Our Innovative Stackable Curriculum: A Theological Education That Fits You

The curriculum at PSR offers students the flexibility needed for a rapidly changing world.  The graduate curriculum offers a student the opportunity of earning a Graduate Certificate after the first year, a Master of Arts in Social Transformation after the second year, and a Master of Divinity degree after the third year (provided students have met all of the academic requirements).

We call this approach a Stackable Curriculum and are the first seminary in the nation to offer this unique approach to graduate education.  A student is able to get the education they need, when they need it, and go out to make a difference in the world.

Year One: Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change

The Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change (CSSC) offers specialized preparation for enhancing careers in social justice advocacy, community organizing, and church and nonprofit leadership.

The CSSC program combines these key elements: 

  • Spiritual formation and theological reflection
  • Foundational theories and engagement with sacred texts
  • Leadership skills for ethical decision-making
  • Immersive learning and practice with experienced mentors
  • Design thinking for social change

Participants can complete the certificate as a stand-alone program or as part of the Stackable Curriculum. Flexible learning options enable the student to earn this certificate part-time and with minimal residency requirements while still participating in a vibrant cohort of colleagues.

For program details, refer to the Academic Catalog.

Year Two: Master of Arts in Social Transformation

The Master of Arts in Social Transformation (MAST) offers advanced education and real-world experience and enhances critical thinking skills for those preparing to lead the church or transform companies and organizations that value social justice, equity, and activism.

The MAST program combines these key elements:

  • Developing leaders defined by empathy, compassion, and resilience
  • Ethical frameworks for driving social change
  • Critical thinking, theological reflection, and spiritual practice 
  • Strategies for collaborative community organizing and network building
  • Critical engagement of sacred and secular texts 

The MAST is part of Stackable Curriculum. Upon completion, students will have the option to continue to the Master of Divinity program. Flexible learning options enable students to earn this degree part-time and with minimal residency requirements while still participating in a vibrant cohort of colleagues.

For program details, refer to the Academic Catalog.

Year Three: Master of Divinity

Concentrations: Congregational Care, Chaplaincy, or Sexuality and Religion

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) prepares students for professional ministry, leadership in faith-based organizations, or further academic study. The program meets the educational requirements for ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, the Disciples of Christ, and other denominations.

As part of the Stackable Curriculum, students will also earn an Masters of Arts in Social Transformation (MAST) and a Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change (CSSC) or a Certificate of Sexuality and Religion (CSR).   

The MDiv program combines these key elements:

  • Robust leadership development in multiple disciplines
  • Dynamic internship experiences in congregations and other organizations
  • Cultivation of spiritual practices to inform professional ministry 
  • The ability to speak with confidence from a theological perspective on pressing cultural issues

For program details, refer to the PSR Academic Catalog.

Degrees

Doctor of Ministry

An advanced professional degree for experienced ministers

Master of Divinity

Prepares students for ordained or lay ministry, related vocations, and further academic study

Master of Divinity/Master of Arts

Designed for students who are entering teaching ministries, as well as those who want to pursue an area of particular interest before taking a call

Master of Arts in Social Transformation (MAST)

Equips students to think critically about socio-political dynamics and reflect constructively on the role played by religion and theological traditions in movements for social change

Master of Arts

An opportunity for students from other professions to integrate theological studies into their practice, and preparation for doctoral studies

Master of Theological Studies

Offers a broad, yet comprehensive, education in theological studies across a range of disciplines

Certificates

Certificate of Theological Studies

Offers students an opportunity to explore theological studies and vocational goals

Flexible Learning option available

Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change

A chance for those who are already engaged in social change, as well as those eager to embark on this vocational path, to combine spiritual formation and theological reflection in a cohort of changemakers, leadership skills for critically constructive social analysis, and immersive learning and practice with experienced mentors

Flexible Learning option available

Certificate of Sexuality and Religion

Provides specialized leadership training in the theological, historical, ethical, pastoral, and practical dimensions of sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity

Flexible Learning option available

Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies

Deepens ministers’ theological education

Graduate Theological Union Certificates and Degrees (for Academic Credit)