Certificate in Episcopal Studies

The Episcopal Studies Certificate program is designed to equip Master of Divinity (MDiv) students for ministry in the Episcopal Church and the broader Anglican Communion. Its centerpiece is a weekly session that integrates theological thinking with real-life ministry: students engage in collegial reflection on their work in carefully-supervised parish placements with faculty, supervisors, and each other. This weekly "Episcopal Contextual Education" is enriched by the celebration of the Eucharist and the preparation of the proper Scripture lessons appointed for the week. Episcopal/Anglican formation also includes ecumenical education in general theological studies; special academic work concentrating in liturgical studies, theology in the Anglican tradition, and worship from the Book of Common Prayer; and regular training in the spiritual practices of the priesthood. All the academic courses in the program are open to any student at Candler, and the Wednesday 5:30 p.m. Solemn Evensong and Holy Eucharist in Cannon Chapel is open to to the entire Emory community.

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Certificate in Episcopal Studies

The Certificate in Denominational Studies: Episcopal Studies enables Master of Divinity (MDiv) students seeking ordination in the Episcopal Church or another church in the Anglican Communion to certify their preparation for ordination. Participation in the certificate program requires that a student be a postulant or have the written permission of his or her bishop; it requires the following 30 hours of class work as part of the MDiv degree:


Placement/Integrative Seminar

Biblical Languages

While biblical languages are not required for the Episcopal Studies Certificate program, some study of Hebrew and/or Greek is usually required for ordination. Many students enroll in intensive summer courses, which are taught at Candler, Columbia Theological Seminary, and other seminaries, before beginning the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program.

Enrolling in the Episcopal Studies Certificate Program

Those wishing to enroll for the Episcopal Studies Certificate must first be accepted and registered for classes in Candler's Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program, plus be a postulant under the supervision of a bishop or obtain the written permission of a bishop (students should consult with a bishop before applying to Candler). Apply online to Candler, or visit the admissions page for more information. Contact the Director of Episcopal Studies for help with any part of the application and enrollment process.