Master of Divinity
Forming the Next Generation of Ecclesial Leaders
The 81 credit hour Master of Divinity (MDiv) at Aquinas Institute of Theology provides a comprehensive theological education in the Roman Catholic tradition that will prepare you to meet an evolving ministerial environment and needs of our modern and global Church. In this academically rigorous and spiritually grounded program, you will learn to attend to the needs of our Church with leadership honed to promote social change in service of the common good. The curriculum includes coursework in Biblical studies, historical, systematic, moral, and pastoral theology as well as preaching and liturgical leadership, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), and Supervised Practice of Ministry (SPM).
Students in the MDiv program come from diverse backgrounds. They are lay and vowed religious, men and women, from many different countries of origin, who learn from and alongside each other in a context of dialogue and mutual understanding. Attentive to ministers' own need for spiritual formation, the curriculum includes four units of human and spiritual formation designed not only for your own personal spiritual formation, but to provide you with the tools and skills necessary to flourish in your future ministry,
The MDiv program offers you the unique opportunity to study preaching with the Dominicans - the Order of Preachers - who direct the only Catholic Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program in the world. The 16 credits of supervised ministry experiences in the program will allow you to explore a wide variety of future ministries and help you build concrete skills, further preparing you for your ministerial future.
The MDiv degree offers three opportunities to engage in field education: Supervised Practice of Ministry (SPM) I and II, as well as a Basic Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at an ACPE Certified Institution. The field education curriculum at Aquinas Institute assists student in developing a pastoral leadership style that is marked by effectiveness, service, integration, and a special commitment to the ministry of the Word.
The MDiv degree prepares students to excel in a variety of ministerial positions. These include serving as a high school and college campus minister, a parish life coordinator, a director of religious education, a hospital chaplain, and a theology teacher.
The MDiv degree is the basic academic credential required for priestly ordination in the Catholic Church. Qualified students seeking ordination to the Roman Catholic priesthood are expected to fulfill these degree requirements, as well as others outlined in the Program of Priestly Formation set forth by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.