About CDSP

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A student’s experience at CDSP integrates scholarship, reflection, worship, spirituality, and the practice of ministry.

Women and men come to our historic Berkeley, California campus or attend classes online from urban and rural settings, small towns, and parishes of all sizes around the world. Their geographic and demographic diversity enriches an academic community that thrives in the unique ecumenical and inter-religious setting of the Graduate Theological Union.

Founded: 1893

Address:
2451 Ridge Road
Berkeley, CA 94709-1211

Contact: 510-204-0700

Enrollment 2017-18: 86 (plus 8 affiliated PhD students)

Teaching Faculty: 11 faculty, plus 1 visiting

Accreditation: Association of Theological Schools

Founding member of the Graduate Theological Union

President and Dean: The Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, Ph.D.
Chair, Board of Trustees: P. Don White
Academic Dean: The Rev. Ruth Meyers, Ph.D.
Dean of Students: The Rev. Andrew Hybl '12
Director of Administration: Elsbeth Wetherill
Admissions Manager: Jamie Nelson '15

Degree Programs

Certificate Programs

Student Profile

  • Enrollment 2017-18: 86 (plus 8 affiliated PhD students)
  • Receiving financial aid: 67 % (CDSP scholarships included)
  • Living in CDSP Housing: 55 %
  • Gender: 57 % Female, 42 % Male, 1% transgender
  • Average age of student body: 45
  • Average age of entering MDiv class: 42
  • States of origin: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
  • Countries of origin: England, The Philippines, United States

Mission Statement

Church Divinity School of the Pacific is a graduate theological seminary and center of theological study of the Episcopal Church, and is a founding member of the ecumenical Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Responding to the challenges of contemporary society with the good news of Jesus Christ, CDSP is rooted in our Anglican identity and tradition, and provides quality theological education that integrates scholarship, reflection, worship, spirituality, and the practice of ministry.

Accreditation

Church Divinity School of the Pacific is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The following degree programs are approved: MDiv, MTS.

CDSP also is approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program

The Commission contact information is:
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
USA
Telephone: 412-788-6505
Fax: 412-788-6510
Website: www.ats.edu

Educational Effectiveness

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Church Divinity School of the Pacific engages in regular assessment to ensure that we are meeting our mission of equipping students to be effective lay and ordained leaders in the church and in the world. The most significant practice, in which we engage to monitor effectiveness, is an annual review of assignments, activities, and work completed by students in core classes in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Theological Studies (MTS) curricula.

A new MDiv program was introduced in Summer 2016. At the end of each academic year, faculty members and outside readers assess how successfully students in the first cohorts (low-residence and residential) met the following outcomes:

  • Mission I: Students will articulate a coherent theological understanding of God’s mission, grounded in Scripture and our Christian heritage in its Anglican distinctiveness.
  • Mission II: Students will become skilled in contextual analysis that informs and shapes the church’s commitment to the common good in particular ministry settings.
  • Discipleship: Through participation in a community of worship, prayer, and service, students will cultivate the spiritual practices that enable them to gether and form Christian community, and engage Christian disciples in joining God’s mission of justice, reconciliation, and mercy.
  • Evangelism: Students will articulate the good news of God in Christ in coherent and compelling ways, both orally and in writing, in a manner that communicates the transforming power of the Gospel both within the Church and in our pluralistic world

Results at the end of the first year in the program (spring 2017) are as follows:

Below expectations Meets expectations Exceeds expectations No evidence
Mission I Residential: 13% Residential: 51% Residential: 5% Residential: 31%
Low-residence: 7% Low-residence: 60% Low-residence: 11% Low-residence: 22%
Mission II Residential: 8% Residential: 53% Residential: 29% Residential: 11%
Low-residence: 12% Low-residence: 54% Low-residence: 34% Low-residence: 0%
Discipleship Residential: 5% Residential: 50% Residential: 20% Residential: 25%
Low-residence: 2% Low-residence: 50% Low-residence: 8% Low-residence: 40%
Evangelism Residential: 7% Residential: 38% Residential: 9% Residential: 45%
Low-residence: 8% Low-residence: 46% Low-residence: 8% Low-residence: 38%

 

A new MTS program was introduced in Fall 2017. At the end of each academic year, faculty members and outside readers will assess how successfully students in the first cohorts (residential and online) met the following outcomes:

  • Mission I: Students will articulate a coherent theological understanding of God’s mission, grounded in Scripture and in Christian heritage, particularly in its Anglican distinctiveness as well as its ecumenical comprehensiveness.
  • Mission II: Students will demonstrate skill in contextual analysis that informs and deepens the church’s commitment to the common good in particular ministry settings.
  • Discipleship: Students will cultivate spiritual practices that will sustain them in their vocations, and skills that enable them to engage communities in the work of reconciliation, justice, and mercy.
  • Evangelism: Students will articulate and embody the good news of God in Jesus Christ in coherent and compelling ways, orally, in writing, and through action, communicating the transforming power of the Gospel both within the church and in our pluralistic world.

Instructors use the results of these reviews to build on the successes of their teaching and advising, and to make refinements when there is room for improvements. The faculty reviews results at their annual retreat to consider implications for the curriculum as a whole.

In addition to annual assessment of student work, CDSP monitors graduation rates and completion times for the MDiv and MTS degrees. In Fall 2016, CDSP reported graduation rates and average completion times for the following degrees:

  • MDiv:
    • Graduation rate: 100% of students who entered the program in 2010 completed within 6 years
    • Time to completion: 90% of students graduating in 2016 completed the program in 3 years; 10% completed the program in 5 years
  • MTS:
    • Graduation rate: 75% of students who entered the program in 2012 completed within 4 years

Gainful Employment Programs

See the Gainful Employment Disclosure Statement by Church Divinity School of the Pacific for two of its programs, the Certificate of Anglican Studies (CAS) and the Certificate of Theological Studies (CTS).