Master of Divinity II

The Three-Year Master of Divinity (Master of Divinity, Track II) degree program is designed to provide students who are not enrolled in the Seminary's Program for Priestly Formation with a course of studies distributed across traditional theological disciplines, integrated with supervised practical ministerial education, and complemented with opportunities for personal and spiritual development.

Course Requirements

The academic component of the program requires the successful completion of ninety (90) graduate credit hours, divided among the following areas:

  • 18 credit hours in Scripture
  • 24 credit hours in Systematic Theology
  • 9 credit hours in Moral Theology
  • 21 credit hours in Pastoral Studies inclusive of Theological Field Education
  • 6 credit hours in Church History
  • 12 credit hours in Free Electives

Courses in the program are offered in a carefully balanced and sequential order. Each semester features a mixture of biblical, theological, and pastoral course offerings, intended to promote an increasingly comprehensive appreciation of the Church's scriptural, doctrinal, liturgical, and ministerial traditions.

To be eligible for the Master of Divinity degree, students must fulfill all course requirements, maintain an overall Quality Point Average (QPA) of 2.0/4.0, successfully undertake comprehensive examinations and, toward the completion of the program, submit a Comprehensive Theological Reflection Paper.

The Master of Divinity program is administered by the Academic Dean, who must approve any adaptations of the basic curriculum, provided they are in keeping with the integrity and objectives of the degree program.  

Applicants are advised that, to complete degree requirements within the six-year Statute of Limitations, full-time study is required.


First Theology
Fall Semester
SS 510 Scripture Methods and Pentateuch (3)
SY 511 Foundations in Theology (3)
SY 512 Liturgy: Life of the Church (3)
HT 527 Church History I (3)
MO 607 Fundamental Moral Theology (3)

Spring Semester
SS 519 Prophetic and Apocalyptic Literature (3)
MO 508 Spiritual Life: Tradition and Praxis (3)
HT 528 Church History II (3)
PS 543 Theology and Methodology of Christian Ministry (3)
PS 502 Homiletics I (3)

Second Theology
Fall Semester
SS 520 Wisdom Literature and Psalms (3)
SY 513 The Christian Doctrine of God (3)
PS 849 Pastoral Counseling (3)
PS 641A Theological Field Education (3)
PS 641B Reflection Seminar
Elective (3)

Spring Semester
SS 617 Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark and Luke (3)
SY 611 Christology (3)
MO 608 Catholic Social Thought (3)
PS 642A Theological Field Education (3)
PS 642B Reflection Seminar
Elective (3)

Third Theology
Fall Semester
SS 717 Pauline Literature (3)
SY 713 Theology of Creation and Grace (3)
SY 712 Sacraments in General: Baptism and Confirmation (3)
PS 741A Theological Field Education (3)
PS 741B Reflection Seminar
Elective (3)
MN 910 Comprehensive Theological Reflection Paper

Spring Semester
SS 718 Johannine Literature (3)
SY 711 Theology of Church (3)
SY 715 Eucharist (3)
PS 742A Theological Field Education (3)
PS 742B Reflection Seminar
Elective (3)
Comprehensive Examinations

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