About the Episcopal Divinity School
Founded in 1974, the Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) is an Episcopal seminary grounded in the Anglican tradition and committed to forging relationships with Christian and other faith traditions.
The school aims to educate lay and ordained ministers to serve as leaders for God’s mission of justice, compassion, and reconciliation. Theological education at the Episcopal Divinity School cultivates a combination of intellectual, spiritual, and professional development of men and women for the ministry.
Episcopal Divinity School is a product of the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge combined with the Philadelphia Divinity School.
The Episcopal Divinity School is an 8-acre campus located near Harvard Square, close to some of the best theological schools and universities in the world.
Tuition and Fees
Please check directly with the school for current tuition and fees schedule.
Areas of Study
The Episcopal Divinity School offers certificates and degrees, including:
- Certificates in Theological Study
- Masters in Divinity
- Masters of Arts in Theological Studies
- Doctorate in Divinity
The Episcopal Divinity School offers a variety of learning options for those pursuing a seminary education, including distributive education and commuter options.
Students take a number of courses in the seven canonical areas of theological study required for ordination in the Episcopal Church including:
- Church History
- Theory and Practice of Ministry
- Studies in Contemporary Society
The school is in consortium with the Boston Theological Institute, Harvard Divinity School, and Lesley University, which allows for cross registration.
Approximately 100 students attend the Episcopal Divinity School from mostly the United States (New England area), with a number of commuter students. However, there are some international students as well.
Clubs and Activities
Community activities on campus are centered on worship, such as daily chapel services and discussion. However, there are also many student groups, including the Student Executive Board and Admissions.
- Starting in 1941, the Episcopal Divinity School became the first Episcopal seminary school to hire a woman as a faculty member
- The Episcopal Divinity School was the first Episcopal seminary to incorporate historical analysis of the Holy Scriptures into its curriculum
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