Master of Divinity

Preparing students for varied ministries, the Master of Divinity provides general theological education in the Roman Catholic tradition and professional skills that they will need to serve in ministry. Students in the M.Div. program learn to attend to the needs of the Church and promote social change in a manner that contributes to the common good. Degree Program Outcomes for the M.Div.

What kind of skills will I acquire?
We expect graduates to:

  • understand and discuss the meaning of Scriptures and the theological tradition of the Roman Catholic community
  • communicate the Christian message by preaching and teaching
  • minister in collaborative and ecumenical environments
  • lead any planning for public worship and the celebration of the sacraments
  • aid people experiencing personal or religious crisis

Does the program train candidates for ordination to the priesthood?
Yes, it fulfills “The Program of Priestly Formation” guidelines set forth by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. The spiritual formation of candidates and the exact requirements for ordination remain the responsibility of each candidate’s sponsoring religious body. These students usually obtain a Master of Divinity degree as part of their preparation for ordination.

Can a lay Catholic apply for the M.Div. degree?
Increasingly, laity are being called to serve in pastoral leadership roles. The M.Div. is the comprehensive professional preparation for a career in ministry.

Program Content

The 81 hours of course work required for the M.Div. degree are distributed as follows:

M.Div. Course Requirements (non-ordination track)

Course Title Credit Hours
Integrative Studies
Proseminar 3
Integrative Seminar 1
Use of Philosophy in Theology 3
Biblical Studies
Bible Interpretation 3
Old Testament Scripture Elective 3
New Testament Scripture Elective 3
Systematic Theology
Introduction to Theology and Theological Method 3
Christology 3
Ecclesiology 3
Historical Studies
Church History I: Patristic and Medieval 3
Church History II: Reformation to Post-Modern Era 3
Moral Theology
Foundations of Catholic Morality 3
Ethics of Human Sexuality 3
Justice and Catholic Social Teaching 3
Pastoral Theology
Foundations of Pastoral Care 3
Adult Christian Formation 2
Canon Law of Marriage 2
Principles of Canon Law 2
Foundations of Preaching I 2
Foundations of Preaching II 2
Liturgical Worship
Theology of Worship 3
Christian Initiation 3
Eucharist 3
Liturgical Leadership (baptismal) 2
Reconciliation or Pastoral Care of the Sick 1
Professional Ministerial Formation
Supervised Practice of Ministry I 3
Supervised Practice of Ministry II 3
Pastoral Year 6
Clinical Pastoral Education 4
Spiritual Formation
Human & Spiritual Formation (where applicable) 4 units

To apply, please follow the instructions on our Application Materials page.