Master of Divinity Program
The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is the ordinary professional degree for those preparing for teaching Theology. It is also open to people qualified with an appropriate background. St. Thomas Aquinas University expects that seminarians pursuing the Master of Divinity will be concurrently enrolled in the S.T.B. Program. Exceptions to this policy will require a determination by the Faculty. The Master of Divinity is earned by the successful completion of the regular Seminary academic and pastoral curriculum requiring 126 credit units (118 required units plus eight elective units) as outlined below in the "Course of Studies for M.Div." (For students who are not pursuing be teacher of Theology, the total number of units is 108.)
The goals and objectives of the M.Div. degree at Stau University are:
A. A thorough knowledge of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox tradition in all its many dimensions
B. Pastoral skills and capacities that provide a bridge between the human family and God and foster conditions of fellowship in the community entrusted to their care
C. Knowledge and pastoral skill necessary for service as sacramental ministers
D. The ability to teach and preach the Gospel to all people
E. Mature and theologically grounded cultural competence
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree, have completed thirty semester units of philosophy and twelve semester units of religious studies, and must have taken one of the following tests: GRE or MAT. In addition, those for whom English is not their native language, the TOEFL/TWE must be taken. To successfully complete the program, students are expected to maintain an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0.
The first two years of the program are designed to provide students with the basic skills and academic foundation which they will utilize in the pastoral year, i.e., in the areas of scripture, systematics, moral theology, Hispanic studies, field education, introductory homiletics, and basic pastoral skills.
The Pastoral Year is a 10-month full-time parish experience of pastoral ministry in the student’s own diocese. This program is a six-unit program carefully monitored by a trained on-site supervisor (usually the pastor) in conjunction with the Director of the Pastoral Year at the Seminary.
Normally, the Pastoral Year takes place after Second Theology. Those who enter the program later will do their Pastoral Year after two full years of theological study.
After the Pastoral Year students return to the Seminary for the completion of their final two years of theological training.
Total Number of Units Listed: 118
A. For those students earning M.A. and M.Div. degrees concurrently at St. Patrick's, up to 24 credits may be transferred from the M.Div. program to the M.A. program (excluding pastoral Studies courses).
B. M.A. students are allowed to transfer up to 12 credits of graduate level theology courses from an accredited outside institution.
For students enrolled concurrently in the M.A. and the M.Div. programs, credits transferred to the M.A, program from an outside institution count among the total of 24 transferable credits.If a seminarian is in the M.A. Thesis Track, he can transfer 24 credits from the M.Div. to the M.A. degree (excluding Pastoral Studies courses). Of the remaining 24 credits required for the M.A.: 6 are earned by writing/defending his M.A. thesis, 12 by taking the Faculty Designated M.A. Courses, and 6 more by taking Electives.