Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in the Dominican tradition

Master of Divinity

Program Overview

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) at Aquinas Institute of Theology provides a comprehensive theological education in the Roman Catholic tradition that prepares students to meet the evolving ministerial environment and needs of the 21st century, global Church. Through an 81 credit-hour program, students learn to preach, to develop their capacity as ecclesial leaders, and to attend to the needs of the broader Christian community.

The MDiv program offers students the unique opportunity for preaching by studying theology with our Dominican brothers and other members of the Dominican family.  Additionally, a number of supervised ministry experiences allows students to explore a wide variety of future ministries. These field opportunities provide students with concrete skills and experience, further preparing them for future service to the Church and our world.

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Ministry Experience

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.

Ministry Opportunities

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.

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