Diploma in Anglican Studies
The Diploma in Anglican Studies is a one year qualification designed to meet the needs of those seeking ordination in the Episcopal Church. Normally, students will have either completed a Master of Divinity in a non-Episcopal school or have initially studied for ordination with a diocesan school or program. The DAS is also especially suitable for clergy coming from another communion or for laity who want a foundational education in Anglican theology, spirituality, and polity. As part of the core of their formation, DAS students take up responsibilities for worship and preaching in the Seminary chapel. An Anglican studies year is a rare opportunity to combine classroom study of Anglicanism with living and praying within an Episcopal community, being formed by its ethos and spirituality.
Because our DAS students come with varied backgrounds in theological study and lay ministerial experience, the DAS is designed to provide the flexibility needed to meet diocesan requirements as well as student need interest. The program’s director works individually with students to plan their course of study, helping them get the very best from their program. Although individually tailored, typical classes most DAS students will take include: H3310 Anglican Studies, H3330 The Episcopal Church: Past and Present, L1310 Liturgy I: Worship and Theology, L2340 Liturgy II: The Prayer Book, its History and Use, and L3310 Liturgical Leadership in the Episcopal Church.
Field education is a vital component of all preparation for ordained ministry. The professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of Field Education works with DAS students to discern whether a structured field education experience should be part of the student’s DAS program. The Austin area has a broad range of parish field education opportunities that allow us to match student needs and strengths with a parish and supervisor that will best contribute to the student’s formation.
Opportunities exist for education, mandated by dioceses, in anti-racism, professional sexual ethics, “Safeguarding God’s Children” and “Title IV.”
This diploma is awarded to students who have successfully completed a minimum of 24 credits. Normally, this diploma is taken over one year of full-time study; however, students may extend their diploma to take further courses, over a longer period, if desired.
Prior to being awarded the diploma, a candidate must fully discharge all financial obligations to the seminary and all requirements must be completed within three calendar years from the date of entry into the program.
DAS Program Goals
Students who successfully complete the DAS program will be able to:
- Display an understanding of the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church, its biblical, theological and liturgical tradition, its history and moral theology, and practices of ministry and pastoral care.
- Apply knowledge of the Anglican tradition to bear on the challenges of the contemporary church and world.
- Exercise leadership in Anglican and Episcopal church communities and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, carrying out the ministry of healing and reconciliation.