Program Description

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a professional degree program designed to develop the academic, spiritual and pastoral skills necessary for ministerial leadership in the Church. The program is available to men preparing for ordination to the Roman Catholic priesthood.

Candidates for the Roman Catholic priesthood must complete a 126-hour program that conforms to the Program of Priestly Formation established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Students in this program must have the approval of their Bishop or religious superior. In addition diocesan seminarians must be admitted to St. Mary’s Seminary.

For information about St. Mary’s Seminary Program for Priestly Formation, please contact:

Rector, St. Mary’s Seminary
9845 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77024


Thirty hours of undergraduate philosophy are required with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and 12 hours undergraduate theology with a minimum of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Degree Requirements

The program requires the completion of 116 hours with a minimum cumulative average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.*

*Ecclesiastical authorities of candidates for sacramental ordination may specify additional requirements in academics and in pastoral field education. Students are responsible for consulting the directives of ecclesiastical superiors in such matters.

Language Requirements

UST School of Theology does not have a language requirement to obtain the M.Div. degree; however, most dioceses require their students to become conversant in Spanish.

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. Normally a maximum of 58 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.


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