Master of Divinity (M.DIV.)

 

A theological curriculum reflects an understanding of the nature of theology in its historical and cultural contexts. The M.Div. program at CDSP, offered in both residential and low-residence formats, is designed to address the special needs of professional ministry, both ordained and lay, in The Episcopal Church.

The design and content of the CDSP M.Div. curriculum provides:

  • a thorough and integrated grounding in the Christian tradition;
  • opportunities for learning the distinctive role of Anglicanism-socially, historically, and theologically;
  • a clear focus on spiritual growth and discipline in the context of theological study;
  • an awareness of different religious, theological, and cultural perspectives;
  • integrative experience and study in all courses; and
  • opportunities to honor differing needs, abilities, and cultural backgrounds of students;
  • experience and practice in the skills of ministry, both on campus and at field education sites.

The curriculum reflects an understanding of theology that includes the following elements:

  • The discipline of theology is seen as an integrated whole.
  • For practical and pedagogical reasons, the curriculum is organized by fields of study.
  • Courses seek to explain historical and cultural forces that shape Christian institutions and thought.
  • Courses are directed to personal formation in the Christian faith as well as to its conceptual underpinning.

Summary of Requirements

The length of the residential program is three years full time, but not more than ten years part-time, including internship and leaves of absence. The low-residence program is designed to be completed by a part-time student in a minimum of four academic years, including four June intensives and four January intensives. The curriculum includes requirements for specific minimum area coverage, which can often be met by successful completion of one of several courses.

Residential MDiv Course Requirements

Courses marked with an asterisk must be taken with CDSP faculty.

Anglicanism * (1 Course)
Biblical Studies (4 courses)
  • 1 Old Testament Introduction
  • 1 New Testament Introduction
  • 1 Biblical Language
  • 1 Using Exegesis
History (2 courses)
  • 1 Early Church
  • 1 Medieval to Modern
Theology (2 courses)
  • 1 Constructive Theology I
  • 1 Constructive Theology II
Ethics (1 course)  
Liturgics (2 courses)
  • 1 Introduction to Worship
  • 1 Liturgics *
Pastoral Studies (3 courses)
  • 1 Pastoral Theology *
  • 1 Homiletics
  • 1 Christian Education
Issues in Ministry (1 course)
Field Education * (2 courses)
Electives (6 courses)
Intersession
  • 2 Electives, one in each of 2 separate January intersessions
Multicultural Experience

The six integrative courses marked * are courses that must be taken at CDSP in a prescribed sequence:

*Anglican Tradition and Life (1 full course)

Biblical Studies (4 full courses):

  • 1 Old Testament Introduction
  • 1 New Testament Introduction
  • 1 Biblical Language
  • 1 Using Exegesis

History (2 courses)

  • 1 Early Church
  • 1 Medieval to Modern

Theology (2 courses)

  • 1 Constructive Theology I
  • 1 Constructive Theology II

Ethics (1 course)  

Liturgics (2 courses)

  • 1 Introduction to Worship
  • 1 Liturgics *

Pastoral Studies (3 courses)

  • 1 Pastoral Theology *
  • 1 Homiletics
  • 1 Christian Education

Issues in Ministry (1 course) Field Education * (2 courses) Electives (6 courses) Intersession

  • 2 Electives, one in each of 2 separate January intersessions

Multicultural Experience

Low-Residence MDiv Course Requirements

  Year 1  Year 2  Year 3  Year 4

Summer Session 

(Berkeley residential intensives)

Anglicanism,(3.0)

Fundamentals of Worship (1.5)

Introduction to Practical Theology* (1.5)

Homiletics (3.0)

Biblical Language (3.0)

Biblical Language (3.0) or

Elective (3.0) and/or 

Ethics (3.0)

Elective or Ethics (3.0)

Liturgical Leadership (1.5)

Leadership in Ministry* (1.5)

Fall Semester

(Online--HyFlex)

History of Christianity I (3.0)

Old Testament (3.0)

Theology I (3.0)

Field Education (3.0)

Christian Education (3.0)

Elective (3.0)

Liturgics (3.0)

Exegesis or Elective (3.0)

January Intersession

(Berkeley residential intensives)

Pastoral Theology Unit** (1.5)

Elective (1.5)

Pastoral Theology Unit** (1.5)

Elective (1.5)

Elective (3.0)

Elective (3.0)

Spring Semester

(Online--HyFlex)

New Testament (3.0)

Introduction to Worship (3.0)

History of Christianity II (3.0)

Field Education (3.0)

Theology II (3.0)

Ethics (3.0)

Exegesis or Elective (3.0)

Total Credits

(21 credits out of 81)

(42 credits out of 81)

(63 credits out of 81)

(81 credits out of 81)

The six integrative courses marked * are courses that must be taken at CDSP in a prescribed sequence:

*Anglican Tradition and Life (1 full course)

Biblical Studies (4 full courses):

  • 1 Old Testament Introduction
  • 1 New Testament Introduction
  • 1 Biblical Language
  • 1 Using Exegesis

History (2 full courses):

  • 1 Early Church
  • 1 Medieval to Modern

Theology (2 full courses):

  • 1 Theology I
  • 1 Theology II

Ethics (1 full course)

Liturgics (4 courses):

  • 1 Fundamentals of Worship
  • 1 Introduction to Worship
  • *1 Liturgics
  • 1 Liturgical Leadership
Christian Education (1 full course)
 

Homiletics (1 full course) 

*Pastoral Theology (2 1.5 courses) 

Field Education

  • **2 Concurrent Field Education 

*Introduction to Practical Theology (1.5 course)

*Leadership in Ministry (1.5 course)

Multicultural Course

Free Electives (4 full courses, no more than 3 in any single field)

Additional courses recommended for those preparing for ordained ministry:

Church Music and Liturgical Singing

Addictions, 12-Steps and the Church

A course in parish leadership


Additional Requirements: 

Worship leadership and preaching in chapel

Those preparing to take Field Education must participate in Child Abuse Prevention Training. The January Intersession course Sexual Violations and the Church fulfills this requirement.


Areas of Focus in the Master of Divinity Program

Building upon the strength of offerings at Church Divinity School of the Pacific and the Graduate Theological Union, students enrolled in the Master of Divinity program may pursue a specialized area of focus. Interested students would take three elective courses in addition to any relevant required courses that might fall within an area of focus. These elective courses may be taken at CDSP or any GTU member school. These areas of focus would enable a student to design a course of study in preparation for ministry in particular fields or to deepen understanding of a particular area. Students would discern studying for an area of focus in consultation with their academic adviser.

Areas of Focus Offered at CDSP:

  1. Theological Studies
  2. Biblical Studies
  3. Liturgy, Music & Homiletics
  4. Pastoral Studies and Christian Education
  5. Ministry Development
  6. Historical Studies
  7. Anglican Studies
  8. Interfaith Relations

See admissions requirements.

 

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