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.
2451 Ridge Road
Berkeley, CA 94709-1211
Enrollment 2016-17: 84 (plus 12 affiliated PhD students)
Teaching Faculty: 7 faculty, 2 visiting, and 3 afffiliate
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. Ann Hallisey, D.Min.
Director of Administration: Elsbeth Wetherill
Director of Recruitment and Admissions: The Rev. Andrew Hybl '12
- Master of Divinity
- Master of Theological Studies
- Concurrent Master of Divinity/Master of Arts
- Master of Arts (with Graduate Theological Union)
- Receiving financial aid: 60 % (CDSP scholarships included)
- Living in CDSP Housing: 36 %
- Gender: 44 % Female, 55 % Male, 1% transgender
- Average age of student body: 46
- Average age of entering MDiv class: 38
- States of origin: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.
- Countries of origin: Canada, Egypt, India, Japan, The Phillippines, United States
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.
Statement of Educational Effectiveness
Church Divinity School of the Pacific engages in regular self-evaluation 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 across the whole spectrum of the curriculum. Faculty members and outside readers assess how successfully students met the following outcomes:
- Broad knowledge of the theological disciplines and:
- Specific knowledge of the distinctive flavor and role of Anglicanism in social, historical, and theological perspective
- Knowledge of the different theological perspectives of the Christian tradition
- An integrated understanding of:
- The theological disciplines, and an ability to reflect theologically
- The relationship between theology and ministry.
- Beginning expertise in the arts of ministry: teaching, preaching, pastoring, leading worship, and encouraging the ministries of others.
- Growth in spiritual depth, moral integrity, and social concern.
- Capacity for ministerial and public leadership with awareness of the wide range of pastoral roles and skills.
- Enhanced sensitivity to multicultural realities as the context for ministry and an awareness of world religions.
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 together at their annual retreat to consider implications for the curriculum as a whole.
From Fall 2009 to Spring 2013, CDSP had the graduation rates and average completion times for the following degrees:
- MDiv: 85.1% graduation rate, completed in an average of 3 years for those attending full time, and 4.75 years for those attending part time
- MTS: 50% graduation rate, completed in an average of 2 years for those attending full time, and 4.5 years for those attending part time
- DMin: 55.6% graduation rate, completed in an average of 3 years for those attending full time, and 6.5 years for those attending part time
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, DMin.
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
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).