Apr 20, 2021  
2020-2021 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2020-2021 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog

Master of Divinity

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The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program prepares Catholic laity and permanent deacons for ministerial work in the Catholic church and provides prerequisite programming for students planning to pursue the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree. An accelerated track is available to students who hold a Master’s Degree in Theology or Ministry. 

Program Highlights

  • This program professes fidelity to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the doctrine and heritage of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Students develop an understanding and appreciation of the Catholic faith with a specific emphasis on application in ministry.
  • The program is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education. It is not accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and does not lead to ordination. 

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • A letter from your pastor attesting that you are a Roman Catholic in good standing
  • A 300-600 word essay explaining your discernment process in applying for the Master of Divinity degree and what you feel called to do beyond its completion.


The Master of Divinity consists of 90 credits taken from the following areas: Biblical Studies (9), Theology (21), Moral Theology (12), Liturgy and Spirituality (9), Ministry (18), Electives (18), and a Capstone Practicum in Ministry (3).



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