University of Dubuque

Degree Program Requirements

Course Requirements


Residency Requirements 
In addition to the semester-hour and course requirements listed above, M.Div. students are required to:

  • complete at least 28 hours in residency at U.D.T.S.
  • complete a minimum of 18 hours of classroom courses taught by U.D.T.S. faculty members, with at least six of those hours in each of the three divisions of the curriculum. Core courses may be counted toward this part of the residency requirement.

Denominational Requirements
In addition to the above degree program requirements, M.Div. students may be required by their denomination to meet further criteria in order to qualify for ordination.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) requires that candidates for Minister of the Word and Sacrament pass examinations on Bible content, theological competence, worship and sacraments, church polity, and Bible exegesis. Presbyterian students are subject to the requirements of the current Presbyterian Book of Order, Part II, Ordination, Certification, and Commissioning, G-14.0400. While the entire M.Div. curriculum prepares students for these exams, the following courses in particular are recommended for Presbyterian students: HT615D Presbyterian History and Confessions; MN555D The Polity and Program of the Presbyterian Church (USA); MN709 Worship in the Reformed Tradition; and HT775D The Theology of John Calvin.

Courses in Biblical Greek and Hebrew are required by the denomination, as well as exegetical courses in each of those languages. These language and exegesis requirements will ordinarily be met through the following courses:

  • BI 400/500 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
  • BI 424/624 Old Testament Hebrew Exegesis 
  • BI 402/502 Introduction to New Testament Greek
  • BI 657 Introduction to New Testament Greek Exegesis

The Greek language requirement may also be met through the Summer Language Program of the Schools of Theology in Dubuque .

Some presbyteries may require additional courses of their candidates, such as Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E.) Presbyterian students are urged to remain in close contact with their presbytery's Committee on Preparation for Ministry (C.P.M.) in order to be aware of such additional requirements. To facilitate the student's relationship with his or her committee the student's transcripts and evaluations may be released to the committee at the committee's request. The Director of Field Education administers ordination examinations required by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and advises students in their relationship with their CPMs.

For more information about opportunities for Presbyterians, please see the description of Westminster Tables in the Special Programs and Services section.

United Methodists are required to study the history, doctrine and polity of the United Methodist Church. These requirements are met through the following courses:

  • HT 521D United Methodist Studies : History
  • HT 553D United Methodist Studies : Doctrine
  • MN 553D United Methodist Studies : Polity

United Methodist students also need to fulfill any additional requirements specified by their annual conferences. For more information about opportunities for United Methodist, please see the description of the Wesley Table in the Special Programs and Services section.

Students of other denominations are required to consult with the dean to determine how the requirements of their denomination may be met at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Polity courses for denominations other than the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the United Methodist Church , or the United Church of Christ may be scheduled by special arrangement. For more information about other opportunities please see the Gathering Of Other Denominations (GOOD) Table in the Special Programs and Services section.