The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program prepares people for ordained and lay ministries in churches and throughout society. As a course of study, the MDiv curriculum seeks to engage students with Christian faith and heritage and with the challenges of Christian ministry in the contemporary world. The curriculum gives students familiarity with the materials and methods of theological inquiry and reflection while helping them acquire competence for ministry in a rapidly changing world of diverse cultures and multifaith perspectives.
During the admissions process, students declare a status of full time traditional (three years), half time traditional, or distributive learning (five years). For those contemplating holy orders in the Episcopal Church and the wider Anglican Communion, the MDiv curriculum is designed to cooperate with canonical requirements and diocesan authorities. Faculty evaluations provide regular insight to diocesan authorities as well as to students about their experiences.
EDS also works actively with students of various denominations to fulfill their ordination requirements. Diocesan postulancy is not a prerequisite for Episcopalians for admission to the MDiv program. Students seeking ordination are responsible for contacting diocesan authorities at the appropriate times and keeping the school apprised of changes in status.