Program Requirements

MDIV Degree:

  • A minimum of 90 units of credit, at least 22.5 units of which must be completed in residence in Berkeley. This is an approved exception to ATS Educational Standard, section ES.2.1.1.1 (the standard is usually 30 credits).
  • Three required core intensives (students who matriculated before August 2013 must complete an ECO requirement only)
    1. The Educating to Counter Oppressions (ECO) Intensive
    2. The Multireligious Intensive
    3. An Intensive in Unitarian Universalist Ministry or in Spiritual Leadership
  • Participation in two or more August Symposia (optional, but encouraged,  for students who matriculated before August 2013)
  • A Mid-Degree Portfolio Conference
  • A combination of coursework, fieldwork, independent study, experiential learning and special projects to achieve competency in Eight Threshold areas:
    1. Life in Religious Community and Interfaith Engagement
    2. Prophetic Witness and Work
    3. Sacred Text and Interpretation
    4. History of Dissenting Traditions and the Thea/ological Quest
    5. Spiritual Practice and the Care of the Soul
    6. Thea/ology in Culture and Context
    7. Educating for Wholeness and Liberation
    8. Embodied Wisdom and Beauty

See also: http://www.sksm.edu/academics/master_of_divinity.php

MASC Degree:

  • A minimum of 48 units of credit, at least 12 units of which must be completed in residence in Berkeley. This is an approved exception to ATS Educational Standard, section ES.2.1.1.1.
  • The Educating to Counter Oppressions (ECO) Intensive (students who matriculated before Fall 2013 can also substitute with ECO Seminar equivalent course)
  • Participation in 2 or more August Symposia (optional, but encouraged,  for students who matriculated before August 2013)
  • At least 6 units must be taken from other schools at the Graduate Theological Union.
  • A Mid-Degree Portfolio Conference
  • A combination of coursework, fieldwork, independent study, experiential learning and special projects to achieve competency in  Eight Threshold areas:
    1. Life in Religious Community and Interfaith Engagement
    2. Prophetic Witness and Work
    3. Sacred Text and Interpretation
    4. History of Dissenting Traditions and the Thea/ological Quest
    5. Spiritual Practice and the Care of the Soul
    6. Thea/ology in Culture and Context
    7. Educating for Wholeness and Liberation
    8. Embodied Wisdom and Beauty
  • One 13 week term (Fall or Spring) of full-time Community Internship or its equivalent over the Fall and Spring Term (10 units of credit) and the Community Intern Reflection Class (2 units of credit)
  • MASC Project: a creative project representative of the student’s learning during the program, chosen and prepared in consultation with the Director of Public Ministries, Prof. Gabriella Lettini and with the support of one’s advisor.

See also: http://www.sksm.edu/academics/masc.php

MA Degree:

Students in the MA program should refer to the MA Student Handbook and check-lists. Please become familiar with them and double-check them when you have questions: http://www.gtu.edu/students/handbooks

Concurrent Degrees (MDIV/MA or MDIV/MASC):

SKSM allows students interested in integrating academic, ministerial and activist professional formation to pursue both the MDIV and either the MA or the MASC degrees concurrently.

Matriculation in concurrent MDIV/MASC or MDIV/MA can be done sequentially (starting with only one degree, and then petitioning to apply for the other) or concurrently. However, a student must apply and be admitted to the second program before completing the requirement for the first degree.

The double degree will entail:

  • Tuition for two years for the MDIV
  • Tuition for two years for the MASC or MA
  • Continuing fees for either the MASC or MA after the fourth year
  • 24 units can be used towards both degrees, at the discretion of the student’s ad
  • A total of 114 credits. One fourth of the credits (28,5) need to be taken in high residency mode. This is an approved exception to ATS Educational Standard, section ES.2.1.1.1.
  • Only one Mid-Degree Portfolio Conference
  • All other degree requirements for each program

The Director of the MASC program (Dr. Lettini) should also be consulted when the MASC degree is involved.

Please note that the financial advantages of the double degree end at the conclusion of the second year of the first degree program. Academic advantages persist beyond this time frame.

Students should also note that the GTU MA program is not a fixed tuition program such that tuition costs may increase from year to year.

To apply to a concurrent degree program please consult with your advisor first, then write a petition addressed to the Dean of Faculty explaining the reason for your request. The Faculty will vote on the petition in one of the monthly faculty meetings.   The student will be notified of the decision.

See also Concurrent Degree Programs in the next section on “Tuition and Fees.”