University description (as per official university website)
Seminary of the Southwest forms men and women for the service of Christ in lay or ordained ministry within the church and the larger society.
Southwest’s vision is to be a community for formation and leadership within the church supported by a strength of program, endowment, and environment that assures excellence in theological and pastoral education .
Our core values describe what we stand for and believe in.
- A hospitable community life that embraces diversity and ensures that
all voices are heard.
- A collaborative learning environment that values each student's
expertise, promotes mutual inquiry, and builds on structured common
- Spiritual formation in the Anglican tradition that nourishes a rule
of life rooted in worship, prayer, study, creativity, and service.
- Preparation for ministry through rigorous study in the seven
canonical disciplines and the practice of justice.
- Multi-cultural and global awareness and competence acquired
primarily through the Hispanic experience in the Southwest, as well as
engagement with World Christianity.
- Mission orientation and passion for living and sharing the gospel of
Jesus Christ in word and deed with those outside the church.
- Development of effective servant leaders who practice integrity and
who are advocates for ministries that transform lives.
The primary commitment of Seminary of the Southwest is to our students growth in the knowledge and love of God as witnessed to in Holy Scripture, the Creeds, and in the universal and ecumenical traditions of the Church through the ages. Our purpose is to foster Christian ministers who are faithful, imaginative, and skilled. Four educational principles underlie our curriculum, involving worship and prayer, knowledge of Scripture and the Christian tradition, reconciliation, and leadership.
Degrees and Diplomas offered:
* Master of Divinity
* Master of Arts in Religion
* Master of Arts in Chaplaincy & Pastoral Counseling
* Master of Arts in Counseling
* Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation
* Diploma in Anglican Studies
* Diploma in Theological Studies
Requirements for Admission
* An undergraduate degree is generally required for admission to a degree program, although exceptions are sometimes granted in extraordinary cases
* Official transcripts of all college, graduate, and professional courses
* A spiritual autobiography
* Letters of Recommendation/Reference (number varies by degree program)
* Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores (waived if you hold an earned graduate degree)
* Interview with the Admissions Committee
* For Episcopal MDiv or DAS applicants pursuing Holy Orders, a letter of postulancy or letter of acknowledgement from your bishop (see catalog for full explanation of seminary policy)