipients are selected to participate in a summer study abroad program conducted in the Holy Land. Griffin believed that travel and study in the Holy Land should be a part of every seminarian's experience to give a sense of authenticity in Biblical studies that is hard to come by otherwise.
DuBose Scholarships are based on need. You must be at least 32 years old by May 1; be a postulant or candidate for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church; and be enrolled in an approved seminary to be considered for a scholarship. Click here for application and instructions. Deadline for submitting an application is April 30.
The Evangelical Education Society of the Episcopal Church makes Evangelism for the 21st Century grants of up to $5,000 for special initiatives to Episcopalians at ATS-accredited schools. For further information, visit their Web site at www.ees1862.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: This is a grant for actual ministry initiatives, not for tuition, books, or living expenses at school.
Awards have been granted from time to time to seminarians from Georgia as an expression of the interest and high regard of Masons for young people who devote their lives to the service of God and humanity. These awards are made only on the nomination of the dean upon request of the Knights Templar Educational Foundation. Application forms are available from the office of the Grand Recorder of the Grand Commandery of each Division or Division Chairman.
The George Mercer Jr. Memorial Scholarships are designed to assist worthy or deserving students in being educated for the sacred ministry in accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America and in the George Mercer Jr. Memorial School of Theology. Applications may be made following the report of the individual's academic work in the junior year, upon recommendation of the faculty of The School of Theology for students in their second and third year of seminary. A student's application must be submitted through the office for community life, attention Dean Mathis.
This grant is for female applicants seeking training in any recognized church-related college, seminary, or training school in the United States or abroad. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have at least two years of college education or its equivalent. For more information, visit their Web site at www.dok-national.org/Forms.htm. To apply, write to Attention: Master Fund Chair, 101 Weatherstone Dr., Suite 870, Woodstock, GA 30188.
These scholarships aid students preparing for the ministry or for any form of religious leadership. Applicants should write to the Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in their home state. Address of state chapter can be obtained from any local chapter.
This scholarship is for seminarians from the Diocese of Atlanta and available to new and continuing students. For more information visit their Web site at www.emmanuelathens.org/main_menu_items/6_ministries/all_groups/wr_screen.html. Apply through Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 498 Prince Ave., Athens, GA, 30601.
Qualified students from high school to postgraduate levels who can satisfy fairly high scholastic requirements and who are considering teaching as their vocation are eligible for this grant. For more information, visit their Web site at www.roothbertfund.org. Interview required with the New York–based committee. Address: The Roothbert Fund, Inc., 475 Riverside Dr., Room 252, New York, NY 10115.
Grants-in-aid have been awarded by the Society for the Increase of the Ministry to needy postulants or candidates attending seminary in preparation for ordination in the Episcopal Church. Application forms may be obtained from the Society for the Increase in Ministry, 920 Farmington Ave., Suite 202, West Hartford, CT 06107-2231, e-mail: email@example.com, or download an application from www.simministry.org/scholarships.php5.
Loans are made by one of 50 state divisions. For address of a given state's educational foundation, contact Charles R. Neumann, 5097 N. Elston Ave., Suite 101, Chicago, IL 60630.
This is a revolving emergency loan fund available for the training of Episcopal priests available only once in a seminary career in the amount of $1,000. Apply through the Office of Financial Aid.
Loans are made to American students with no restriction as to race, sex, or religion, who are within two years of their final degree from college or graduate school with a maximum of $4,000 to any one student over a period of two years, without interest. Address: 1620 Eye St., NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20006, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educating men and women since 1878, The School of Theology at the University of the South is an intellectual center grounded in faith, Anglican heritage, and rigorous sholarship. You are invited to explore the admission process.
The School of Theology of the University of the South offers generous financial aid to supplement students’ own resources and the financial support of the parishes and dioceses that send them. Financial aid is meant to serve the church’s mission by opening the way to excellent theological education to those who otherwise could not afford it, and to minimize the burden of additional educational debt carried into parish ministry. Thanks to the gifts of many generations, Sewanee has substantial resources for these purposes, and is glad to be able to meet as much as possible of students’ demonstrated financial need.
To ensure that grant aid goes where it is needed most, applicants for financial aid are required to demonstrate financial need. These awards are calculated on the basis of income from all sources in relation to allowable expenses, up to a maximum grant level set annually.
