Master of Divinity

  • Overview

    The Master of Divinity program prepares students for ministerial work in the church and provides an advanced level graduate degree beyond the Master of Arts in Theology, as well as prerequisite programming for students planning to pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree.

    At a glance 

    • This program professes fidelity to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the doctrine and heritage of the Roman Catholic Church.
    • The curriculum provides a theological education for those who seek to serve the needs of the Catholic Church and society.
    • Students develop an understanding and appreciation of the Catholic faith with a specific emphasis on application in ministry.
    • This program provides competency in ministry, with an appropriate credential.

  • Curriculum

    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
    • Carmina Magnusen Chapp

      PhD, Duquesne University
      MA, Providence College
      BA, University of Notre Dame

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    • The Rev. Frank Donio, S.A.C

      D.Min., The Catholic University of America

      MS, Villanova University
      MA, The Catholic University of America
      BA, The Catholic University of America

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    • Patricia Sodano Ireland

      Director, Theology Programs & Dean of the College

      PhD, Drew University
      MPhil, Drew University
      MDiv, Andover Newton Theological School
      MA, Boston College
      BA, Boston College

      Learn more about Dr. Ireland

    Carmina Magnusen Chapp

    PhD, Duquesne University
    MA, Providence College
    BA, University of Notre Dame

    Learn more about Carmina

    The Rev. Frank Donio, S.A.C

    D.Min., The Catholic University of America

    MS, Villanova University
    MA, The Catholic University of America
    BA, The Catholic University of America

    Learn more about Fr. Frank

    Patricia Sodano Ireland

    Director, Theology Programs & Dean of the College

    PhD, Drew University
    MPhil, Drew University
    MDiv, Andover Newton Theological School
    MA, Boston College
    BA, Boston College

    Learn more about Dr. Ireland

  • Student Stories
    • 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, Cherry 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.