Thursday, February 14, 2013

Episcopal seminary schools

Episcopal seminary schools

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There are 11 Episcopal seminary schools affiliated with the Episcopal Church in U.S. that offer post-graduate degree programs. They prepare students for effective leadership and practice of ministry and for teaching and research in theology. They are located in different states, but they have similar requirements for admission and graduation, as they observe the same standards of educational and institutional quality.

  1. Episcopal Seminaries

    • The accredited Episcopal seminary schools in U.S. are as follows: Berkeley Divinity School, Connecticut- Bexley Hall, Ohio- Church Divinity School of the Pacific, California- Episcopal Divinity School, Massachusetts- General Theological Seminary, New York- Nashotah House, Wisconsin- Seminary of the Southwest, Texas- Sewanee-University of the South, Tennessee- Seabury-Western, Illinois- Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Pennsylvania- and Virginia Theological Seminary, Virginia.

    ATS Membership

    • Episcopal seminaries are members of the Association of Theological Schools, an organization with more than 250 members in U.S. and Canada. Among the criteria that a school should meet to be eligible for membership are: the school is in the U.S. or Canada- has at least one series of graduates with the master of divinity degree or the first theological degree of the school- has properly qualified professors with six to 10 years of experience- and offers quality post-graduate programs in theological studies.

    Accreditation Standards

    • The institutional standards of the Episcopal seminaries are approved of by the board of commissioners of ATS Commission on Accrediting. The standards take into consideration the purpose of the school and the comprehensive procedures of planning and evaluation of its educational programs- the school integrity and promotion of diversity- the way the activities of learning, teaching and research are carried out- the theological curriculum- the information and institutional resources- faculty members and student services- and authority and governance policies.

    Degree Programs

    • Degree programs are oriented either toward ministerial leadership, general theological studies or research. Basic degrees in ministerial leadership are master of divinity, master's in religious education, master's in church music, master's of specialized ministry and master's in pastoral studies. The master's in general theological studies, with variations of title such as master of arts, is the basic degree in theological studies. Advance degrees are doctor of ministry, doctor of missiology, doctor of education and doctor in church music. Advanced degrees in teaching and research are master of (sacred) theology and doctor of theology or philosophy.

    Admission Criteria

    • Even though each theological school may have additional criteria of admission, a general condition is that students must have a baccalaureate degree or equivalent issued by a member institution of the Association of Universities and Colleges or an institution accredited by a U.S. agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. A transfer of credits from other institutions toward the degree pursued is possible, but depends on the school's approval. Tuition and fees vary, but eligible students may be granted financial aid and scholarships.


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