All necessary financial aid application materials are available online <http://theology.sewanee.edu/admissions/financial-aid> or from the Office of Financial Aid. 2013-14 new students and second-year students should return their materials to Connie Arrick at The School of Theology, 335 Tennessee Avenue. 2013-14 rising seniors should return their financial aid materials to the Office of Financial Aid, The University of the South, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383-1000
Returning students should file applications for aid no later than February 1, 2013. Applicants who have been admitted and made complete financial aid application by March 8, 2013, will receive notification of their aid awards in May. Entering students filing after March 8, 2013, will be notified of their aid awards in as timely a manner as possible.
Some scholarship monies are available for tuition to students enrolled in the Advanced Degrees Program. A financial aid request form is available via email request. It must be returned by April 9 in order to be considered for the coming summer. Scholarship money is available only for tuition. The student is responsible for all other costs, such as travel, housing, board, etc. Financial aid is not available to special students.
Guidelines for Financial Aid
The School of Theology annually awards a small number of Chancellor’s Scholarships, grants above and beyond an applicant’s demonstrated financial need, to some students of exceptional promise preparing for distinctive ministries in the Episcopal Church. Applicants who wish to be considered for a Chancellor’s Scholarship should include a letter with their financial aid application, describing their plans for ministry and mission and indicating their qualifications. Recipients are selected prior to entering seminary, and the financial documentation described below must be provided by those students. Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients will continue to receive their award for the normal period of the degree program if their performance is deemed adequate by the faculty.
Financial aid is available to full-time students for the normal period to complete a degree or program (three years for the M.Div., two years for the M.A., and one year for the Certificate in Anglican Studies). Part-time, degree-seeking students may apply for financial aid in the same manner as full-time students. If aid for a part-time student is approved, it will be on a pro-rated basis, according to the number of credit hours the student is taking in the semester in question. The maximum financial aid granted during the student’s program cannot exceed the total of what would have been awarded if completed on a full-time basis. Part-time students who are not in a degree program are not eligible for financial aid. Financial need is calculated for a 12-month period except for the final year when it is calculated for a 10-month period.
Financial aid may not be used for study at other institutions. Students may apply for grants for cross-cultural study from other sources and from special funds at The School of Theology.
1. Need-based University grants are awarded after all sources of income and estimated expenses are identified. It is the responsibility of the student to provide the required information, including: financial aid application, Form 1040 federal income tax return from the last completed filing year, letters of diocesan and parish support, copies of applications for outside scholarships, documentation of student’s income, documentation of spouse’s current and anticipated net salary, documentation of child support, documentation of uninsured medical expenses, documentation of assets, and cost of health insurance. The current and anticipated income of a spouse must be included even if the spouse is not living in Sewanee. Each year, the University determines a maximum amount of need-based aid for applicants. The maximum amount takes into account the size of the household. Need-based awards will not exceed that amount.
2. Letters from the sponsoring parish and the sponsoring diocese, indicating all local sources of support, are required as part of the need-based financial aid application (except in the M.A. program, in which church sponsorship is not required.) A list of potential resources for outside scholarship assistance is provided under Other Sources of Grants, published in the Catalog and on the website. Many students find other potential resources on the Internet. It is the responsibility of all applicants for need-based financial aid to show evidence of submitting applications for scholarships from at least three outside sources in addition to diocese and parish, before the University will award additional financial aid. To offer an additional incentive to seek outside scholarships, students who win outside scholarships, not including diocesan, parish, or family grants, will have only fifty percent (50%) of that additional aid counted as income in calculating their financial need.
3. Information about all assets must be provided as part of the need-based financial aid application. A percentage of all assets held by the student and the student’s spouse (if applicable) is considered as available annually to help meet the costs while in seminary. For 2011-12, that percentage is ten percent (10%) for all assets. There are special provisions for retirement accounts to which the student does not have access without penalty. Twenty-five percent (25%) of such retirement accounts are exempt, and an additional ten percent (10%) for students under 59.5 years of age. For students with dependents who are attending college full-time, the University will exempt up to $10,000 per dependent college student. Debt and debt service cannot be considered as part of a student’s financial need, although in some cases liabilities may be set against assets (e.g. house mortgages).
