The Divinity Program is a three-year professional program designed for students who are preparing for church leadership or for any number of specialized ministries including youth ministry, campus ministry, interfaith ministry, pastoral care and ministries of social service.
In addition to gaining a grasp of the essence of Christian faith and practice from biblical, historical and theological perspectives.Divinity students will gain competencies in the tasks of ministry, which include preaching, evangelism, pastoral counseling, public relations, management of church resources, and leadership.
Entering students are encouraged to apply directly into the M.Div. Program. M.R.E. students in good standing may request to transfer and apply credits earned in the R.E. Program toward Divinity program requirements. In granting such requests, the applicant's faith and spiritual maturity may be considered.
To be awarded the M.Div. degree, students must fulfill the following requirements:
- 80 credit hours
- A minimum grade point average of 2.50
- Mid‑Program Review
The following course requirements apply to all students in the Divinity Program. Courses listed are for 3 credits unless otherwise noted.
Theological Curriculum: SCR 5131 Hebrew Bible, SCR 5141 New Testament Foundations, One Old Testament exegetical course, One New Testament exegetical course, LTR 5131 Church History I, LTR 5132 Church History II, LTR 5141 World Religions, THE 5131 Systematic Theology, THE 5142 Ethics in Postmodern Society, THE 5151 Topics in Apologetics in the 21st Century
Ministry Curriculum: EDU 5121 Effective Religious Education for Ministry, MIN 5101 Ministerial Leadership, MIN 5102 Worship and Liturgy, MIN 5104 Homiletics, MIN 5105 Congregational Development, MIN 5106 Ecumenism and Interfaith, PAS 5101 Pastoral Counseling, MIN 5502 Marriage and Family Ministry, EDU 5311 Spiritual Formation, MIN 5803 Integration Colloquy (1 credit)
Field Education: MIN 5192 Clinical Pastoral Education (4 credits)
Field Education: In addition to CPE, students may take other Field Education credits. The Office of Field Education supports the UTS commitment to professional ministry and personal spiritual formation by providing students with diverse supervised field opportunities. These provide an opportunity to further integrate theological heritage with classroom learning and practical experience through a process of action-reflection, to arrive at new insight about themselves and their future vocations.
Field Education in the United States is especially valuable for international students, providing them with unparalleled cultural and language immersion opportunities. Both campuses are in close proximity to Christian churches, Muslim mosques, Hindu and Buddhist temples, Jewish synagogues and Sikh gurdwaras, allowing students easy access to the living faith traditions of the world. The incredible resource of New York City also offers students the opportunity to pursue field education in non-governmental organizations affiliated with the United Nations, interfaith organizations, or mega-churches.
Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E.): M.Div. students considering professional chaplaincy, pursuing ordination, or seeking an environment in which to develop practical skills in ecumenical and interfaith ministry are required to complete one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) during their seminary program. Each unit is 400 hours, usually in a hospital setting. It may be full-time as a summer internship or part-time during the academic year. Students are admitted for their first unit of CPE normally after a minimum of one year of theological education.
Students will consult with the Field Education Director in planning their CPE work. Students can obtain additional information about CPE by visiting the website of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education at www. acpe.edu.
Ordination: UTS provides courses to satisfy the requirements for ordination in various denominations, such as courses in a particular church polity or history. Certain denominations require one unit of CPE. Students pursuing ordination are encouraged to consult with their respective faith groups about specific ordination requirements and work with their academic advisor to plan their seminary program.
Professional chaplains are typically endorsed by a denomination or faith group, board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), and work in hospitals, prisons or in the military. Employ-ment is usually full-time although part-time positions are available.
Students wishing to pursue careers as professional chaplains are advised to take MIN 5101 Ministerial Leadership during their first year, either PAS 5311 Pastoral Counseling or PAS 5312 Theories and Tech-niques of Counseling during their second year, and an additional pastoral or family ministry course such as PAS 5315 Practicum in Counseling, PAS 5501 Marriage and Family Counseling, PAS 5316 Dealing with Challenging Relationships, or PAS 5512 Family Therapy Concepts and Methods during the third year.
To obtain board certification by APC, a student must complete four units of CPE at an accredited center. Students who successfully complete one unit of CPE during the first two years of their seminary program may apply in their third year for a paid 12-month residency at select CPE sites beginning in the September following their graduation from UTS. Upon completion of a residency program, students will have the four units of CPE required for board certification.
Students who are permanent residents or citizens of the United States, meet military eligibility requirements, and are interested in military chaplaincy may be eligible for the chaplain candidate program in one of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force). Chaplain candidates receive tuition reim-bursement and many paid training opportu-nities while completing their seminary degree. Students wishing to pursue this track are advised to take PAS 5722 The Healing Journey: Trauma and Restorative Justice and PAS 5723 Moral Injury and War.
Students wishing to pursue a career as a prison chaplain must typically complete one unit of CPE and an additional prison-based placement. For more information on various chaplaincy vocations, visit www. acpe.edu.
Combined Degrees: Students may enroll in any of the Master programs sequentially, but only 24 credits may be transferred to the second degree. Students should, therefore, plan a total of three to four years of study to complete both programs. A student will be awarded only one degree at any one commencement ceremony.
The limit of 24 transferable credits is waived for M.R.E. and M.A. graduates who have worked in the field for at least three years after graduation and who wish to earn the M.Div. degree. These graduates may apply 48 of their M.A. or 50 of their M.R.E. credits towards the M.Div. degree.