Master of Divinity: Curriculum

Historical and Cultural Studies (3 credit hours)

  • CH 6311 Church History II: Holy Roman Empire to the Present

Scriptural Studies (14 credit hours

  • SS 6200 Scriptural Hermeneutics
  • SS 7311 The Torah
  • SS 7331 Synoptic Gospels
  • Two of the following:
  • SS 7312 Prophetic and Historical Literature of the Old Testament
  • SS 7333 Johannine Literature
  • SS 7336 Pauline Literature

Theological Studies (37 credit hours)

  • A. Systematic Theology
  • TS 7313 Christian Anthropology: Humanity Transformed in Christ
  • TS 6301 Theology of Revelation and Faith (Revelación y fe)
  • TS 6305 Introduction to Missiology: Culture and Religion
  • TS 7311 Christology: Jesus Christ and Human Redemption
  • TS 7314 God in the Christian Tradition
  • TS 7315 Theology of Church and Ministry
  • B. Sacramental
  • TS 7335 Christian Marriage: Theological & Canonical Aspects
  • TS 7331 Liturgy & Theology of Christian Initiation
  • TS 7333 Liturgy & Theology of Eucharist
  • (Non-seminarians may request permission to take TS 7232 Liturgy and Theology of Sacraments of Healing rather than TS 7335 or TS 7331. The remaining credit hour is added to electives.)
  • C. Moral and Spiritual Theology
  • TS 6260 Introduction to Christian Spirituality
  • TS 6350 Foundation of Moral Theology (Fundamentos de Teología Moral)
  • TS 7350 Catholic Social Thought
  • D. Interdisciplinary Studies
  • TS 8296 Integration of Theological Studies

Pastoral Studies (20 credit hours)

  • PS 6192 & 6193 Orientation to Supervised Ministry (1 cr. hr.)
  • PS 6350 Basic Pastoral Care
  • PS 7340 Evangelization and Faith Formation
  • PS 7240 Pastoral Catechesis
  • PS 7320 Church Law
  • PS 7334 Introductory Preaching
  • PS 7351 Pastoral Counseling
  • PS 9195 & 9295 Theological Field Education (3 cr. hrs.)
  • PS 6177 & 6178 Pastoral Formation Seminar I & II (.5 cr. hrs.)
    - replaced by second year of TFE for presbyteral candidates
  • PS 7179 & 7180 Pastoral Formation Seminar III & IV (1 cr. hr.)
    - waived for presbyteral candidates

Required Courses: 74 credit hours


Electives: 8 credit hours


Certificate of Advanced Studies for Presbyteral Ministry

The Certificate of Advanced Studies for Presbyteral Ministry is earned by priesthood candidates who have completed the 80-hour MDiv and 26 additional credit hours required by the Program of Priestly Formation. The requirements include:

Historical and Cultural Studies (5 credit hours)

  • CH 6310 Church History I: The Patristic Era
  • CH 7220 U.S. Religious History or
  • CH 7235 History of U.S. Hispanic/Latino Christianity

Scriptural Studies (3 credit hours)

  • The remaining course in the MDiv requirements

Theological Studies (10 credit hours)

  • TS 7236 Theology of Ministerial Priesthood
  • TS 7252 Theology of Human Sexuality
  • TS 7232 Liturgy and Theology of Sacraments of Healing
  • 2 additional hours in Patristics (options)

Pastoral Studies (8 credit hours)

  • PS 7235 Liturgical Preaching
  • PS 9196 & 9296 Theological Field Education (replaces Pastoral Formation Seminars I-IV, plus 2 additional cr. hrs.)
  • PS 7253 Bioethics/Healthcare Ethics
  • PS 8100 & 8101 Practicum in Presidential Leadership at Liturgy

Electives - (2 credit hours)