Degree Programs

Christian Theological Seminary offers five graduate degree programs, three joint degree programs and one doctoral program with three areas of specialization.  These comprehensive degree programs provide professional and theological preparation for vocational callings ranging from ordination and lay ministry to professional careers in counseling and family therapy.

Master of Divinity
Designed to prepare students for: parish ministry; graduate study in theology or related disciplines; various types of chaplaincy; mission work at home and abroad; and other forms of church vocation. It is the basic theological degree in preparation for ordination.

Master of Arts in Multicultural Christian Education
A two year professional degree that integrates theological reflection, congregational studies, supervised field education and cross-cultural experiences for effective educational leadership in culturally diverse settings.  Designed for lay women and men who seek to work professionally in the church, and for those already engaged in ministry who wish to build upon their competencies.

Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Provides professional and theological preparation for pastoral counselors and pastoral care specialists. The MAMHC degree meets academic requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana and many other states.

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Provides theological and professional preparation in marriage and family therapy. The program is one of two accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  It is approved by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and the MAMFT degree meets State of Indiana academic requirements for licensing of marriage and family therapists.

Master of Theological Studies
For persons who want to undertake in-depth theological studies, leading to the writing of a thesis. This degree may serve as preparation for doctoral studies. 


Dual Degree Programs

Master of Divinity with Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

Master of Divinity with Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Master of Divinity with Master of Theological Studies

Masters of Divinity with Master of Arts in Multicultural Christian Education


The Hispanic Summer Program
The Hispanic Summer Program (HSP) is held each year at one of several seminaries that sponsor this intensive two-week program. Hispanic/Latino students and bilingual students who are interested in Hispanic ministries may enroll for a maximum of two courses per summer, for two credits each, toward a CTS degree. Instruction is in Spanish and English, covers a wide range of the theological curriculum, and focuses on the Hispanic/Latino church and Hispanic ministries within multicultural settings. Financial assistance for travel, housing, and tuition is provided by sponsoring institutions. For more information on course offerings and registration, please contact Matt Schlimgen.


Doctor of Ministry
The Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care program includes concentrations in:
  • supervised congregational ministry,
  • spiritual direction
  • clinical pastoral education (CPE)

The Doctor of Ministry in Mental Health Counseling program prepares pastoral mental health counselors for licensure.

The Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family Therapy program gives graduates eligibility for licensure.

Detailed information on each program described above can be found in the CTS Catalog.  We encourage applicants to become familiar with current program requirements before submitting an application for admission.