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Anglican Studies

Berkeley Requirements

Berkeley Divinity School offers two programs of study for Episcopal students who wish to obtain an academic credential certifying their preparation for service in the Episcopal Church: the Diploma in Anglican Studies which accompanies the Yale M.Div. degree, and the Certificate in Anglican Studies which accompanies the M.A.R. or S.T.M. degrees. The requirements for these programs are as follows:

Diploma in Anglican Studies (M. Div.)

  • Fulfilling all distributional and other requirements for the Yale Divinity School M.Div., including supervised ministry (Clinical Pastoral Education, Field Placement, or both)
  • Daily participation in the worship life of Berkeley and Yale Divinity Schools
  • Successful completion of three required courses:
    • Rel. 787a Evolution of the Prayer Book
    • Rel. 795a Anglican History and Theology I: Great Britain
    • Rel. 798a Anglican History and Theology II: ECUSA and the Anglican Communion
  • Completion of all five semesters of the Berkeley colloquium series (Rel. 792a,b: there is no colloquium during the fall of the middler year)
  • Participation in the Annand Program for Spiritual Formation (recommended)
  • Completion of the canonically required middler evaluation

Certificate in Anglican Studies (M.A.R. or S.T. M.)

  • Fulfilling all requirements of the Yale Divinity School M.A.R. or S.T.M.
  • Active participation in the worship life of Berkeley
  • Successful completion of at least three courses directly related to Anglicanism, such as:
    • Rel. 787a Evolution of the Prayer Book
    • Rel. 795a Anglican History and Theology I: Great Britain
    • Rel. 798a Anglican History and Theology II: ECUSA and the Anglican Communion

COURSE OF STUDY: Diploma in Anglican Studies

Students should be aware that the Canons of the Episcopal Church require satisfactory preparation in seven subject areas for ordinands. (These areas are evaluated on the “General Ordination Examination,” taken in January of the senior year). Completion of the basic MDiv/Diploma in Anglican Studies requirements provides adequate preparation for the exam, though courses are not specifically designed with the GOE in mind. The seven canonical areas are:

  1. The Holy Scriptures
  2. Church History, including the Ecumenical Movement
  3. Christian Theology, including Missionary Theology and Missiology
  4. Christian Ethics and Moral Theology
  5. Studies in contemporary society, including racial and minority groups
  6. Liturgics and Church Music; Christian Worship and Music according to the contents and use of the Book of Common Prayer and the Hymnal, and authorized supplemental texts
  7. Theory and practice of ministry.

The canons also require anti-racism training, and instruction on the Title IV disciplinary procedures, both of which are provided for students during their course of study.

In order for students to meet all Yale, Berkeley and denominational requirements, certain courses are especially recommended, depending in part on the student’s particular area of interest. They are:


  • Anglican History and Theology I & II (required)
  • Systematic Theology I & II
  • History of Christian Theology to 451
  • Historical Theology: The Medieval Period
  • Early Modern Christian Thought (Dept. of Religious Studies)
  • Modern Christian Thought (Dept. of Religious Studies)
  • Philosophy of Religion


  • History of Western Christianity I & II
  • Religion in American Society, 1550-1870
  • Religion and Societies in Early America, or other courses in American church history


  • Evolution of the Prayer Book (required)
  • Foundations of Christian Worship


  • Old Testament Interpretation I & II
  • New Testament Interpretation I & II
  • Introductory Greek or Hebrew, and successive intermediate level language and scriptural exegesis courses in the original languages.

Philosophy and Ethics

  • Theological Ethics
  • History of Christian Theological Ethics
  • Philosophy and Religion

Pastoral and Practical Theology

  • Introduction to Pastoral Care, or other pastoral care courses
  • Principles and Practice of Preaching, and other preaching courses
  • Courses in particular areas of interest such as Christian education, ministry in the workplace, pastoral counseling, bereavement, etc.
  • Parish Administration


Course listings for each school may be found on the web at Examples of courses that may be of particular interest to divinity students are:

School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Environmental Justice
World Religions and Ecology

School of Nursing
Health Care Ethics

Department of Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Personal Identity and the Self

School of Law
Ethics in the Practice of Law
Economic Insecurity and the American Family
Community and Economic Development
Human Rights Workshop
Six Books on Law, Religion and Culture
The Book of Job and Injustice
Catholic Social Teaching

School of Management
Strategic Management of Nonprofit Organizations
Endowment Management
Understanding and Evaluating Financial Statements for Nonprofits

Department of Religious Studies
Essential Heresies
American Religion, American Life
History of Jewish Culture
New Testament Ancient Christianity
The Making of Monasticism
Kant’s Philosophy of Religion

Basic language courses are also readily available to meet students’ needs, especially in fulfilling diocesan expectations for ability in Spanish.