The Andover Newton Seminary Diploma Program

What does the church need from clergy, and what do our clergy need to fulfill those purposes? These guiding questions have shaped Andover Newton’s curricular innovations from the seminary’s very beginnings. Of all the dimensions of Andover Newton’s heritage of which its constituents are proud, the school’s history of adaptation to the changing needs of the church rank high. Having created what became the gold standard in post-graduate theological education, the three-year Master of Divinity; and having introduced the idea of academic credit for mentored ministry, in the forms of Field Education and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE); Andover Newton’s history of innovation is part of its very identity. Today is no different.    In May 2018, the Yale Divinity School (YDS) faculty approved an educational program through which YDS Master of Divinity candidates can earn Andover Newton diplomas concurrently with their degrees. The new program resulted from a year-long process, funded in-part by an Innovations grant from the Association of Theological Schools, of gathering and analyzing vast amounts of input from stakeholders and constituents. Participants in that study provided insights on the knowledge, dispositions, and skills most important for effective ministry today.   YDS provides theological education in an ecumenical setacting, with a broad array of student goals in mind. Embedded in its world-class research university, YDS also offers opportunities for students to take courses across the university and experience the resources Yale offers. Andover Newton provides specific focus for students on ministry in locally-governed faith communities, enhancing the breadth of YDS with in-depth learning for aspiring clergy. Together, these two historic institutions provide MDiv students focused on ministry in congregations with a theological education that is broad, deep, and up-to-date.   YDS’s MDiv program already offers the essential components of theological education, along with flexibility students can use to tailor programs to their goals. Andover Newton’s diploma program (see below), overlaid on the YDS MDiv, provides students with structure that helps them to use that flexibility to meet specific professional preparation needs. 

The Andover Newton Diploma Within the YDS MDiv

  • A year-long general congregational leadership Colloquium: Ministers in the Making
  • A half-year long Colloquium on leading Bible study
  • A half-year long Colloquium on building community through worship
  • Emmaus Encounters: Building Community on the Road
  • Clinical Pastoral Education
  • A pre-CPE integrative, preparatory seminar
  • Supervised Ministry in a congregation
  • Introduction to Pastoral Care
  • 4.5 credits at the Yale School of Management (see a list of approved courses below)
  • Weekly Bible study and worship together as a community
  • Involvement in Andover Newton’s mission partnerships and celebrations

Clinical Pastoral Education, Border-Crossing, and field education in congregations are all hallmarks of Andover Newton’s historic MDiv that have been transplanted to New Haven with the School. New to the educational model is a requirement that students learn theory for management and leadership: Andover Newton diploma-earners take at least two courses in the Yale School of Management. This requirement resulted from convincing feedback from flourishing ministers interviewed and surveyed, who indicated that a changing ministry landscape requires them to function as nonprofit executive directors as well as pastors.    Andover Newton’s faculty assesses student achievement with the following competencies in mind:  

  1. an integrated understanding of theology, ministry, human nature, and life’s meaning
  2. value for, and ability to build, community
  3. compassion for others and care for justice in the community
  4. ability to listen and to read group dynamics
  5. effective communal and ministerial managers and leaders
  6. a deep and cultivated Christian faith

Students apply to YDS’s MDiv Program as a first step.    The Christian church itself is a study in adaptation. From the Pentecost onward, the church has thrived in part due to its capacity to read the needs of the communities in which it was taking root. An adaptation to a new educational time, where the world needs a school that offers top-notch academic training and thoughtful ministerial formation, is Andover Newton’s way of contributing to that Gospel truth: God makes all things new.    The Inaugural Group of Andover Newton Seminary Fellows

*The inaugural group of Andover Newton Fellows is pictured above. Andover Newton Fellows participate regularly in the life of Andover Newton, providing a diverse range of role models, and potential mentors for our students. Read more about the Fellows here.

Recommended courses at the Yale School of Management (SOM)

The following courses in the School of Management are ones that have relevance to faith community
leadership, are open to cross-registrants, and do not carry business prerequisites. See for full descriptions. Fall and Spring courses are full semester courses. Half courses have the designation of “1” or “2” after Fall and Spring, signifying in
which part of the semester – the first or last six weeks – courses take place. A 2-credit course at the
SOM earns a YDS student 1.5 credits. A 4-credit course earns a YDS student 3 credits.
1. Brooks MGT 503: Everyday Leadership Spring (offered through Yale Law School)
2. Chevalier MGT 527: Nonprofit Strategy Fall
3. Brooks (Fall) Tate (Spring) MGT 531: Interpersonal Dynamics Fall, Spring
4. Dana MGT 532: Business Ethics Fall 2, Spring 2
5. Cooney MGT 536: Urban Poverty and Economic Development Fall
6. Biasi MGT 537: Inequality and Social Mobility Fall 2
7. Chance MGT 538: Mastering Influence & Persuasion Fall 1
8. Reich MGT 553: Strategic Communication Spring 2
9. Shin MGT 559: Marketing Strategy Fall 1
10. Chahine MGT 612: Social Entrepreneurship Lab Fall
11. Cooney MGT 621: Managing Social Enterprises Spring 1
12. Sonnenfeld MGT 623: Strategic Leadership Across Sectors Spring
13. Braverman MGT 629: Ethical Choices in Public Leadership Fall
14. Cooney et al MGT 632: Housing CT: Developing Healthy/Sustainable Neighborhoods Fall
15. Chahine MGT 637: Social Innovation Starter Fall
16. McFadden MGT 646: Start-up Founder Practicum Fall, Spring
17. Kovacs MGT 665: Principles of Entrepreneurship Spring 2
18. Wasserstein MGT 674: Leading Small and Medium Enterprises Spring 2
19. Rock MGT 675: Designing Brand Strategy Spring 1
20. Owens MGT 678: Managing Inequality in Organizations (draft title) Spring 2
21. Duguay MGT 801: Impact Measurement/Fin. Reporting in Social Sector Spring 1
22. Jensen MGT 823: Insurance and Finance for the Poor Fall 2
23. Cooney MGT 826: Inclusive Economic Development Lab: Special Topics Spring
24. Feinstein MGT 828: Creativity and Innovation Spring 2
25. Biggerstaff MGT 832: Leadership Lab Spring 1
26. Kraus MGT 833: Power & Politics Spring 2
27. Abaluck MGT 837: Policy Design Fall
28. Snyder MGT 840: Stakeholders, Management, and Capitalism Fall-2
29. Small MGT 864: Behavior Science and Social Good Spring 1
30. Sheldon MGT 865: Global Social Entrepreneurship Spring
31. Chevalier/MacLean MGT 867: Modern Philanthropy: Perspectives and Challenges Fall
32. Wasserstein MGT 874: Patterns in Entrepreneurship Spring 2
33. Fujikawa MGT 875: Service Management Spring 1
34. Cain (Fall) Cusimano (Spring) MGT 887: Negotiation Fall 2, Spring 1
35. Katic MGT 893: Nonmarket Strategy Spring 2