Master of Divinity

Deacon performing a wedding ceremonyThe Master of Divinity (MDiv) program prepares Catholic laity and permanent deacons for ministerial work in the Catholic church and provides prerequisite programming for students planning to pursue a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree. An accelerated track is available to students who hold a Master’s Degree in Theology or Ministry.

Program Highlights

  • This program professes fidelity to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the doctrine and heritage of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Students develop an understanding and appreciation of the Catholic faith with a specific emphasis on application in ministry.
  • Saint Joseph’s College is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education. The program is not accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and does not lead to ordination.
  • We are recognized by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • A letter from your pastor attesting that you are a Roman Catholic in good standing
  • A 300-600 word essay explaining your discernment process in applying for the Master of Divinity degree and what you feel called to do beyond its completion.

How much will this program cost?

Total Cost: $35,820*

*Excludes the cost of textbooks and nursing clinical fees. Assumes no transfer of credit, and, at the graduate level, that all preparatory requirements have been met. Prices are subject to change. Click here for full tuition and fee details.

How long will it take?

  • Full-time, less than 4 yr. Part-time, 7 yr 6 mo.


Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity curriculum offers a theological education for those who seek to serve the needs of the Catholic Church and society with a specific emphasis on application in ministry. The programs are in keeping with the values of Saint Joseph's College, which are rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy.

Master of Divinity - Accelerated Track

The Master of Divinity Accelerated Track is available to any student who holds a Master's Degree in Theology or Ministry. This program prepares students for ministerial work in the church with the opportunity to earn an advanced degree.

Some of our faculty

Steven Bridge
Steven BridgeProfessor, Chair of Theology Department
PhD, Marquette University
MA, Marquette University
BA, Hope College
Patricia Sodano Ireland
Patricia Sodano IrelandFaculty, Theology
PhD, Drew University
MPhil, Drew University
MDiv, Andover Newton Theological School
MA, Boston College
BA, Boston College

Student stories

Catherine Mackey
Catherine Mackey Syracuse, NY
“The professors were second to none. They were professional, brilliant, compassionate, loving. By the end, they were my friends. I could reach out to them at any point. I ended up developing professional, educational, and personal relationships throughout this program.”
Mariann Gilbride
Mariann GilbrideCherry Hill, NJ
“I was told the Moral Theology would be the hardest, but most rewarding course. It was challenging and invigorating. It stretched me to understand what God is asking of us, morally.”

Career moves

Most those who pursue a degree in Divinity (M.Div.) are working towards the goal of becoming an ordained minister, while others apply their theological education as educators, pastoral counselors, or chaplains. Other types of careers might include applying knowledge of biblical and religious training through teaching theology and other religious courses in college, seminaries, as well as conducting theological research.

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Tuition discounts

You may qualify for a discount on tuition through your employer.

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