In preparation for the MDiv and MASJE Internship degree program requirement, and MAPSC CPE degree program requirement, students must complete the following prerequisites:
- At least 24 credits of coursework
- IST 1100 Identity, Power, and Vocation in Community (6 credits)
- First Year Interdisciplinary Course (4 credits)
- Background Check through the Office of Professional Formation
The Office of Professional Formation highly recommends students prepare for Internship and CPE as follows:
- Reduce your regular course load if possible to make space for the intensive nature of Internship and CPE.
- MDiv students seeking ordination are encouraged to complete applicable denominational polity, mission, history, preaching, and/or liturgy courses in preparation for Internship when possible.
- MDiv and MASJE students are encouraged to take IST 2080 Practical Theology prior to Internship.
- MAPSC students are encouraged to take at least one pastoral care course prior to entering CPE. In particular, IST 2012 Pastoral Theology and Care is highly recommended.
IST 1100 Identity, Power, and Vocation in Community (IPVC): The three course sequence cultivates students' ability to engage in social and theological analysis about social structures, ideologies, and embodied practices that lead to domination or oppression. It facilitates critical thinking about social locations, power and privilege, and what effect these have on students' vocational paths. The course takes the perspective that this sort of analysis, engaged in community and supported with spiritual practices, is crucial to serving effectively in today’s complex social environment. It encourages students to deepen their commitment to dismantling privilege and oppression at individual, institutional, and societal levels. 6 credits.
Because Identity, Power, and Vocation in Community depends on building an intentional community of learners to reach its learning outcomes, students will stay in the same section with the same instructor throughout the academic year. Students must pass all three consecutive quarters (Fall, Winter, and Spring) within a single academic year with the same instructor and cohort in order to complete the required credits for Identity, Power, and Vocation in Community (with passing at graduate level being a C or above). Exceptions to this policy for students with extenuating life circumstances may be approved by the Dean. Extenuating circumstances typically include a death of a loved one, an unforeseen medical emergency of the student or immediate family member, students with granted ADA accommodations, or other substantive changes.
Students may request to take this course pass/fail during the first week of the Fall quarter by emailing the instructor and do not need to provide a justification for their request.
First Year Interdisciplinary Course: This course is team-taught and will introduce students to terminology, reading of primary texts, and how to write academic papers, as well as expose them to the complexity and significance of theological reflection. The course must be taken within the student's first 40 credit hours. 4 credits.