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Diploma in Anglican Studies

Across the Episcopal Church, lay leaders, clergy and aspirants to ordained ministry are seeking new kinds of training to lead a new kind of church. The Bexley Seabury Anglican Studies program offers a wide range of accessible options for leaders from all walks of life. Choosing from a variety of weekend and week-long intensive  courses, students can design a program of study that suits their needs, interests and schedule.

Our program provides students with a firm foundation in Anglican theology, ethics, spirituality, and liturgy and also offer innovative opportunities to study topics like ecumenism, interreligious relations, community organizing, congregational leadership, and practical theology that students need to lead the 21st century church. All courses are conducted at the masters' or doctoral level, are taught by highly qualified and experienced faculty. Courses are open to lay leaders, clergy and those preparing for ordination. Financial aid is available.

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Bexley Seabury's Anglican Studies program is ideal for:

  • Students studying part-time or pursuing an MDiv at a seminary in another tradition;
  • Those seeking particular focus in Anglican Studies while preparing for ministry under the direction of their bishop and diocese;
  • Persons seeking deeper understanding of the Anglican tradition and contemporary Episcopal Church.

Participants may take as many or as few courses as they wish.  Those who complete all requirements—the equivalent of one year of full-time seminary study—are eligible for the Diploma in Anglican Studies.

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To be eligible for the Diploma in Anglican Studies, students must complete the following requirements:


Spiritual formation is integral to the Bexley Seabury curriculum.

Required courses

Anglican Spirituality and Ethos
Anglican Theology and Ethics
Anglican and Episcopal History
Anglican Liturgy and Music:  Theology and Practice
Anglican Liturgy and Music: Development and Theology
Canon Law (online, non-for-credit seminar)

Total: 15 credit hours

Area requirements

In addition to the required courses above, students must meet these area requirements:

1 course in ecumenism, interreligious relations, or global Anglican Communion
Examples: Ecumenism; Scriptural Reasoning; Interreligious Relations; Contemporary Issues in the Anglican Communion

1 course in Congregational Mission and Leadership
Examples: Congregations in the 21st Century; Community Organizing; Making Mission Possible in Tough Times; something on use of Scripture

1 course in practical theology
Examples:  Homiletics; Pastoral Offices; Human Sexuality and Pastoral Care; something on use of Scripture

1 course in history or theology
Examples:  Christ and Atonement; Theology and Practice of Authority; Topics in Anglican Theology

Total: 12 credit hours 

All courses and activities include a demonstrable multi-cultural orientation and content. Students may not use any of the required courses to satisfy the area requirements.


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