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« Reply #15: April 23, 2011, 02:42:33 pm »

What does one do with an M. Div degree?  or rather, what does one do with an M. Div that can't be done with a different Master's degree?

I am currently going to Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA for an M.Div degree. I'm looking to do hospital/hospice chaplaincy for a living, so that necessitates the degree, because the hospital CPE programs require you to either be working towards an M.Div, or have one already. And, as much as I would love to do things with Cherry Hill Seminary, I need to have a degree from an accredited school, so...

M.Div is more focused on the active side of ministry: working with people, spiritual counseling, working with the dying, etc. The school I go to is nominally Christian, but has a very diverse student body (including a significant population of pagans). For me, going to seminary will help me understand the other faiths I don't know about, since I know I'll be ministering to *anyone* who comes my way. I also do quite a lot of interfaith work.


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« Reply #16: April 24, 2011, 09:04:01 pm »

Has anyone here who follows a non-Abrahamic faith/religion/deity chosen to attend divinity school or get any kind of theology degree? Have you thought about it? Has it ever appealed to you?

I am seriously considering getting a degree in Theology and Religious Studies. Depending on how Christian oriented it is I may go for the Theology degree that is specifically aimed at those heading into pastoral ministry etc. I would like to be become a legal minister, and atm I can't actually find any information on what that entails. I sincerely doubt it's as simple as it is in the US, but even if it was, training is absolutely invaluable. The thought of "ministers" running around doing counselling without the most basic grasp of ethics or, just, no. It would also probably open up a lot of work to me, outwith my desire to actually be a priest.


As has been said, the Divinity degrees focus more on the practical side, the active side. They run on the theory that you want to go into ministry, pastoral counselling, voluntary work, that kind of thing. Regular Masters degrees run on the idea that you're looking at religion from a more academic POV.

http://www.gla.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/theologyreligiousstudies/
Compares the Master of Arts and the Bachelor of Divinity (both undergraduate, don't be fooled) degrees somewhat.
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