4. There is a minimum amount, annually set, which a student and (if applicable) a student’s spouse must contribute toward their own support, irrespective of need or employment. For 2011-12, the contribution is $1,500 for a student and $2,000 for a spouse. That contribution is waived in the case of a spouse caring for children too young to be eligible for Sewanee child care. To encourage spousal employment, the University will exclude one third of spouses’ after-tax earnings from consideration as revenue.
5. The School of Theology Student Employment Program (work-study) is available to eligible seminary students and spouses through positions created in various departments of the University and The School of Theology. Students receiving need-based financial aid must have Student Employment Program or other jobs. A full-time seminary student typically works a maximum of 12 hours per week.
6. Cost of attendance for 2013-14 incoming students and second-year students is based on a budget set by the institution. This budget is based on tuition and fees and a modest cost of living allowance for housing, food, utilities, books, transportation, and other incidental personal expenses. In addition, students may submit documented health insurance premiums, out-of-pocket medial expenses, and certain childcare expenses, which will be added to the cost of attendance within predetermined limits. Rising seniors will continue to estimate expenses and follow the instructions on the 2013-14 rising-senior financial aid application.
7. Students who purchase a house in the Sewanee area and apply for financial aid must declare the house as an asset.
8. Normally, the University considers only the expense of one household for purposes of financial aid; the expense of a second household, away from Sewanee, is in general not included. In special cases, when a student can demonstrate the necessity of maintaining two households, a limited proportion of the extra household expense may be allowable.
9. If both spouses wish to enroll in seminary and seek financial aid at the same time, they must indicate this intention at the time of their applications. Financial aid will be awarded on the basis of the expenses of a combined household.
10. The University and St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School provide significant assistance for seminary children attending St. Andrew’s-Sewanee. No educational expenses for children are allowable except for daycare for pre-school children.
A Sanford Fund loan of $1,000 is available to School of Theology students for extraordinary circumstances. Students may borrow no more than this amount from the Sanford Fund during their seminary years. No justification is required for a Sanford Loan, as long as the student meets the loan requirements.
In the event of emergency need, students should first request a loan from the Sanford Fund. If that fund has been used and the student presents evidence of need, the Dean may designate funding from other sources.
Students receiving financial aid must report significant changes that occur in their financial situation during the course of an academic year. In some cases the financial aid grant may be recalculated. Such recalculations will be made at the end of the semester, to apply to the following semester. It is the responsibility of students to assess their financial outlook at the end of each semester.
A student whose performance is evaluated by the faculty of The School of Theology as “inadequate” is not eligible to receive financial aid for the following year. Reinstatement of aid is dependent upon reacceptance into the graduate program of The School of Theology and a letter from the student to the Dean requesting reinstatement of financial aid.
Pre-registration deposit: $50
Paid when applicant accepts admission; nonrefundable but credited at registration to the tuition charge when the admitted applicant registers.
All regular students (full-time) and non-degree-seeking students (full-time)*
One-half payable by due date each semester.
*A person taking 12 credit hours per semester is considered a full-time student and will be charged full tuition and fees.
Activities fee: $256
Wednesday lunch fee: $270
Vehicle registration fee: $80
Medical insurance: The student must provide a copy of his or her health insurance card to the Registrar at registration.
Regular students (part-time): The tuition fee will be $615 per credit hour taken. A person taking 12 credit hours per semester is considered a full-time student and will be charged full tuition and fees.
University housing: $456-1,298 per month
Estimated cost for books: $1,500 per year.
Fee per credit hour at the seminary: $615
AUDIT Fee per credit hour at the seminary: $175
AUDIT Fee per credit hour at the college: $210
Tuition and fees are payable no later than June 11, 2013
Registration deposit: $50 (paid when applicant accepts admission and with each summer’s registration; nonrefundable but credited to the tuition charge at registration)
University Housing: $472 (Subject to change)
Tuition per course: $1,242 (Courses are three-credit hours)
Audit fee per course: $222
There is a $150 continuance fee to stay in the program for those missing a summer.
