Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Master of Divinity

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The goal of the Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree is to provide the academic grounding and pastoral skills necessary to minister as a Roman Catholic priest in a multicultural Church.

The Seminary and School of Theology confers the MDiv degree on students who successfully complete the four-year academic program. The curriculum incorporates classroom study and integrated field placements.

The student entering the program will spend eight semesters in approved course work, participate in four January Interterm sessions and spend one summer in a Clinical Pastoral Education program. After the fourth semester, students take a yearlong pastoral internship or a summer pastoral internship.

Upon completion of the MDiv degree, the graduate should manifest the following qualities and abilities in the four areas of priestly formation:

Intellectual Formation

  • understands and communicates the biblical, historical, and doctrinal dimensions of Catholic belief and practice;
  • incorporates the Church's intellectual tradition in preaching;
  • effectively communicates Church teaching, moral teaching, and Church history and tradition and effectively employs principles of biblical exegesis;
  • communicates faithfully the social teaching of the Church for justice, peace and the integrity of human life;

Spiritual Formation

  • communicates a well-rounded appreciation for and practice of varied spiritual traditions;
  • is progressing toward a meaningful, well-developed and balanced life of prayer;
  • is described by others as a man of prayer;

Pastoral Formation

  • competently prepares for and delivers liturgical rites and norms of the Church;
  • demonstrates effective preaching;
  • understands the principles of pastoral care and counseling;
  • integrates knowledge and practice in a contemporary context;
  • delivers effective pastoral care;

Human Formation

  • presents as a mature, well-integrated public person;
  • is progressing as a pastoral leader.

I Year MDiv

Fall Semester (15 credit hours)
10:520 Foundational Theology (3 hours) 
12:515 Liturgical Theology (3 hours) 
22:530 Pentateuch and Historical Books (3 hours) 
30:520 Early Church History (3 hours) 
40:511 History and Culture of the Church in the Americas (2 hours) 
54:500 Ministry Formation (1 hour)

January Interterm
Human Formation

Spring Semester (15 credit hours)
10:515 God & the Human Person (3 hours) 
12:525 Sacramental Theology and Sacraments of Initiation (3 hours) 
24:520 Paul in Early Christianity (3 hours) 
30:525 Medieval Church History (3 hours) 
54:500 Ministry Formation (1 hour) 
Elective (2 hours)

Summer
54:527 Clinical Pastoral Education must be taken during the summer following I or II Theology (4 hours)
The alternate summer is free for the optional summer Spanish Immersion Program.

II Year MDiv

Fall Semester (15 credit hours)
10:536 Christology & Mariology (3 hours)
15:530 Fundamental Moral Theology (3 hours)
24:500 Synoptic Gospels and Acts (3 hours) 
30:530 Modern Church History (3 hours)
54:500 Ministry Formation (1 hour)
Elective (2 hours)

January Interterm
Human Formation

Spring Semester (15 credit hours)
10:500 Ecclesiology and Ecumenism (3 hours)
42:535 Foundations in Homiletics (3 hour)
43:525 Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 hours)
46:545 Canon Law I (3 hours)
54:500 Ministry Formation (1 hour)
Elective (2 hours)

Summer
54:527 Clinical Pastoral Education must be taken during the summer following I or II Theology (4 hours)
The alternate summer is free for the optional summer Spanish Immersion Program.

III Year MDiv

Fall Semester (16 credit hours)
10:540 Trinity (3 hours)
42:540 Advanced Homiletics (3 hours)
44:545 The Catechetical Ministry (3 hours)
46:550 Canon Law II (3 hours) 
54:540 Advanced Homiletics Practicum (1 hour) 
54:500 Ministry Formation (1 hour)
Elective (2 hours)

January Interterm
Human Formation

Spring Semester (15 credit hours)
12:535 Sacrament of Marriage (3 hours)
15:545 Catholic Social Ethics (3 hours)
22:545 Prophets (3 hours)
54:500 Ministry Formation (1 hour)
54:550 Practicum in Homiletics/Liturgies I (1 hour)
Elective (2 hours)
Elective (2 hours)

Summer
54:650 Summer Pastoral Internship (4 hours)

IV Year MDiv

Fall Semester (14 credit hours)
12:550 Eucharist (3 hours)
12:555 Sacrament of Reconciliation (3 hours)
43:550 Ministry to Families (3 hours)
44:550 Patristics (2 hours)
54:500 Ministry Formation (1 hour)
Elective (2 hours)

January Interterm
Human Formation

Spring Semester (12 credit hours)
15:551 Sexual and Medical Ethics (3 hours)
20:540 Johannine Literature and Thought (2 hours)
45:540 Sacrament of Holy Orders (3 hours) 
54:500 Ministry Formation (1 hour)
54:555 Practicum in Homiletics/Liturgics II (1 hour)
Elective (2 hours)

Total: 125 credit hours