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Diploma in Anglican Studies

The Diploma in Anglican Studies is a one-year, 24 credit hour program 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 tradition 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 provides 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 coordinator works individually with students to plan their course of study, helping them get the very best from their program.

DAS Program Goals

Graduates of the Diploma in Anglican Studies program
at Seminary of the Southwest will display integral formation
in these three areas:

  • Being: 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.
  • Knowing: Apply knowledge of the Anglican tradition to bear on the challenges of the contemporary church and world.
  • Doing: Exercise leadership in Christ Chapel.

Seminary of the Southwest is proud to offer generous financial support for students preparing for ordained ministry.  Most students in the DAS program are eligible for a tuition grant covering 100% of tuition costs for the one year of study.  Additionally, the Pastoral Leadership Initiative provides generous grants to cover housing, health insurance, and other expenses during your enrollment.  Finally, our merit-based Texas Pauli Murray Scholarship provides awards of up to $20,000 a year for students from historically excluded racial groups to lift up the next generation of leaders for the church.  Speak to an enrollment manager to learn more.  


Discerning students are encouraged to use the links provided below to schedule a visit or to speak directly with one of Southwest’s enrollment managers.




Beth Jordan, Enrollment Manager
[email protected]

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Please click here to read Southwest’s admission policy in the 2021-22 Course Catalog.

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