Is the GRE required for admission to the Master of Divinity program?
No. The GRE is not required for admission. If you have GRE scores, you are welcome to include them in your application packet.
Is an undergraduate degree required for admission?
Yes. We do not admit students without undergraduate degrees except in rare occasions.
Can I transfer credit from current or previous university work?
Yes, in some cases. Coursework to be credited toward a CDSP program must be completed on the graduate level and cannot have been counted toward another completed academic program. For instance, if you completed an MA, coursework used to fulfill requirements for that cannot be applied to another degree program. If you did not complete the MA, then transfer credit may be an option.
What's the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), and how does it work?
The GTU is an internationally-known consortium of eight Bay Area seminaries and various affiliates, located in or near Berkeley. Together, the consortium offers over 750 courses to its students each year, and access to the expertise of around 126 faculty members and scholars. CDSP students frequently enroll in courses offered by other GTU schools. The GTU provides the opportunity for students to simultaneously obtain a solid grounding in their own tradition while broadening their horizons within an ecumenical setting. This allows for and invites a diverse and rewarding seminary experience.
All students share the GTU library (one of the top four theological libraries in the country), containing more than 400,000 volumes of books and other works. In addition, students have lending privileges at the University of California, Berkeley libraries and Stanford University collections.
Is the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) required for admission to other programs?
The GRE is only required for the GTU Common MA and Doctoral programs. It is not required for the Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies programs. Where required, CDSP's minimum score expectation is 550 Verbal, 5 Analytical Writing. The CDSP Admissions Committee evaluates all parts of the application equally when making admissions decisions. The scores are not an exclusive factor in the admissions process, but are balanced with other parts of the application (essays, interviews, transcripts and references).
What is a typical course load for a full-time student?
Full-time students typically enroll in four, three-unit courses per semester.
Can I attend part-time? How long does it take to complete a degree/program?
Do I have to be an Episcopalian or Anglican to enroll at CDSP?
No. Although many of our students are Episcopalians, others come from a variety of faith and cultural backgrounds.
Is CDSP only for people who want to be priests?
No. Theological education is for everyone. Although many of our students enter seminary with the intention of pursuing ordination, we have certificate and masters programs, and online courses options, for lay people pursuing theological education for personal and professional reasons.
What does CDSP do to encourage diversity?
CDSP strives to be welcoming to students regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexuality, political convictions, physical ability, and age. We are on a continuing journey to learn how best to do this, and how the community can become transformed by encounters with each other.
CDSP has welcomed students from many different backgrounds, including African-American, Native American, Hispanic, Korean, Indian and Filipino. We can also accommodate students with physical disabilities. The gender ratio is about half female and half male, but that varies from year to year. CDSP does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, religion, color, ethnic or national origin, gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, medical condition, veteran status, or age.
Visiting the Campus and Interviewing
How do I arrange a campus visit?
CDSP welcomes visitors, and encourages everyone to visit a few classes, worship, share a meal, and join us in fellowship and student life. Free lodging is usually provided at either our guest house or a nearby hotel, and meals are provided free of charge in our refectory.
Typical visits begin with a friendly greeting and chat with one of our Admissions representatives. This is followed by a campus tour, classroom visits, worship, lunch or dinner in the refectory, and other fellowship opportunities.
We particularly encourage visiting on Thursday for Community Night. Community Night is an informal get-together with students, staff, faculty and their families, and usually includes music and other fun activities. It's a great chance to get to know us, and to experience student life in an informal atmosphere. .
Are interviews required for admission?
Interviews are required for all MDiv and MTS applicants. Interviews are encouraged for all certificate applicants. While most interviews are held on-campus, phone interviews can also be arranged under special circumstances.
There are two interviews: one by a faculty member and one by the Dean of Students. Interviews consist of questions about academic and emotional readiness, vocational/study interests, and any special questions you have regarding seminary life.