The Master of Divinity program serves those who want to become ordained ministers or to practice other professional ministries on behalf of the church. It combines a thorough grounding in academic disciplines –Bible, theology, history, homiletics, liturgics, education, counseling, spirituality—with practical experience in ministry through a required internship. The program is recognized as fulfilling the education requirements of most major denominations. Core MDiv courses are taught in San Anselmo, but many elective and upper level courses are offered in Berkeley and at other GTU schools.
The faculty has formulated the goals of theological education at SFTS in a list of the Habits and Skills
the Seminary expects graduates of our programs to display in their lives and practice of ministry. The specific learning outcomes of the MDiv degree are:
- Lead and order services of Christian worship
- Reflect theologically on Christian faith, the church and the world
- Provide pastoral care and spiritual formation for individuals and communities
- Equip churches and communities for mission and ministry in a multi-cultural and pluralistic context.
At San Francisco Theological Seminary, the faculty and their disciplines are organized into three curricular areas:
||Church History, Theology & Ethics
|| Social & Behavioral Studies, Worship & Proclamation,
Mission & Evangelism, Spirituality, and Ministry
M.Div. degree program consists of six semesters (three years) of course work and an internship.
The normal full-time course load is four 3-unit courses or 12 units per semester. A total of
81 semester units of credit and competence in one biblical language are required for the degree.
Students may substitute up to three courses from the Graduate Theological Union offerings (one
in each SFTS academic area) for core courses. The numbers and titles of allowable substitutes,
determined by SFTS faculty, may be obtained from the Registrar's Office. Other substitutions
for academic area requirements may be allowed at the SFTS instructors' discretion in individual
The required units of core courses and electives are to be distributed among various disciplines.
For a complete listing of the courses and electives, please check the links
Reading knowledge of one biblical language, Greek or Hebrew, is required for the SFTS M.Div.
degree. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) requires competence in both languages for ordination.