Formation, Integration, & Wisdom
As the faculty at The General Theological Seminary began the process of curriculum revision for the Master of Divinity degree, we were clear that we wanted our MDiv program to draw upon the unique resources provided by a residential seminary steeped in sacramental theology and liturgical spirituality, in a community that is committed to hospitality, collegiality and collaboration, all situated in an urban context with unparalleled access to diverse ministries just a subway or train ride away. In short, we wanted the strengths of our institution to shape the character of our academic programming.
Out of this process, two degree programs were born two degrees: the revised Master of Divinity and the new Master of Arts in Ministry. The former is designed to prepare the next generation of Christian leaders for ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church. Its learning outcomes, foundation curriculum, and robust formational expectations are all designed to educate and form students as grow into their calling to the priesthood. In fact, even the assessment strategy used for the program, an ePortfolio which students maintain starting in their first semester, is aligned with the typical evaluation and assessment expectations of sending dioceses.
For students wishing to benefit from General’s semi-monastic ethos, collegial culture, and urban context, but who desire more flexibility in their education have found the new Master of Arts in Ministry as a program which can help them navigate their emerging sense of vocation and call. While sharing many components with the MDiv, the MA in Ministry serves a diverse student body, ranging from candidates for holy order in the episcopal church who crave a deeper formational experience than those offered at divinity schools, to students wishing to prepare for vocations in Youth and Family Ministry, Christian Education, or leadership in a faith-based non-profit.