The Anglican Studies Program

Purpose: CRCDS, in collaboration with Bexley Hall Seabury Western Federation and 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 from Bexley Seabury.

This unique partnership offers students preparing for ministry in the Episcopal Church with the extraordinary opportunity to combine the outstanding ecumenical theological education available at CRCDS with a strong, traditional program in Anglican studies and formation through Bexley Seabury.
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 six (6) courses taken over the duration of a student’s M.Div. program at CRCDS. These courses fulfill the canonical requirements for pre-ordination education as stipulated in the Canons of the Episcopal Church USA and fit within the eight (8) electives available to students enrolled in the M.Div. program at CRCDS. Areas of study will include the following:

  • Anglican Spirituality and Ethos
  • Anglican Theology and Ethics
  • Anglican and Episcopal History
  • Anglican Liturgy and Music (2 courses)
  • Canon Law (online)

Course Delivery: Students enrolling in the certificate program may access courses in a variety of ways, including online, hybrid courses (half online and half in either Chicago or Columbus), one-week intensives in January or June, or courses taught by CRCDS faculty associates/Bexley Seabury faculty on the CRCDS campus. More information about Bexley Seabury may be found online at this link.

Spiritual Formation: The program also offers opportunities for Anglican formation in the form of daily offices, regular Eucharist, and ongoing spiritual and theological reflection throughout the student’s course of study.