Master of Religious Education Degree (MRE)
Master of Divinity (MDiv)
This program is designed to strengthen the religious basis of the individual’s life and work, whether in a secular career or church-related career, by providing the individual with a general theological understanding as well as the opportunity for in-depth study and specialization. The curriculum is organized:
The twenty (20) units of study consist of foundational courses, in-depth courses, electives, and a summative exercise, as follows:
Foundational Courses (5 units)
In-Depth Courses (7 units)
N.B. Core Systematic and Ethics courses must be taken from offerings in the Roman Catholic tradition.
Electives (6-7 units)
Students may choose a specialization consisting of a total of six courses from one of the major divisions (Scripture, Systematic Theology, History or Pastoral). In-depth courses and electives may be counted toward a specialization.
Summative Exercise (1-2 units)
Students may complete the degree in one of three (3) ways: a Field Education option, a Thesis option, or a Research Paper option.
Field Education Option (2 units)
MTS Thesis Option (2 units)
MTS students who maintain a minimum A- average, normally after completion of 15 courses, may choose to write a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the MTS degree. The thesis is worth two units of study and comprises the summative exercise for this option. Students are given two full semesters to write their theses. After two full semesters, students must apply for an extension and will be charged a program continuation fee. Further information is available from the Director of Basic Degree Programs.
Research Paper Option (1 unit)
Students may also choose to complete the degree with a major research paper. This paper should be 8000 to 9000 words, and is evaluated by one reader, who may also be the director. This option is worth one unit of study, leaving the rest of the degree to be fulfilled with a further elective course.
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