Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Theology Programs

The following course of studies is designed to prepare students academically for ministry in the Traditional Anglican Communion. Completing these programs of study does not, however, guarantee ordination, which includes a variety of non-academic qualifications, including moral rectitude, spiritual formation, and emotional and intellectual maturity. Ordination is at the discretion of each student’s diocesan bishop, and regulated by the distinct requirements of each jurisdiction’s canon law.

Track 1 – Master of Divinity

This is the track for traditional students, entering seminary studies with a B.A., B.S. or equivalent degree. B100 and B101 may be omitted for students who have already taken and passed these with a grade equivalent of C or better.

Courses Required for Preparation for Ordination to the Diaconate

  • T100 Christian Philosophy
  • T101 Introduction to Christian Theology
  • T102 Christian Apologetics
  • T110 Moral Theology
  • T120 Introduction to Ascetical Theology
  • B100 New Testament (Koine) Greek
  • B101 Biblical Hebrew
  • B102 Hermeneutics
  • B103 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • B105 Introduction to the New Testament Epistles: Romans and 1 Corinthians
  • B110 The Synoptic Gospels
  • B115 The Johannine Scriptures: the Gospel, Epistles, and Apocalypse
  • H105 Councils, Creeds, and Heresies
  • H110 Historic Anglican Writings and Divines
  • H120 Introduction to Christian Liturgy
  • H130 The Book of Common Prayer & the Missals
  • C100 Canon Law and Polity
  • PR100 Liturgical and Practical Ministry of a Deacon/Practical Training in Liturgy
  • PR 101 Introduction to Homiletics
  • PR 102 Christian Education and Missions

Courses Required for Preparation for Ordination to the Priesthood

  • B200 The Pentateuch
  • B205 The Historical Writings and the Prophets
  • B207 Poetry and Wisdom Literature
  • B220 The Pauline and Catholic Epistles
  • H200 Patristics
  • H201 Church History: Early Church and the Medieval Church
  • H202 Church History: The Reformation to the Present
  • T220 Spiritual Direction
  • T230 Theology Proper (God, the Trinity), Cosmology & Anthropology
  • T240 Christology & Soteriology
  • T250 Ecclesiology & Eschatology
  • T260 Sacramental Theology
  • C201 Introduction to World Religions
  • PR200 Liturgical and Practical ministry of a Priest/Practical Training in Liturgy
  • PR 201 Pastoral Theology
  • PR 205 Parish Ministry and Administration

The course work in practical theology includes, as part of the PR100 and PR 200 courses, field work and a short term meeting at a satellite location for practical, hands on work under the supervision of a qualified priest.

Track 2 – Bachelor of Theology

This is the track for non-traditional students, who enter from a variety of other backgrounds.The specific course listings from Track 2 below will be determined by the student’s Diocesan Bishop, in consultation with the Dean of the College.

Courses Required for Preparation for Ordination to the Diaconate

  • T100 Christian Philosophy
  • T101 Introduction to Christian Theology
  • T102 Christian Apologetics
  • T110 Moral Theology
  • T120 Introduction to Ascetical Theology
  • B102 Hermeneutics: Interpretation of Scripture
  • B104 Introduction to the Old Testament and Basic Tools for Old Testament Exegesis
  • B106 Introduction to the New Testament New Testament Epistles: Romans and 1 Corinthians and Basic Tools for New Testament Exegesis
  • B107 Introduction to the Gospels
  • H100 Church History: Early Church and the Medieval Church
  • H101 Church History: The Reformation to the Present
  • H105 Councils, Creeds, and Heresies
  • H110 Historic Anglican Writings and Divines
  • H120 Introduction to Christian Liturgy
  • H130 The Book of Common Prayer & the Missals
  • C100  Canon Law and Polity
  • PR100 Liturgical and Practical Ministry of a Deacon/Practical Training in Liturgy
  • PR 101 Introduction to Homiletics
  • PR 102 Christian Education and Missions

Courses Required for Preparation for Ordination to the Priesthood

This is the same as in Track 1

Track 3 – Post-Degree Theological Program Toward Ordination

The specific course listings for the track will be determined by the student’s Diocesan Bishop, in consultation with the Dean of the College.  It is designed for those who already have a higher degree in theology.

