Nov 16, 2018  
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

Master of Divinity, Accelerated Track

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The Master of Divinity degree prepares students for ministerial work in the church and provides an advanced level graduate degree beyond the Master of Arts in Theology, as well as prerequisite programming for students planning to pursue the Doctor of Ministry degree.

The Accelerated Track is available to the following students:  Anyone who possesses a Master’s Degree in Theology or Ministry from an accredited institution; or Ordained deacons in good standing; or men in diocesan diaconal formation programs. 

Credits: 72

Required Courses

Degree maps will be customized to complement the courses students have completed in their M.A. programs, drawing from Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, Liturgy and Spirituality, and Ministry.

Capstone: TH 600 Master’s Thesis

Admission Requirement: (must meet one of the following requirements): 

  • Completion of a Master’s Degree in Theology or Ministry (M.A. or S.T.M.) from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must submit an official transcript of their earned Master’s Degree.
  • Ordained deacons in good standing (requires a letter from the diocese);
  • Men in diocesan diaconal formation programs (requires letter from the diocese to enroll in the Accelerated track, and continuation in the Accelerated M.Div. is dependent on ordination).


  • Coursework taken to complete an earned Master’s Degree in Theology or Ministry is not transferrable to the Master of Divinity program. Theology coursework taken beyond the M.A. or S.T.M. may be eligible for up to 6.00 semester credits in transfer. Course descriptions are required, and syllabi may be requested on an individual basis.




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