MASTER OF DIVINITY
The Seminary has, as one of its primary responsibilities, the preparation of men for ordination to the priesthood. The Master of Divinity program is a first professional degree program designed to provide students with the theological education necessary to enter into the presbyteral ministry. That ministry is especially a service of responsibility to and for the Word of God. The student who intends to seek priestly ordination is, therefore, assisted to hear, explore, and communicate the Word as it is given to us in Sacred Scripture and the ongoing tradition of the Christian community. The study of the Word is nourished by and feeds a student’s personal spiritual life and participation in the Christian community.
The Master of Divinity program is intended to assist students in achieving the following goals:
- Deepening of the candidate's faith experience and commitment to service as a celibate ordained priest.
- Knowledge of the basic documents and traditions of the Catholic Church (scripture, creeds, liturgy, history, theology, canon law).
- More vivid awareness of the contemporary world in which God's saving presence is at work through people.
- Understanding of the nature of ministerial priesthood and a strong conviction to the call to share in it.
- Ability to communicate through preaching, teaching, and writing.
- Ability to encourage lay ministries and establish a spirit of equity among all parish ministers.
- Ability to correlate the Christian tradition and the contemporary cultural context.
The Master of Divinity program consists of 114 credits in courses required for all students and an additional 12 credits in elective courses or seminars, and language study credits determined by student ability. As a final requirement for their degree, students must submit a written Theological/Pastoral Reflection Project demonstrating their ability to integrate theological expertise with pastoral vision.
MASTER OF ARTS IN PASTORAL STUDIES
The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies is a graduate program designed to prepare leadership for the Church. It is particularly appropriate for those who choose to serve as lay, diaconal, or religious ministers interested in a particular form of ministry.
The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies is intended to assist students in achieving the following goals:
- To prepare to serve as specialized church ministers.
- To develop the capacity for critical and constructive theological reflection as the foundation for such ministry.
- To develop a particular area of ministerial expertise in which to be: articulate about the biblical and theological bases for ministry, familiar with the array of disciplines supporting the area of ministry, and skillful in the design, implementation and assessment of the practices of an area of ministry.
- To deepen their ability to relate to God and other persons and to enter into and provide leadership for church communities.
The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program requires thirty-nine credits of graduate studies. Eight three-credit courses are devoted to an integrated core curriculum in fundamental theology. Four required electives provide a background in pastoral studies. A three-credit ministerial internship and seminar completes the degree requirements.
MASTER OF ARTS IN THEOLOGY
The Master of Arts in Theology is a graduate program designed as a general theological education for those preparing for various professional, religious or ministerial careers, or as an enrichment program for those already established in such careers.
The Master of Arts program is intended to assist students in achieving the following goals:
- To develop a critical awareness of the disciplines fundamental to theological reflection in the Catholic tradition.
- To develop a critical and coherent theological vision which is guided by Christian perspectives about the mission of the religious community in the world.
- To investigate special areas of theological and ministerial concern.
- To provide a theological foundation for those preparing for or already established in various ministerial careers with their diverse needs.
The Master of Arts degree requires thirty-nine credits of graduate studies. Nine three-credit courses are devoted to an integrated core curriculum. The remaining twelve credits allow students to specialize according to their personal goals in Scripture, Systematics, Moral Theology, Pastoral Ministry, Liturgy, or Spirituality in the Master of Arts program. At the end of their course work, all students participate in a Summative Requirement.