Master of Divinity (MDiv)
A Master of Divinity degree prepares you for Church ordination or to pursue other professional ministries where advanced leadership skills are essential. Those ministries include congregational pastor, healthcare and military chaplaincy, campus ministry, spiritual direction, pastoral counseling, not-for-profit work, and other community based ministries. Unlike some master of religious education programs, our MDiv combines a framework of academic disciplines—Bible studies, theology, history, homiletics, liturgics, counseling, and Christian spirituality—with practical ministry experience.
The program fulfills 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 distinguished 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 to:
- 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 multicultural and pluralistic context.