Degree Requirements

Monastic Priesthood Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity in Monastic Priesthood (Monastic Priesthood MDiv) folds the requirements outlined in the USCCB's Program of Priestly Formation into the theology of monastic priesthood.

Degree goals

  1. To base education for priestly ordination on the spiritual, intellectual, human, and personal dimensions the monastic vocation
  2. To foster the Benedictine and monastic charism within ordained ministry
  3. To provide superlative training for monks going into formation, chaplaincies, schools, retreat houses, and parochial work

Degree requirements

    1. A total of 114 graduate credits.
      •  A maximum of 24 credits earned in Web-based courses may be applied to the degree.
    2. A grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (C+ average) on a 4.0 scale.

  1. Required courses (81 credits):
    • THY 402 Introduction to the Christian Tradition I (3 credits)
    • THY 404 Introduction to the Christian Tradition II (3 credits)
    • DOCT 406 Christology (3 credits)
    • DOCT 407 Trinity, Faith, and Revelation (3 credits)
    • DOCT 408 Ecclesiology (3 credits)
    • SSNT 424 Johannine Tradition (3 credits)
    • DOCT 424 Theology of Sacraments and Worship (3 credits)
    • MORL 421 Fundamental Moral Theology (3 credits)
    • MORL 422 Christian Social Ethics (3 credits)
    • MORL 428 Survey of Moral Topics (3 credits)
    • LTGY 406 Eucharistic Liturgy and Theology (3 credits)
    • Monastic Studies (9 credits)
    • PTHM 401 Evangelization and Catechesis (3 credits)
    • PTHM 408 Introduction to Pastoral Care (3 credits)
    • PTHM 405 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry (3 credits)
    • PTHM 417 Homiletics (3 credits)
    • LTGY 407 Liturgical Celebration (3 credits)
    • LTGY 426 Liturgical Presiding (3 credits)
    • PTHM 420 Introduction to Ecclesial Law (3 credits)
    • PTHM 450 Parish Administration OR PTHM 411 Christian Leadership OR PTHM 418 Spiritual Direction (3 credits)
    • PTHM 465 Integration Seminar (3 credits)
    • PTHM 412 CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) (4 credits)
    • PTHM 459 Field Education (8 credits)
  2. Constrained electives (18):
    • SSOT 410 Pentateuch OR SSOT 400 Reading the Old Testament (3 credits)
    • SSOT 412 Prophetic Tradition OR SSOT 416 Wisdom OR SSOT 416 Psalms (3 credits)
    • SSNT 420 Synoptic Gospels OR SSNT 400 Reading the New Testament OR SSNT 422 Pauline Letters (3 credits)
    • MONS 410 Rule of Benedict (3 credits)
    • Monastic Studies (3 credits)
    • General elective (3 credits)
  3. Formation in the Theology of Monastic Priesthood (15 credits)
    • Weekly meetings with the rector or vice-rector covering the following (12 credits over 4 years):
      • Spirituality of Monastic Priesthood
      • Chastity, Love, and Sexuality
      • Ministerial Ethics
      • Practicum in Ministry

Certificate in Spiritual Direction

This Certificate requires an additional 10 credits of course work in addition to the 114 required for the Monastic Priesthood Master of Divinity:

  • Spirituality 437 The Practice of Discernmnet in Prayer  (1 credit)
  • PTHM 418 Dynamics of Spiritual Direction (3 credits)
  • PTHM 459 Practicum in Spiritual Direction (3 credits over two semesters)
  • PTHM 468 Integration in Spiritual Direction (3 credits, summers only)

Seminarians with the Certificate in Spiritual Direction would then complete their Master of Divinity degree with a total of 124 credits.