Spouses of seminary students
Seminary student spouses may audit one course each semester, for no fee, at The School of Theology with permission of the instructor. They may also, with the approval of the Dean, take one course each semester for credit at The School of Theology for a fee of $50. Spouses may also, with the approval of the Dean, audit one course per semester at the College of Arts and Sciences for a fee of $100. Additional courses for audit or credit may be taken for the full appropriate tuition.
Admission to the performing arts and film series, the Sewanee Purple, Cap and Gown, and Sewanee Theological Review, a variety of student activities, SPO box rental, transcripts, counseling services, and athletic privileges, including free admission to intercollegiate events. (The fee does not cover use of the golf course. Annual golf course memberships cost $75 or a greens fee of $3.75 per day/$7.50 on weekends.)
Vehicle registration fee is required and covers one or more cars belonging to the same owner.
Penalty fees may be charged for late or incomplete registration, re-examinations, make-up examinations, or for removal at the end of a grading period of a mark of “Incomplete.”
In addition to general expenses, students will have other living expenses that will vary in accordance with their individual situations. Applicants who work out comprehensive budgets should communicate with the Office of Financial Aid in order to obtain detailed information on living costs in Sewanee. There also will be room and board expenses connected with the clinical pastoral education program in the summer following the junior year and summer immersion field education programs. An estimate of these expenses can be obtained from the director of field education.
Full-time, academic-year tuition is billed each semester as one-half of the total annual amount and is due in August and January, 10 days before each semester starts. Part-time, academic-year tuition is billed in full for each semester and due in August and January, 10 days before each semester starts. Academic-year fees are billed in full at the start of the first semester and are due 10 days before the semester starts. Summer term tuition, fees and expenses are billed in April and payable by June 1 each summer.
For many academic-year students with sufficient financial need, the actual amount of financial aid is more than the fees payable. The difference will be refunded to the student, subject to holdback for rental housing commitments or outstanding debt. Students who prefer to pay educational expenses in installments may want to consider one of the deferred payment plans offered by commercial lending organizations. Information about such plans is available from the Office of Financial Aid. The university accepts installment payments of semester charges only by means of one of these plans.
Any balance remaining on the student bill, after credit for financial aid, must be paid in full by the due date; the University accepts monthly payment only by means of the plans mentioned above. No student who has any past due balance on his or her account will be permitted to register for classes or obtain a transcript of grades.
All students at The School of Theology must have adequate health insurance coverage for themselves and if applicable, family members. Students are required to furnish evidence of such insurance prior to registration. Failure to provide evidence of insurance may preclude registration at the university’s option. A student medical insurance plan is available for those students who do not already have insurance. Information about this plan is sent to new students before the beginning of the school year.
A SEWANEE Card is issued to all students as a means of identification.
Students will have the options of using cash, check, commercial credit card, or ATM card at many University facilities. A full-service automated teller machine (ATM) is located in front of the College Bookstore.
Single men and women may be housed in conference housing for the three-week period. Conference housing generally consists of houses turned into mini-dorms, rather than traditional dormitories. Students in conference housing must provide their own bed linens (sheets, blankets, pillows) and towels. All dormitory residents must also purchase the board plan. Some student and faculty houses and apartments may be sublet from persons who will be away for the summer. The board plan is optional if you choose this type of housing. The housing form must be submitted by May 1. Sublet information will be available in the spring.
Students who stay in conference housing must purchase the board plan. The plan is optional for others. The plan provides for breakfast and dinner at McClurg Dining Hall and lunch in the Hamilton Hall refectory. Those not on the board plan may purchase lunch on weekdays.
Students who have account balances will receive a statement. This statement is due within 30 days to avoid a late payment penalty. Statements will be sent to the student mailbox at the Seminary. If there is a credit shown on the statement, please contact the Student Accounts office at ext. 1432 or 1347 to receive a refund. Please call a few days in advance of the date that you need the refund.
The School of Theology may accept credit for transfer to a degree program, advanced placement and professional certificates after appropriate evaluation. Such evaluations are made by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. All transfer work is evaluated on a course-by-course basis using the following criteria:
Non-degree-seeking students may enroll in courses in the Advanced Degree Program with some limitations. Special students must be able to do graduate level work, and the Advanced Degrees Committee reserves the right to determine who will be admitted as a special student. Special students are limited to nine credit hours.
Special student applications must be approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and include: