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Master of Divinity Non-Ordination Track
713-686-4345 ext. 231

Program Description

The 90-hour Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a professional degree program designed to develop the academic and pastoral skills necessary for ministerial leadership. The program is available to students preparing for lay ministry in the Catholic Church or pastoral leadership in other Christian denominations. Candidates must complete a 90-hour program that provides a solid academic foundation in combination with supervised pastoral practice.

Read more information in the Online Catalog from St. Mary’s Seminary.


Eighteen hours of undergraduate theology and/or philosophy with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.

Degree Requirements

The program requires the completion of 90 hours with a minimum cumulative average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, including 67 credit hours of academic courses, 15 credit hours of electives and 8 credit hours of pastoral field education.

Appropriate visa from the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services for candidates who are not citizens of the United States. Applicants should consult with the International Student Advisor at the University of St. Thomas for further information.

Language Requirements

Not applicable.

Transfer of Credit

Courses completed with a minimum of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale at the post-baccalaureate level at an accredited institution may be accepted toward the fulfillment of M.Div. requirements. A maximum of 44 hours may be accepted as transfer credit for the M.Div. Program provided there is a true equivalency with School of Theology course offering.

Time Limit

Program requirements must be completed within 10 years of initial registration.

Exit Procedure

The exit procedure for the 90-Hour Master of Divinity degree is the satisfactory completion of an oral outcomes examination given in the final semester of the student’s study.


To apply, please contact:
University of St. Thomas, School of Theology
9845 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77024-3498
713-686-4345 ext 231

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