Note: Beginning Academic Year 2018–2019, MDiv students will follow the Stackable Curriculum. For full program description, refer to the 2018–2019 PSR Academic Catalog.


The Master of Divinity (MDiv) at Pacific School of Religion is a graduate professional degree that prepares students for lay and ordained ministry, related vocations, and further academic study. The program meets the educational requirements for ordained ministry in most major Protestant denominations. Within the framework of a curriculum of required course work in biblical studies, history, theology, ethics, field education, formation for leadership, cultural resources for ministry, and ministerial practices for leadership, MDiv students can shape their course of study to reflect their particular interests or specialized ministries.

We encourage students to pursue an understanding of their own faith tradition in light of global, ecumenical, and inter-disciplinary concerns, institutions, and movements represented at PSR and the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). Students who complete the PSR MDiv achieve the following program learning outcomes. They will be able to:

  • Articulate an understanding of texts and traditions, apply them to particular situations, and critically engage with those texts and traditions
    • Theologically ground ministerial and vocational arts, including preaching, worship leadership, pastoral care, and community organizing.
    • Communicate the theological and/or philosophical and/or aesthetic traditions of one’s own religious community or communities.
    • Engage in creating new theological discourses.
    • Articulate the relationship of a theological and/or religious text to its context of origin and use and understand a spectrum of approaches for interpreting sacred texts today.
  • Recognize all knowledge as contextual
    • Articulate the importance and significance of the various factors that shape one’s own context
    • Demonstrate an awareness of another’s context, especially across differences with respect to race, sexuality, gender, ethnicity, class, culture, nationality and religious affiliation, etc.
    • Imagine how to translate across and among various contexts.
    • Avoid inappropriate boundary crossing and misappropriation.
  • Articulate the connection between spiritual practice(s) and the development of a leadership style
    • Demonstrate personal integrity and character based on spiritual values.
    • Practice a spirituality that engages the wider society.
    • Develop a spiritual-rootedness to sustain world-changing work.
    • Effectively link spirituality and leadership in a community of accountability.
    • Engage life and work with cultural humility and respect for cross cultural differences.
  • Form effective partnerships with various organizations and individuals
    • Work effectively with people of different backgrounds, cultures and experiences.
    • Incorporate insights from non-academic contexts.
  • Integrate the various intellectual disciplines, fields, topics, and themes of theological education in the practices of ministry and public leadership in a variety of contexts
    • Articulate a theologically grounded position on social justice issues.
    • Organize community efforts toward achieving social change.
    • Develop a definition of social transformation in critical, constructive, theological, and historical modes.