The Anglican Studies Program

Purpose: CRCDS, in collaboration with The Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, offers Episcopal students preparing for ordination the opportunity to earn a Master of Divinity degree from CRCDS concurrently with an Anglican Studies Certificate.

This unique partnership offers students preparing for ministry in the Episcopal Church with the extraordinary opportunity to combine the ecumenical theological education available at CRCDS with a dynamic program in Anglican studies and formation.

Eligibility: Admission to the Master of Divinity program at CRCDS and to the Anglican Certificate program requires a completed four-year degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

Episcopal students who are currently enrolled at other institutions for their M.Div. degree may also take courses in the Anglican Studies Certificate program as visiting students if courses are approved by their Chief Academic Officer.

Curriculum: The Anglican Studies Certificate consists of five (5) courses taken over the duration of a student’s M.Div. program at CRCDS. These courses are designed to serve the academic and formation needs of students preparing for Anglican/Episcopal ministry and fit within the eight (8) electives available to students enrolled in the M.Div. program. Areas of study will include the following:

  1. R CF 561Liturgy
  2. R CF 562 Anglican and Episcopal History
  3. R CF 563 Faith Formation and Spirituality in the Episcopal Church
  4. R CF 564 Mission and Ministry of the Episcopal Church
  5. R CF 565 Anglican Theology and Ethics

These courses will be offered in a variety of educational delivery systems, including on-campus, semester-long courses, seminar or reading courses, and week-long intensive courses.  

In addition to taking these core courses, it is expected that students enrolled in the Anglican Certificate Program will take part in weekly opportunities for Anglican formation throughout their course of study.  These opportunities include ongoing spiritual and theological reflection, regular worship, and prayer within the community of other Anglican Certificate students.

Episcopal students should know that the particular requirements for ordination are determined by their sponsoring bishop in consultation with the diocesan Commission on Ministry.  Applicants seeking ordination are required to secure the recommendation of their bishop.