Regulations Relating to the M.Div. Program

Mid-Program Review
Field Education
Course Load
Waivers and Substitutions
Alterations to the M.Div. Curriculum
Alternative UUA M.Div. Curriculum

Student Learning Assessment (SLA)

All Master of Divinity students, concurrently with their degree programs, must participate in a co-curricular, non-credit, mandatory Student Learning Assessment Program (“SLA Program”). The SLA Program’s purpose is to help students to track their progress toward meeting these goals through reflection, mentoring, and intentionality. The SLA Program also helps the School to learn about the impact the degree program has on students as the School assesses its own effectiveness.

Students in the MDiv program collect documents into a “Portfolio” over the course of their studies that provides evidence of their progress in the degree. They meet with their advisors for two Candidacy Reviews, one at the 1/3 mark, and one at the 2/3 mark, for reflection and mentoring. Candidacy Review I focuses on planning for the future. Candidacy Review II focuses on reflection and connection beyond the School. Students are responsible for maintaining their Portfolios, arranging Candidacy Reviews, and submitting documentation to the Registrar.

In order to graduate, students must complete Candidacy Review I, Candidacy Review II, submit all related documents, and submit a full copy of the Student Learning Portfolio.

Guidelines and more specific requirements for the SLA Program may be found in the Andover Newton Catalogue, or on the Registrar's web page.

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Field Education

The Field Education experience helps students integrate their academic experience with skills for the practice of ministry. M.Div. students must begin this requirement in the first 45 credit hours of their program; M.A.R.E. students must begin it in the first 30 credit hours.

Students' Field Education is supervised through weekly on-campus practica with experienced church leaders and weekly sessions in the field with trained supervisors. Written reflections form the basis for supervision. Each setting establishes a teaching parish or agency committee that meets regularly with the student. The Director of Field Education and others involved in the program also are available for advice, consultation, and on-site visits. The Director and students work closely in a consultative and advisory relationship.

About 65 settings, mostly local congregations, serve as Teaching Parishes and approved field placements with one to three students in each setting. Students also have access to other field experiences through the Boston Theological Institute.

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Course Load

Students may not register for more than 15 credits per semester without approval from their academic advisors or the M.Div. Director.

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Waivers/Substitutions

Students are responsible for meeting all M.Div. degree requirements, unless waivers and substitutions are approved on a Waiver and Substitution Form before taking an alternative course. Students must see the appropriate department chair when seeking

  • waivers for requirements
  • substitution of BTI courses (or courses to be taken elsewhere) for ANTS required courses
  • substitutions for departmental distribution requirements.

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Alterations to the M.Div. Curriculum

A student wishing to fulfill the Renewal Area requirement by completing a BTI Certificate should consult with her or his advisor.

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Alternative UUA M.Div. Curriculum

An alternative M.Div. curriculum is available for Unitarian Universalist students. Students desiring to be under that special curriculum may pick up copies in the Registrar's office and must indicate their intent to follow the UUA curriculum to the Registrar in writing.

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Updated May 11, 2007