Immaculate Conception Seminary is a House of Formation for the Roman Catholic priesthood and the School of Theology of Seton Hall University.
As a House of Formation, the Seminary offers men preparing for the priesthood the personal, academic, ministerial and spiritual formation essential for their conversion to Jesus Christ and for their commitment to a life of service to the Church.
As a School of Theology, the Seminary provides: a theological and philosophical foundation for men and women pursuing undergraduate studies; a theological foundation and a pastoral and spiritual formation for men and women preparing for ministries among the people of God; a theological foundation for men and women desiring to pursue doctoral studies; and varied opportunities for continuing theological education.
Approved by the Board of Overseers – June 2, 2008
Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of
Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following
degree programs are approved:
The Commission contact information is:
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Telephone: (412) 788-6505
Fax: (412-) 788-6510
Statement of Educational Effectiveness
For over 150 years, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology has been committed to proclaiming the Gospel of Christ by providing the highest quality theological and pastoral education for those preparing for the Roman Catholic priesthood or for the apostolate as vowed religious, as well as for service by deacons and lay men and women in the Church today. Through ongoing spectrum review of outcome assessments on the part of our faculty, administration, and students, ICSST continues to refine our programs so that our students achieve the outcomes of the degrees in which they are enrolled and can undertake effective ministry and Christian witness in the twenty-first century.
Degree Completion Rates
M.Div. – The Master of Divinity degree is generally pursued by seminarians preparing for priestly ordination. Depending on one’s prior studies, the degree can take from four to six years of full-time study. The pastoral formation requirements of some dioceses and religious communities separate from ICSST may extend this time frame still further.
- M.Div = 124 credits
- M.Div + Pre-theology program = 169 credits
M.A.P.M. – The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry is generally pursued by lay and religious who intend on engaging in full-time apostolate within an ecclesial institution. As many students who pursue this degree are already working in service to the Church, they tend to pursue this degree part-time.
M.A. – The Master of Arts in Theology is an academic degree with concentrations in Biblical Studies, Moral Theology, Church History, Judeo-Christian Studies, or Systematic Theology. It is offered in either a “terminal” option (for those who do not foresee additional studies) or a “research” option (for those who may pursue doctoral studies). Most students who pursue this degree do so part-time.
- M.A. = 36 credits for Moral Theology, Church History, Systematic Theology, Biblical Studies* and Judeo-Christian Studies
*Additional language preparation is required for those enrolled in Biblical Studies.
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