|SFTS Announces New Master of Divinity Curriculum
New M.Div. Curriculum
Approved by Board in May Meetings
San Francisco Theological Seminary is pleased to announce
that after extensive development by SFTS faculty, the Board of Trustees has approved
a new Masters of Divinity curriculum that will increase student access to the
seminary’s most popular program. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year,
students will be able to take advantage of a wide variety of changes to the M.Div.
curriculum, outlined below.
Reduction in the
number of required credit hours.
The number of required credit hours has been reduced from 81
to 72. SFTS has made this reduction while maintaining the required courses and
rigor of the core curriculum. The revision redistributes requirements and
electives, and includes a new requirement in spirituality.
Incorporation of a
In addition to maintaining seminar-size courses, the new
curriculum will feature the “Oxford-Cambridge” tutorial model, in which small
groups of students meet regularly with a professor to master a specific subject
through a mentorship-style learning experience.
Interdisciplinary Campus-wide Lectures.
Under this new model, all M.Div. students and professors will
participate in a weekly interdisciplinary lecture given by a different
professor each week using a common theme each semester. This series will
provide valuable context and an opportunity for dialogue that supplement the
core courses of the M.Div. program.
Adoption of an
Replacing the third-year internship program is an externship
model of education, which will offer students the opportunity to apply for
ordainable, yearlong positions after completing the classroom requirements of
the degree. This new model, once it is in place, will provide students the
benefits of an internship, with the added benefit of earning an income while engaging
in on-the-job learning.
Opportunities for Online Courses.
Four courses of the M.Div. curriculum will be placed online
throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, which will greatly increase student