As a seminary of the Episcopal Church, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale is characterized by its unique setting within YDS, commitment to academic excellence, and vibrant community life. When Episcopal students come to Yale to prepare for vocations in the lay and ordained ministries, they come to one of the world’s premier centers of theological learning.
Berkeley students undertake, in addition to their Yale degree, a Diploma or Certificate in Anglican Studies. The Diploma in Anglican Studies includes courses in the seven canonical areas mandated by the Episcopal Church, a three-year colloquium series on leadership, participation in the Annand Program for Spiritual Formation, and regular attendance at chapel services. Seminars, workshops, and class retreats focus on the acquisition of skills for the practice of ministry. Requirements for the diploma and certificate are listed in the BDS Advising Customary. In addition, the Berkeley Rule of Life outlines expectations for students’ spiritual formation, participation in community life, and personal integrity.
All M.Div. students must complete a year of supervised ministry in a parish, school, or other approved setting, or a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. Most dioceses of the Episcopal Church require both a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education and one or two years of supervised parish internship before ordination.
All admissions are administered through either YDS or the Institute of Sacred Music. Applicants interested in pursuing the program at Berkeley Divinity School should use one of these applications for admission, indicating their desire to enroll in the Berkeley Program. For further information, please contact the Director of Formation, Berkeley Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven CT 06511, telephone 203.432.9285, or visit the Web site.