Master of Divinity
The goal of the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is to prepare clerical candidates for general apostolic, ministerial, pastoral, and administrative leadership in the Catholic Church of the United States. As a center of studies of the Dominican Order located in the Western Dominican Province, DSPT aligns the structure of the MDiv program with the requirements articulated in the formation documents of these two entities, namely the Ratio Studiorum Generalis and Ratio Studiorum Particularis, and the Ratio Formationis Generalis and Ratio Formationis Particularis (see "Formation Documents for Student Friars"). The DSPT MDiv curriculum also follows the general requirements of the Program of Priestly Formation (PPF) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops which governs the preparation of clerical candidates for dioceses in the United States.
Lay students who are interested in theological study may wish to explore the Master of Arts (Theology) program.
Goals and Outcomes.
As the PPF calls for a priestly formation that is “in communion with Jesus,” enabling “participation in his mission” (see PPF nos. 7-9), the outcomes for the MDiv program express how the candidates will develop this communion with Christ and participation in his mission, a mission that is understood under the aspect of the three-fold office of Jesus Christ the High Priest, who is Prophet, Priest, and King. Furthermore, as a Center of Studies of the Order of Preachers, DSPT places an emphasis on fostering the prophetic element, while also developing the priestly and kingly aspects. The outcomes also relate to the four pillars of formation for clerical candidates articulated in the Program of Priestly Formation (PPF), namely: a) intellectual; b) pastoral; c) human; and d) spiritual. At DSPT, these pillars are viewed through a lens which encourages a human and graced discipleship with Christ in the context of the ordained priesthood.
The overall focus of these outcomes is to inculcate knowledge of the religious and particularly theological heritage of the Roman Catholic Church; to foster the human and cultural contexts of priestly life; to nurture evangelical characteristics of the priestly following of Christ; and to instill a capacity for ministerial and public leadership.
The Learning Environment and the Primary Formation Community.
The DSPT MDiv program presupposes a dynamic learning environment which supports the holistic development of each clerical candidate. The Faculty at DSPT works collaboratively with other entities to ground the discipleship of Christ of the clerical candidate in personal maturity, intellectual accomplishment, and pastoral leadership. In addition to the academic learning community found at DSPT and across the GTU, MDiv students are assigned a primary formation community according to their own particular vocation. Students are normally assigned to the primary formation community by their proper ordinary. For students who are members of WDP this community is normally St. Albert Priory. The primary formation community is charged with guiding the candidate in human and spiritual formation as articulated in the respective documents particular to the religious community, e.g. the formation documents of WDP that are listed above.
Continue on to the M.Div. Degree Requirements. Students currently enrolled in the M.Div. must consult the DSPT Student Handbook for program details.