Certificate of Anglican Studies and Certificate of Theological Studies

Certificate of Anglican Studies (C.A.S.)

This one-year certificate program is designed for students who wish to participate in the academic, spiritual, and communal life of CDSP without earning a degree.

Although participation in the ordination process is not a requirement, part of processing an application for the C.A.S. normally includes contacting the applicant's bishop. Applicants who are considering ordination should inquire about diocesan policies regarding the timing of seminary application in relation to admission to postulancy.

Summary of Requirements

Earning the C.A.S. requires one-year of full-time study or the part-time equivalent. While at CDSP, the student will work with a faculty advisor. The core of the program will be work in four basic areas of Anglican Studies: History, Theology and Ethics, Liturgics, and Pastoral Studies (including Homiletics).

Additional courses may be taken at other Graduate Theological Union (GTU) schools as well as at CDSP. A total of eight three-unit courses is required for the C.A.S. and will normally include at least one course in each of the core areas listed above.

Certificate of Theological Studies (C.T.S.)

CDSP's newest certificate program, the C.T.S., also is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate theological education without earning a degree.

Summary of Requirements

A baccalaureate degree is required for admission to the C.T.S. and the certificate will be awarded upon completion of 24 units (equivalent to eight graduate-level courses). There is no time limit in which to complete the program and there are no course distribution requirements, making the C.T.S. more flexible than any other CDSP degree or certificate program. Course selection reflecting the particular needs or interests of the student is made in consultation with a CDSP faculty advisor and may include Graduate Theological Union (GTU) courses, as well as those offered by CDSP. Students awarded the C.T.S. who wish to apply to a degree program at a later date may be granted credit for courses applicable to that degree.

For the Certificate of Anglican Studies (C.A.S.) and the Certificate of Theological Studies (C.T.S.) programs, applicants must hold a B.A. or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.

The application for these certificate programs require:

  1. complete transcripts from all colleges attended
  2. two letters of reference and if in the ordination process, a letter from the diocesan bishop (C.A.S.)
  3. two essays
  4. a non-refundable application fee of $50

Scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required for international applicants. Interviews are required and will be arranged in the course of the application process.

Limited Status: Persons who wish to take one course only and do not plan to pursue a degree program at CDSP may be admitted to limited status through a modified admissions procedure. Courses taken under limited status may not be applied to future degree work at CDSP. A special admission form for limited status is available from the Admissions Office. Applications for limited status will not be considered after June 30 for the Fall semester or November 1 for the Spring semester.

Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester: March 1 (priority deadline for financial aid and housing)
Spring Semester: November 1

CDSP Admissions Office
2451 Ridge Road Berkeley, CA 94709-1211

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