The diploma of 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 thorough study of the development of Anglicanism.

Normally, the applicant for Anglican studies has a master of divinity (M.Div.) degree from an accredited seminary. Most such applicants pursue the diploma in Anglican studies, which normally requires one academic year’s residence, appropriate course work, and participation in the worship life of the seminary community by attending at least one chapel service on each weekday, including the principal Eucharist on Wednesday.

Qualified applicants may instead pursue the degree of master of sacred theology (S.T.M.) in Anglican studies, which entails study-in-residence during the academic year, and the writing of a thesis. 

Students whose prior M.Div. coursework duplicates part of the curriculum should consult the associate dean for academic affairs about advanced standing. This outline represents the minimum program requirement. 

Advent Semester Easter Semester
Foundations of Christian Spirituality Introduction to Preaching
Pastoral Liturgics: The Prayer Book of the Episcopal Church History of Christian Worship
Pastoral Theology: Theology and Practice of Pastoral Care Theology Elective
Anglican History from the Reformation to the Windsor Report  
Church Music  

Students are encouraged to take a semester of contextual education, which includes field education. Students may consult their diocese and the director of contextual education regarding this.

Non-credit Graduation Requirements
  • Constitution and Canons (Title IV) Workshop
  • Safeguarding God's People Workshop
  • Safeguarding God's Children Workshop
  • Cultural Diversity Workshop
  • Introduction to the Beecken Center
  • Chapel participation, as scheduled