STB and STB to M.DIV. Program
The Bachelor of Sacred Theology (Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureus; STB) is a graduate-level, ecclesial degree in theology that is required for candidates seeking Holy Orders in the Open Catholic Church and may also be required by other ICSC jurisdictions for priesthood or diaconate ordination. Traditionally, the focus of the STB is more academic, while the M.Div. is more pastoral.
STOCS students are offered two STB-to-M.Div. options. The ordination track is a total of 83 units, the additional units focused on Sacramental Theology for sacerdotal ministry. The other is 72 units and is designed for chaplaincy and lay leadership. STOCS’ seminarians and lay students may complete the STB requirements entirely through STOCS online for an ecclesial degree or transfer up to 48 credits earned through STOCS to enroll in CST’s M.Div. program for the remaining 24 units needed for an accredited M.Div. degree.
For students who are planning to pursue professional employment in ministry or chaplaincy, the M.Div. is generally the “professional standard,” as the U.S. military, Veterans Administration and most healthcare agencies will require the accredited degree.
Students who are pursuing an accredited M.Div. must apply to the Claremont School of Theology. Upon approval of the students’ application, CST will allow STOCS students to petition to transfer up to 48 units towards CST’s M.Div. degree. A student may take courses through both schools concurrently.