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Master of Divinity Degree Program (On-campus only)

Certificate of Preparation for Ordination (On-Campus and now *Online)

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.
* The Online CPO and MDiv may require course substitutions when necessary

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 638 Torah and Old Testament Books
MTH 611 Fundamental Moral Theology I
DTH 650 Sacraments of Initiation and Pneumatology
DTH 601 Faith, Revelation and Grace
PAS 612 Field Education

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Year 1 – Second Semester
SAS 651 Synoptic Gospels
CHH 881 Patristics
MTH/PAS/PHE 841 Catholic Social Teachings
PHS 630 Philosophy of Personalism
PAS 613 Field Education

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Year II – First Semester
SAS 621 Prophetic Literature
MTH 612 Fundamental Moral Theology II
CLA 601 Canon Law I
PAS 668 Catechetics
LTH 653 Liturgical Theology
PAS 712 Field Education

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Year II – Second Semester
SAS 802 Johannine Writings
CHH 700 Church History
CLA 715 Canon Law II
BIE 625 Catholic Bioethics
 CHH 675 John Paul II: Life, Spirituality, and Philosophy
PAS 713 Field Education

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Year III – First Semester
SAS 671 Letters of St. Paul
DTH 890 Spiritual Theology
MTH 891 Moral Virtues and Confession*
PAS 751 Homiletics I
DTH 731 One and Triune God
MTH 681 Theology of the Body: Sexual
Difference and Complementarity
PAS 812 Field Education

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Year III – Second Semester
SAS 639 Psalms
DTH 865 Penance and the Anointing of the Sick
PAS 752 Homiletics II     
DTH 751 Christology
DTH 651 God as Father, Priests as Bridegrooms/Fathers
PAS 813 Field Education

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Year IV – First Semester
SAS 657 Luke and the Acts of the Apostles
MTH 891 Moral Virtues and Confession
or DTH 890 Spiritual Theology*
DTH 871 Priesthood and Celibacy
DTH 760 Ecclesiology and Ecumenism
DTH 766 Mary, Mother of God,
Mother of the Church
PAS 820 Field Education

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Year IV – Second Semester
Sacred Scripture Elective
CHH-DTH 671 Documents of Vatican II
APO 565 Reading Science in Light of Faith 
PAS 796 Pastoral Theology and the New  Evangelization
Moral Theology Elective           
PAS 821  Field Education  

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* Spiritual Theology and Moral Virtues and Confession are two separate classes that will alternate every year.

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