Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology

For further program details and course descriptions, see the Graduate Catalogue »

General Approach
The M.Div. curriculum consists of four components:

  • Coursework
  • Field Education and Theological Reflection
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Comprehensive Projects

All students must take the 2-credit STHO 6022 Graduate Research Seminar in the first semester of study.

Matriculation Requirements
M.Div. students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The M.Div. program should be completed within six years (exclusive of any Philosophy or Pre-Theology requirements) unless extension of time is granted upon petition to the ICSST Educational Policy Committee due to extenuating circumstances.

Coursework (74 credits)

    1. Biblical Studies (12 credits)
    2. Historical Studies (6 credits)
    3. Moral Theology (6 credits)
    4. Pastoral Theology (27 credits)
    5. Systematic Theology (23 credits)

Field Education and Theological Reflection
All students must complete the equivalent of 12 credits of pastoral field education accompanied by participation in a minimum of 10 sessions (two semesters) in a theological reflection group. Students preparing for priestly ordination meet these requirements during their second and third years of studies by taking PTHO 6602, 6603, 6604 and 6605 (which, together with PTHO 6601 and  6608/9 make up a six-course pastoral sequence for priesthood). Students who are not preparing for priesthood, in consultation with the Office of the Associate Dean, can fulfill the requirements for pastoral field education and theological reflection in other ways, including:

  1. four semesters of supervised field education experience of six to eight hours weekly at an approved site;
  2. two such semesters and an internship of at least five days per week for at least six weeks; or
  3. clinical pastoral education.
ICSST must approve the proposed method of complying with the field education requirement.

Spiritual Formation
ICSST provides an integrated spiritual formation program for resident seminarians enrolled in the M.Div. program, based on the vision of Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortation Pastores Dabo Vobis. The program includes: daily celebration of the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours; a weekly group formational program, which includes distinguished speakers; a structure of regular personal mentoring and spiritual direction; days of reflection and organized retreats; and participation in a summer program of enhanced spiritual formation after I and III Theology, in conjunction with the International Institute for Clergy Formation (Seton Hall University) and the Institute for Priestly Formation (Creighton University). Resident students are regularly reviewed and assessed by the formation faculty. Non-resident seminarians usually participate in the formation programs of their own communities, though they are welcome to avail themselves of formational opportunities at ICSST as may be beneficial to them. Students who are not preparing for priesthood participate in the formation program outlined under Spiritual Formation of the M.A.P.M. degree program.
Note: 2010 was the last year seminarians finishing III Theology attended the International Institute for Clergy Formation. The Institute closed in January 2013.

M.Div. Comprehensive Projects
Students must demonstrate successful integration of theological knowledge with application to specific pastoral issues. Students preparing for priestly ordination fulfill this requirement through a series of written comprehensive projects, which are part of the six-course pastoral sequence for priesthood (PTHO 6601, 6602, 6603, 6604, 6605 and 6608/9). Students who are not preparing for priesthood fulfill this requirement through a seminar and M.Div. comprehensive project in consultation with the associate dean. Copies of the M.Div. project are submitted to the ICSST Library.

Reverend Robert K. Suszko, M.B.A., M.Div.
Vice Rector and Business Manager

(973) 761-9552

Reverend Renato J. Bautista, M.Div.
Director of Formation

(973) 275-5891 

Reverend Christopher M. Ciccarino, S.S.L., S.T.D.
Associate Dean

(973) 761-9576


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