For many, but not all, Master of Divinity (M.Div.) students, the degree is part of an ordination candidacy and/or licensure process. Trinity’s M.Div. degree meets the requirements for candidates of Word and Sacrament in the ELCA. It also meets the requirements for ordination for many other denominations. In recent years, Capital has had candidates for ordination from the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), Disciples of Christ, and Baptist Church, among other traditions. The seminary’s Candidacy Coordinator works with students and their denominational judicatories and home congregations to ensure students are adequately prepared for their ordination processes.
Additionally, the M.Div. degree is a necessary prerequisite for Board Certification in chaplaincy, which is required by hospitals and prisons for staff chaplain positions.