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Core Curriculum

Berkeley Divinity School students enroll in one of three academic programs. Within the curriculum for the relevant degree, Episcopal students take specific courses in Anglican history, theology, worship, and spirituality in order to qualify either for the Diploma or Certificate in Anglican Studies. The three degree programs are:

MASTER OF DIVINITY

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is the professional degree primarily intended for those students preparing for a career in lay or ordained ministry. For full-time students, it is normally a three-year course of study, including summer internships, travel, and Clinical Pastoral Education.

MASTER OF ARTS IN RELIGION

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) is a two-year degree aimed at lay ministry or service, or a two to three year concentrated program of advanced work, often leading toward doctoral study.

MASTER OF SACRED THEOLOGY

The Master of Sacred Theology (STM) offers an additional year of study for persons who already hold the MDiv or equivalent.

The core curriculum is supplemented by additional programs that add other dimensions to broaden a student’s ministerial formation. Among these programs are:

THE WESLEY-ROYCE LEADERSHIP FORMATION PROGRAM

The Wesley-Royce Leadership Formation Program is an endowed series of colloquia and symposia that provide focused training in the skills and capacities of effective leadership in parishes, schools, and other institutions. All Anglican Studies Diploma candidates participate in the spring leadership colloquium, which has focused on such issues as innovative ministry in urban contexts, ministry with youth and young adults, and transformational congregational leadership.

THE YALE CENTER FOR FAITH AND CULTURE

Through the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, students can be involved in a number of outreach initiatives aimed at addressing critical current issues in religion and society. Central to the Center’s work are programs in inter-faith dialogue, exploring the relationship between faith and the workplace, and a project to inquire how faith in the God of Jesus Christ is related to human flourishing.

THE DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES

The Department of Religious Studies maintains a full faculty offering courses in world religions, Jewish and Christian studies, and the philosophy of religion—all open to Divinity School students. Anyone interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in religion at Yale should apply through this department and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

JOINT DEGREE PROGRAMS

Students are able to take advantage of the curricular offerings of the wider university through a number of joint degree programs with other professional schools at Yale, including the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; Law School; School of Management; School of Medicine; School of Music; School of Nursing; and the School of Public Health.

For those interested in a career in social work, joint degree programs leading to the MSW are available through the University of Connecticut and Yeshiva University.

More information about each of the degree programs is available on the Yale Divinity School website, especially in the Divinity School Bulletin