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Diploma in Anglican Studies

Across the Episcopal Church, lay leaders, clergy and aspirants to ordained ministry are seeking new kinds of training to lead a new kind of church. The Bexley Seabury Federation Program in Anglican Studies offers a wide range of accessible options for leaders from all walks of life at its campuses in Columbus, Chicago, and online. In choosing from a variety of intensive and semester-long courses, students can design a program of study that suits their needs, interests and schedule.

Our program provides students with a firm foundation in Anglican theology, ethics, spirituality and liturgy and also offer innovative opportunities to study topics like ecumenism, interreligious relations, community organizing, congregational leadership and practical theology that students need to lead the 21st century church. All courses are conducted at the masters' or doctoral level, are taught by highly qualified and experienced faculty, and are open to lay leaders, clergy and those preparing for ordination. Financial aid is available.

Course Formats

Hybrid-intensive learning:  These courses use an internet-based learning platform, combined with intensive in-class sessions conveniently scheduled:

  • During fall and spring:  each course meets in the classroom three times per term, from Friday early afternoon to Saturday late afternoon approximately once a month.  Preparation and follow-up work is done online weekly, and can be fitted to any schedule. Online work includes reading, discussions, audio and video class-related materials, focused wikis, and more.
  • During January and June:  each course meets for five consecutive days in the classroom (Monday-Friday).  Before and after these intensive sessions, students engage in preparation and follow-up work online weekly, fitted to any schedule.

These courses are ideal for:

  • Students studying part-time, not living near an Episcopal seminary, or pursuing an MDiv at a seminary in another tradition;
  • Those seeking particular focus in Anglican Studies while preparing for ministry under the direction of their bishop and diocese;
  • Persons seeking deeper understanding of the Anglican tradition and contemporary Episcopal Church.


Weekly classroom format:  courses take place during the week on campus, with preparation and follow-up work online or in study groups as well as at home.  These courses are offered in the fall and spring terms, and are generally held at Bexley in Columbus, Ohio.

These courses are ideal for

  • Students studying full-time;
  • Those seeking particular focus in Anglican Studies while preparing for ministry under the direction of their bishop and diocese;
  • Those who want the experience of living in a residential community of theological education and formation for a semester or more;
  • Those seeking deeper understanding of the Anglican tradition and contemporary Episcopal Church.

Participants may take as many or as few courses as they wish.  Those who complete all requirements—the equivalent of one year of full-time seminary study—are eligible for the Diploma in Anglican Studies.

Over the course of two years, most classes are offered in both formats. Find current and upcoming courses.



To be eligible for the Diploma in Anglican Studies, students must complete the following requirements:


Spiritual formation is integral to the Bexley Seabury curriculum.

Required courses

Anglican Spirituality and Ethos
Anglican Theology and Ethics
Anglican and Episcopal History
Anglican Liturgy and Music:  Theology and Practice
Anglican Liturgy and Music: Development and Theology
Canon Law (online, non-for-credit seminar)

Total: 15 credit hours

Area requirements

In addition to the required courses above, students must meet these area requirements:

1 course in ecumenism, interreligious relations, or global Anglican Communion
Examples: Ecumenism; Scriptural Reasoning; Interreligious Relations; Contemporary Issues in the Anglican Communion

1 course in Congregational Mission and Leadership
Examples: Congregations in the 21st Century; Community Organizing; Making Mission Possible in Tough Times; something on use of Scripture

1 course in practical theology
Examples:  Homiletics; Pastoral Offices; Human Sexuality and Pastoral Care; something on use of Scripture

1 course in history or theology
Examples:  Christ and Atonement; Theology and Practice of Authority; Topics in Anglican Theology

Total: 12 credit hours 

All courses and activities include a demonstrable multi-cultural orientation and content. Students may not use any of the required courses to satisfy the area requirements.


Learn more about how to apply.