Electives for Tracks 1 through 3

  • B110 Ecclesiastical Latin
  • C200 Islam
  • T200 Christian Apologetics
  • PR 204 Advanced Homiletics
  • PR 250 Fundamentals of Church Music

 

Master of Theological Studies Program

The Master of Theological Studies program is intended for lay men and women who are interested in enriching their understanding and knowledge of the Christian Church’s doctrine, history, discipline, and moral teachings as expressed in and through the historic Anglican Tradition. The program of studies is similar to but distinct from the Master of Divinity/Bachelor of Theology program offered by the College to candidates for ordination in the Traditional Anglican Communion.

The academic program leading to a Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) consists of a systematic undertaking of theological courses, together with a major paper, exposing the student to the fundamentals of Christian theology, doctrine and history. The program of academic studies is designed to be undertaken at the student’s pace and successful completion of each course is based upon mastery of the course content and not on any specified time frame or residency requirement. Applicants for the M.T.S. program must have a Bachelor degree in a recognized field of study. In addition, the applicant will be expected to demonstrate an ability to undertake the course work and requirements at an appropriate level of scholarship and literacy.

The first component of the Master of Theological Studies program will introduce the student to the basics of Christian Philosophy, Holy Scripture, Church History, Christian Doctrine, Moral Theology and Apologetics. The second component of theological studies will provide the student with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Christian doctrine, the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (with particular emphasis on the Pentateuch and Prophets, the Synoptic Gospels, John and Revelation, and the Pauline and Catholic Epistles), Christian Spirituality, Patristics, Dogmatic Theology, Moral Theology, and Historical Anglican Theology and Liturgy. The third component of the student’s theological studies consists of the research and writing of a major paper in an area of theological interest to the student under the supervision of one or more members of the Faculty. Upon successful completion of the required course work and the presentation and defense of the major paper, the student will be granted a Master of Theological Studies.

Students will undertake their course of studies by means of tutorials, lectures, directed readings, video lectures, submission of papers, and periodic examinations. The instructors will outline the expectations and requirements for successful completion of each course based upon the curriculum and criteria established by the Board of Regents and administered by the Dean of the College. The length (number of hours of lecture, tutorials, study, etc.) will vary depending upon the nature and scope of each course; the sequence and timing of the courses will be determined in consultation with the student, faculty, and the Dean of the College. The student will be responsible for setting his or her own schedule (subject to the instructors’ requirements and the course schedules), for completing the directed readings, viewing the videos, attending the tutorials, submitting the papers, and meeting the deadlines assigned by the instructor(s). A formal examination or comprehensive paper will be required in each course to determine whether the student has completed the requirements and mastered the course content.

First Component of Master of Theological Studies:

  • T100 Christian Philosophy
  • T101 Introduction to Christian Theology
  • B103 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • B105 Introduction to the New Testament
  • H201 Church History: Early Church and the Medieval Church
  • H202 Church History: The Reformation to the Present
  • H110 Historical Anglican Writings and Divines
  • T102 Christian Apologetics
  • T110 Introduction to Moral Theology
  • T260 Introduction to Sacramental Theology

Second Component of Master of Theological Studies:

  • B200 The Pentateuch
  • B205 The Historical Writings and the Prophets
  • B207 Poetry and Wisdom Literature
  • B110 The Synoptic Gospels
  • B115 The Johannine Scriptures: the Gospel, Epistles, and Apocalypse
  • B220 The Pauline and Catholic Epistles
  • H200 Patristics
  • H120 Introduction to Christian Liturgy
  • H130 The Book of Common Prayer & the Missals
  • T230 Theology Proper (God, the Trinity), Cosmology & Anthropology
  • T240 Christology & Soteriology
  • T250 Ecclesiology & Eschatology

Third Component of Masters of Theological Studies:

The third component comprises the research, writing, submission and defense of a major paper (of not less than 50 pages) in an area of theological interest to the student. The area of research must first be approved by the Dean of the College, and the paper written under the supervision of one or more members of the Faculty as assigned by the Dean. The student will be expected to submit and defend his or her theological paper before a committee of the College Faculty appointed for that purpose by the Dean.

