Sacred Heart School of Theology

Master of Divinity

Seminarians in the Master of Divinity Program are sponsored by dioceses and religious communities throughout the United States, Canada and other foreign countries.

The program has four components: human formation, spiritual formation, intellectual formation, and pastoral formation. It is designed to respect the differences in each person’s life and experience. An undergraduate degree is required for the Master of Divinity degree, although candidates with a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits can be admitted to the Certificate in Priestly Formation Program. Both the degree and certificate programs normally require four years of theological studies.

An individualized program of studies and spiritual and human formation can be designed for those candidates who enter the Priestly Formation Program as permanent deacons or who have been in religious life.

Information regarding Sacred Heart programs follows. For more information and a catalog containing program and tuition details, contact the director of recruitment (414) 529-6984, or e-mail him at


Admission to the Master of Divinity Program requires sponsorship by a diocese or religious community. Such sponsorship means acceptance of the student as a potential candidate for ordination to the priesthood in the sponsoring diocese or community.

Application for admission will be considered by the admissions board when it receives the required documentation. Details are in the catalog.


Sacred Heart awards a Master of Divinity degree upon completion of specified spiritual and human formation requirements, 124 credit hours and a cumulative QPA above 2.5 in Sacred Heart courses. Details are in the catalog.


Tuition payment is arranged with the sponsoring diocese or religious community. Details regarding tuition are in the catalog.

Spiritual and Human Formation

Spiritual and human formation concentrates on a candidate’s personal relationship with God and the expression of that relationship with others. Seminarians meet regularly with their spiritual director and spiritual advisor. Their prayer life is both private and communal with daily Eucharist at the center of it. The sacrament of Reconciliation, days of recollection, retreats, prayer in Spanish, and rector’s conferences are all part of the spiritual and human formation program. Find more information in the catalog.

Intellectual Formation

Theological studies immerse seminarians in the richness of the Catholic tradition and the wide range of experiences and insights of the believing community today. Their personal understanding of the Christian message is challenged and deepened, and they are guided to frame and communicate an authentic Christian message which will respond genuinely to the needs of the modern world.Class size is limited to permit personal exchange. An extensive theological library is available on campus.

The following is a list of the required core courses. Find more detailed information in the catalog.

Scripture Studies

  • Scriptural Foundations
  • Pentateuch and Historical Books
  • Prophetic Books
  • Psalms and Wisdom Literature
  • Synoptic Gospels and Acts of the Apostles
  • Pauline Literature
  • Gospel of John and Catholic Epistles

Church History

  • History of Church Universal I
  • History of Church Universal II
  • American Catholic Church
  • or Canadian Catholic Church or appropriate substitute

Systematic Studies

  • Catechetics and Evangelization
  • Fundamental Theology
  • Eschatology and the Human Person
  • Ecclesiology, Mary and Mission
  • Patrology and Patristic Theology
  • God: One and Three
  • Christology
  • Liturgy and Sacramentology
  • Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation
  • Sacraments of Pastoral Activity: Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Marriage
  • Holy Orders and Spirituality of the Priesthood
  • Fundamental Moral Theology
  • Medical -Moral Ethics
  • Sexual Morality
  • Social Ethics
  • Foundations of Christian Spirituality
  • Theory and Practice of Spiritual Direction

Pastoral Studies

  • Pastoral Care and Counseling I
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling II
  • Introduction to Canonical Studies
  • Canon Law of Marriage
  • Fundamental Preaching
  • Preaching the Word of God
  • Preaching Practicum
  • Deacon in the Liturgy
  • Liturgical Presiding

In addition to the above courses, 10 credits of electives are required. Two credits must be in a course that expands students’ cultural awareness beyond their own culture.


  • Science and Religion
  • Historical Jesus
  • Qumran and Christian Origins
  • The Book of Revelations and Apocalytic Literature
  • Book of Genesis
  • Sacred Heart: Devotion and Doctrine
  • Psychology and Religious Experience
  • Biblical Greek I & II
  • Biblical Hebrew I & II
  • Ecclestical Latin I & II
  • Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations
  • World Religions: Diversity and Dialogue
  • Contemporary Moral Issues
  • Transitions in the Adult Life Style
  • Priest as Vocational Agent
  • Practical Priestly Parish Practice
  • Parish Management
  • Transitions in the Adult Life Cycle

Though many electives are listed, offerings per semester are limited to four or five options along with one in philosophy and three or four from the Hispanic Studies area.

Pastoral Formation

Sacred Heart’s pastoral formation (field education) program seeks to form future priests in the model of Christ the Good Shepherd. Complimenting the formation of a genuinely pastoral heart, the program cultivates the development of an array of pastoral skills needed to serve as good shepherds of God's people. Pastoral formation is accomplished through instruction, immersion in pastoral settings and theological reflection on pastoral experiences.

Pastoral formation prerequisite courses consist of

  • Introduction to Pastoral Formation
  • Introduction to Parochial Activities

The required pastoral experiences are as follows.

  • Summer Ministry I
  • Christian Formation or Pastoral Outreach
  • Summer Ministry II
  • Theological Reflection
  • Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Integrating Seminar

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