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M.Div. Equivalency

Assessment of M.Div. Equivalency:  Criteria and Process

An applicant seeking admission to the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union (CTU) who does not have the M.Div. degree, but who holds another master’s degree(s) in the fields of theology and/or ministry and who has exercised significant ministerial leadership, will have their materials evaluated to determine M.Div. equivalency.

An evaluation of MDIV equivalency occurs concurrently with the EDMIN admissions process at the school of matriculation. All applicants complete and submit the following with a completed application form:

·         official transcripts from all colleges, universities, institutes, ACPE programs attended

·         a curriculum vitae

·         a list of the readings in theology and ministry that have been influential to you over the past 2 years. What journals do you read and what other professional resources have you found helpful in your ministry?

·         an essay of  1000 to 1500 word essay that includes:

o   a statement of personal goals in ministry

o   a descriptive self-assessment of one’s ministry(s)

o   connections between one’s goals, self-assessments and readings identified in the provided annotated list

·         three (3) letters of recommendation (one each from an ecclesiastical superior, from someone who can attest to applicant’s academic ability, and from a colleague in ministry)

·         payment of a non-refundable application fee  


M.Div. equivalency is considered to be achieved by graduate theological education across a broad spectrum that includes theology, biblical studies, and the arts of ministry. CTU uses as a guideline the CTU M.Div. checklist to determine if the applicant meets these requirements.


1.      The Doctor of Ministry Committee, consisting of 2-3 faculty members appointed by the Dean and the Director of the D.Min. Program, evaluate each application and determine admission.

2.      Graduate courses recorded on an applicant's graduate transcripts are compared to the CTU M.Div. checklist.

3.      In the case of applicants who do not hold M.Div. degrees, the committee may determine that equivalency exists if the number and range of courses fulfills the degree expectations.

4.      If the number of credits and/or theological or pastoral areas is still lacking then applicants may be admitted as pre-D.Min. students and typically are enrolled in the Pastoral Studies Certificate program in order to complete the courses required to achieve M.Div. equivalency.

5.      Admission to pre-DMin. typically means that the applicant is approved to complete the hours and/or courses needed to qualify for the D.Min. program. 

If the applicant completes all the courses indicated as necessary for establishing M.Div. equivalency, with grades of B or higher, then the applicant requests that the committee re-evaluate their materials for admission to the D.Min. program.

Please note that admission in the EDMIN program is accomplished via the respective school of matriculation (CTU, MTS, LSTC). This information is applicable to those applying to CTU.

If you have questions about M.Div. equivalency, or need more information, contact:

Edward Foley, OFM Cap
Director, Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry Program
Duns Scotus Professor of Spirituality
Professor of Liturgy and Music


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