Bachelor of Theological Studies Program

The Bachelor of Theological Studies program is intended for lay men and women who are interested in enriching their understanding and knowledge of the Christian Church’s doctrine, history, discipline, and moral teachings as expressed in and through the historic Anglican Tradition. The program of studies is similar to but distinct from the Master of Divinity/Bachelor of Theology program offered by the College to candidates for ordination in the Traditional Anglican Communion.

The academic program leading to a Bachelor of Theological Studies consists of a systematic undertaking of theological courses exposing the student to the fundamentals of Christian theology, doctrine and history. The program of academic studies is designed to be undertaken at the student’s pace and successful completion of each course is based upon mastery of the course content and not on any specified time frame or residency requirement. While there is no specific prerequisite for admission to the Bachelor of Theological Studies program, the applicant will be expected to demonstrate an ability to undertake the course work and requirements at an appropriate level of scholarship and literacy.

The first component of the Bachelor of Theological Studies program will introduce the student to the basics of Christian Philosophy, Holy Scripture, Church History, Christian Doctrine, Historical Anglican Theology, Writings and Liturgy, Moral Theology, Apologetics, and World Religions. The second component of theological studies will provide the student with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Christian doctrine, the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (with particular emphasis on the Pentateuch and Prophets, the Synoptic Gospels, John and Revelation, and the Pauline and General Epistles), Christian Spirituality, Patristics, Dogmatic Theology, Moral Theology, Liturgy, and Ecclesiology.

Students will undertake their course of studies by means of tutorials, lectures, directed readings, video lectures, submission of papers, and periodic examinations. The instructors will outline the expectations and requirements for successful completion of each course based upon the curriculum and criteria established by the Board of Regents.

The length (number of hours of lecture, tutorials, study, etc.) will vary depending upon the nature and scope of each course; the sequence and timing of the courses will be determined in consultation with the student, faculty, and the Dean of the College. The student will be responsible for setting his or her own schedule (subject to the instructors’ requirements and the course schedules), for completing the directed readings, viewing the videos, attending the tutorials, submitting the papers, and meeting the deadlines assigned by the instructor(s). A formal examination or comprehensive paper will be required in each course to determine whether the student has completed the requirements and mastered the course content.

Upon successful completion of the prescribed program of theological studies and the recommendation of the Dean of the College, the student will be granted the degree of Bachelor of Theological Studies by the Board of Regents.

First Component of Bachelor of Theological Studies:

  • T100 Christian Philosophy
  • T101 Introduction to Christian Theology
  • B103 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • B105 Introduction to the New Testament
  • H201 Church History: Early Church and the Medieval Church
  • H202 Church History: The Reformation to the Present
  • H105 Councils, Creeds and Heresies
  • H110 Historical Anglican Writings and Divines
  • T102 Christian Apologetics
  • T110 Introduction to Moral Theology
  • T-260 Introduction to Sacramental Theology
  • C-201 Introduction to World Religions

Second Component of Bachelor of Theological Studies:

  • B200 The Pentateuch
  • B205 The Historical Writings and the Prophets
  • B207 Poetry and Wisdom Literature
  • B110 The Synoptic Gospels
  • B115 The Johannine Scriptures: the Gospel, Epistles, and Apocalypse
  • B220 The Pauline and Catholic Epistles
  • H200 Patristics
  • H120 Introduction to Christian Liturgy
  • H130 The Book of Common Prayer & the Missals
  • T230 Theology Proper (God, the Trinity), Cosmology & Anthropology
  • T240 Christology & Soteriology
  • T250 Ecclesiology & Eschatology
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