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Experiential Education

Experiential Education & Field Studies Program

Be sure to contact Rev. Dr. Joanne Lindstrom (773-947-6335), Jean & Frank Mohr Director of Field Studies and Experiential Education, or Rev. David Watkins (773-947-6314), Associate Director of Field Studies and Experiential Education, for more information on potential Field Sites. They will help you find the perfect match! 

Pastors! Become a Field Placement Site! 

The Experiential Education and Field Studies Program is dedicated to providing students with a broad range of challenging field-based ministry experiences by combining classroom learning with unique placements. This integrated approach presents opportunities to reflect critically and theologically with the supervising mentor, the care of ministry site members / participants and their classroom cohort.

The program is designed to provide an integrative experience of study and reflection on the theology and practice of ministry. Students engaged in experiential education and field studies are in a process of spiritual, academic, personal, and professional formation while simultaneously developing, practicing, and refining the arts and skills of ministry. Ordinarily, students who are in good standing register for field studies upon the completion of nine units. Students must have completed the Boundaries Workshop prior to beginning Field Studies programs.


A two-semester indivisible field studies sequence is required of all Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.) students for graduation. One unit of credit is granted for each semester for a total of two credits. It is expected that all M.Div. and M.A.M. students will satisfy the requirement in one of three ways:

  • Participate in one year of ministry under supervision within an approved agency or parish setting while enrolled in MIN-404/MIN 405 Reflection on the Practice of Ministry; or
  • Receive transfer or equivalency credit from another accredited seminary or theological education program upon approval from the student's faculty advisor and consultation with the Field Education Director.
  • Persons currently engaged in full-time Christian ministry will enroll in MIN-404/MIN-405 Reflection on the Practice of Ministry and be assigned a mentoring pastor for reflection, guidance, and evaluation.


For more information about being ready for Field Studies, download the Placement Preparation Checklist

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At a Glance

Professional Boundaries Information

The Professional Boundaries Workshop must be taken by all Master of Divinity students prior to beginning Min 404/405 and the Field Studies Placement. Please refer to the Registrar's page for the...

Thinking about Enrolling in Field Studies?

Application, list of Field Sites, Guidelines, Checklist and Frequently Asked Questions.

Current Field Studies Student

Student responsibilities, tips for writing your Learning/Serving Covenant and other information.

Become a Field Placement Site

Ministry site information form and brochure.

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Academic Highlights

Students and faculty learning together in and out of the classroom.