Episcopal Colleges in California

Jul 18, 2019

You may find this overview helpful if you desire a degree at an Episcopalian institution. The programs, including tuition costs, at three institutions in California will be covered.

The Episcopalian faith and the related Anglican denomination share similar beliefs, such as the Book of Common Prayer. The three profiled institutions offer you the opportunity to earn a variety of degrees while exploring your faith.

School Comparison

You can utilize this chart to learn about the locations and tuition costs for the three institutions.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Tuition and Fees
Church Divinity School of the Pacific 4-year, Private not-for-profit Episcopal Berkeley, CA $17,660 (Graduate tuition; 2018-2019)*
Episcopal Theological School at Claremont Private Episcopal Claremont, CA $25,700 (Claremont Theological School master's tuition; 2018-2019)**
Saint Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Theological College Private Anglican San Francisco, CA Not Available

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School website

Overview of California Episcopal Colleges

Students can choose from a seminary and two theological schools. You can choose from degrees such as a certificate in Anglican studies, a Master in Divinity, or a doctoral degree in philosophy.

Church Divinity School of the Pacific

Church Divinity School of the Pacific is an Episcopal seminary that offers curricula that stress Christian service and leadership. You can attend traditional or distance learning classes. The school offers certificates in Anglican studies and theological studies. You can pursue master's degrees in divinity, theological studies, and the arts. The school also has a doctoral degree program in philosophy.

A unique feature of the school is the formation program, which is designed to develop your relationships with God and your community. You will meet with an advisor at least monthly to discuss your journey, participate in peer formation groups, and attend chapel. Worship services are held on Mondays through Thursdays, including morning prayer sessions and Community Eucharist sessions.

Episcopal Theological School at Claremont

The Episcopal Theological School at Claremont was initially a satellite program of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in the 1950s. The school was later taken over by the Diocese of Los Angeles, which then formed a partnership with the Claremont School of Theology. You can pursue a Master of Divinity through the Claremont School of Theology. This degree requires 72 credits for graduation and focuses on community involvement and faith. You will examine diversity within the faith, as well as that of other faiths. The program is designed to teach you how to lead not only with your faith, but also an understanding of the world around you.

Saint Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Theological College

Saint Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Theological College is affiliated with the Anglican Province of Christ the King. This province is a network of churches in the United States that are committed to promoting the Episcopalian faith. The college aims to revitalize Christianity in the western hemisphere by training young men who will serve the faith as priests.

The theological college has three educational tracks you can choose from: the Permanent Deaconate, the Regular Deaconate, and the Priesthood. You will need a bachelor's degree in order to pursue one of these educational tracks. Courses are offered via distance learning, as well as a summer session held each July. The curriculum includes training in areas such as scripture, the history of the church, and various worship sacraments. The training also includes a supervised internship at a local parish.

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