Bexley Seabury offers a range of theological education programs at the graduate level, with most courses in these programs open to non-program students for academic credit, continuing education units, or for enrichment.

Master of Divinity Degree (M.Div.): a post baccalaureate professional graduate degree for students preparing for ordained ministry within the Episcopal church. This program is also available for students preparing for other forms of ministry for which a Master of Divinity is required or desirable (e.g., chaplaincy). For full time students, this degree normally takes three years to complete the required 81 credits. Learn More…

Diploma in Anglican Studies (D.A.S.): a post baccalaureate graduate-level diploma for students who wish to focus study on the history, theology, ethics, spirituality and ethos, liturgy and canons of the Anglican/Episcopal church in diverse cultural and congregational contexts. This program is open to students who may be working toward or have earned an M.Div. degree in a non-Episcopal seminary, and to those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the Anglican/Episcopal tradition. The diploma normally takes one or two years to complete the 27 required credits. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 12 credits in foundational requirements. Learn More…

Doctor of Ministry Degree (D.Min.): an advanced level graduate degree for ministry professionals who hold an M.Div. degree (or educational equivalent) and who seek to enhance their understanding of ministerial theory and their ministerial practice. Bexley Seabury offers two D.Min. degrees that are oriented toward particular ministerial competencies: The D.Min. in Preaching and the D.Min. in Congregational Development. Learn more…

Learning and Curricular Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

Each of Bexley Seabury’s academic programs will enable participants to

  • articulate the relations between religious tradition or heritage and contemporary experience and context in critical and constructive ways.
  • respond effectively and respectfully to diverse cultural contexts.
  • strengthen their knowledge and skill as leaders in ministry among God’s people within and outside the church.

Curricular Outcomes

Each of BSSF’s educational programs will enable participants to

  • engage in theological reflection on responsible life in faith.
  • know the living tradition of Christian faith as richly diverse.
  • recognize and respond to racism and other forms of oppression and exclusion in their personal and institutional manifestations.
  • think theologically about assumptions, biases, and knowledge about themselves and others.
  • develop knowledge and skills for leadership in the missional church.
  • contribute to a learning community characterized by dialogue, mutual respect, and appreciation of diverse views.
  • listen, read, and write effectively in order to contribute to the life of the church.
  • be knowledgeable and effective leaders of worship in their communities of faith.

The Master of Divinity and Anglican Studies programs will also enable participants to

  • articulate their own beliefs as part of the Anglican tradition.
  • be conversant with a variety of contexts and their perspectives across global Anglicanism.

The Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development program will enable participants to

  • explore in a disciplined manner the dynamics, contexts, and organizational structures of a religious congregation.
  • use social and cultural analysis in their studies.
  • develop ministry approaches that enable them to be more effective as leaders of vital and healthy religious congregations and communities.

The Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program will enable participants to

  • develop preaching styles conversant with diverse cultural communities.
  • enhance their hermeneutical and rhetorical skills.

Assessment of Student Learning and Program Effectiveness

Bexley Seabury engages in a continuous and regular program of assessment of student learning and program effectiveness. The purpose of this program is to evaluate how we are measuring up to our stated goals and how well students are achieving desired learning outcomes; to identify gaps and implement changes which will allow us to close those gaps; and to alter our goals and outcomes in light of changing educational and vocational needs of our students. We also conduct assessment in order to keep our various constituencies well informed of our progress, thus engaging them in the ongoing mission of the seminary. Our aim is to provide the highest possible quality of education, formation, and enrichment for all participants in our program offerings. Learn More…


Bexley Seabury is authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to offer its graduate programs and is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.