Master of Divinity [M.Div.]
A Program for Both Lay and Ordained Ministry
Ordained Ministry students are prepared for service as priests or deacons in the Church. In collaboration with the faculty of the School, they integrate their academic and spiritual formation through participation in the formation programs of their religious community or diocese. These students are particularly advised and encouraged to augment the three-year M.Div. program with the complementary curriculum in order to fulfill the four years of theological study canonically required for ordination to priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church and to meet the course requirements outlined in the Program of Priestly Formation (PPF) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The Master of Divinity degree program at DSPT was designed to serve the needs of those preparing for ordained ministry in the Roman Catholic Church. While others are welcome to apply to and do in fact complete the M.Div. program, those interested in theological study many also wish to explore the Master of Arts (Theology) program. Please see both our M.Div. program and M.A. (Theology) program descriptions for more information.
Lay Ministry students are given the knowledge and skills to pursue ecclesial ministry, or related ministerial work. Academic courses foster the intellectual growth and ability to address the complex questions that may arise in contemporary ministry. Pastoral courses help develop interpersonal skills and the ability to discern the ways the Spirit may be working in the lives of those people served in ministry. Lay ministry students are encouraged to meet regularly for discussions amongst themselves on their own ministerial experiences, as well as to consult with lay persons who have had broad ministerial experience. They are also encouraged to meet regularly with a spiritual director.
Goals and Outcomes.
The Master of Divinity degree program (M.Div.) is designed to prepare students academically, pastorally and spiritually for lay or ordained ministry in the Roman Catholic Church. Following the concepts outlined in Pastores dabo vobis and in the Program of Priestly Formation (PPF), as well as the formation requirements of the Western Dominican Province, the M.Div. program helps students integrate four key areas of formation: human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral. The goals and outcomes of the program reflect the various emphases of that unified formation.
Upon completion of the M.Div. degree, students will demonstrate:
Continue on to the M.Div. Degree Requirements. Students currently enrolled in the M.Div. must consult the DSPT Student Handbook for program details.