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Master of Divinity Degree Program

Certificate of Preparation for Ordination

a. Objectives
The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a professional degree designed for men preparing to be ordained to the Catholic Priesthood or permanent Diaconate. Successful completion of the Master of Divinity program attests to the recipient’s competency for exercising priestly ministry gained from a thorough grounding in Sacred Scripture, Dogmatic and Moral Theology, Spiritual and Pastoral Theology, Canon Law, Liturgy, Homiletics and Church History.

Some students who apply at a later age and do not have a Bachelor’s degree may, with the permission of their diocese or religious society, earn a Certificate of Preparation for Ordination for the Priesthood upon the satisfactory completion of four years of theology.


All requirements for those in the certificate program are the same as those in the M.Div. program, including the philosophy pre- requisites. Candidates for the M.Div. degree must achieve and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

b. Admission Requirements
Applicants for the M.Div. program should follow the Seminary Division Admissions Procedures, as defined in this catalog. Applicants for the M.Div. program must have a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university and 24 credits in 8 pre-requisite philosophy courses as given in the Theology program requirements described elsewhere in this catalog.

In cases where an applicant has been a seminarian in another accredited theologate, 60 graduate credits with at least a “C” grade may be transferred toward the M.Div. degree.

c. Degree Requirements
Ninety (90) credits of graduate theology are required and must include:

DTH 731 One and Triune God
DTH 751 Christology
MTH 611 Fundamental Moral Theology I
SAS 651 Synoptic Gospels

A minimum of nine credits must be earned in each of the areas of Moral Theology, Sacred Scripture, Dogmatic Theology, Pastoral Theology and Church History

d. Academic Requirements

Year 1 – First Semester
SAS 615 Introduction to Exegesis 
MTH 611 Fundamental Moral Theology I
PAS 540 Human Formation (Psychology)
SAS 639 Pentateuch/Historical Books 
Elective*
PAS 622 Field Education 

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Year 1 – Second Semester
DTH 601 Faith, Revelation, and Grace
DTH 655 Sacraments of Initiation
MTH 612 Fundamental Moral Theology II
SAS 621 Prophetic/Wisdom Literature
Elective
PAS 623 Field Education  

3
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Year II – First Semester
CLA 601 Canon Law I
LTH 653 Liturgical Theology
SAS 651 Synoptic Gospels
MTH 841 Catholic Social Teaching
Elective
PAS 624 Field Education

3
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Year II – Second Semester
CHH 700 Church History I
CLA 715 Canon Law II
SAS 802 Johannine Writings
DTH 731 One and Triune God
Elective
PAS 625 Field Education

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Year III – First Semester
MTH 890 Moral Virtues and Confession 
CHH 701 Church History II
SAS 671 Letters of St. Paul
DTH 751 Christology
Elective
PAS 751 Homiletics I
PAS 626 Field Education

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Year III – Second Semester
DTH 641 Protology and Eschatology 
SAS 670 Catholic Epistles: James, Peter, Jude, and John
DTH 760 Ecclesiology and Ecumenism 
CHH 881 Patristics
Elective
PAS 752 Homiletics II
PAS 627 Field Education

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Year IV – First Semester
DTH 871 Priesthood and Celibacy
DTH 890 Spiritual Theology
SAS 657 Luke and Acts of the Apostles
PAS 599 Parish Management and Operations     
Elective
PAS 628 Field Education

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Year IV – Second Semester
DTH/CHH 676 Recent Magisterium 
DTH 865 Penance and Anointing 
PAS 725 Missiology: Pastoral Theology – New Evangelization
DTH 765 Mariology
Elective
PAS 629 Field Education

3
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  • Electives include but are not limited to: Theology of the Body and the Recent Magisterium, Catechetics, Philosophy for Theologians, Documents of Vatican II, Catholic Bioethics.

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