Degree Programs

Christian Theological Seminary offers four graduate degree programs, three joint degree programs, and two doctoral programs. 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
Reinvented for fall semester 2015 to prepare students for the demands of modern pastoral life and faithful community leadership, including in parish ministry, many types of chaplaincy, agencies and nonprofits, for-profit social enterprises, mission work at home and abroad, further study in theology or related disciplines, and other forms of church and service-based vocations. It is the basic theological degree in preparation for ordination. All CTS MDiv students have the option of taking classes on the Indianapolis campus or in other cities. See below for details.

OPEN Network pathway through Master of Divinity
All MDiv students can take advantage of a new way to acquire CTS’ forward-thinking MDiv by immersing themselves in studies with CTS’ esteemed faculty in Indianapolis plus brilliant practitioners and thought leaders at sessions all over the U.S. This approach was developed in partnership with the OPEN network for students who want a CTS MDiv but cannot relocate to Indianapolis. Like all CTS students, OPEN students may qualify for scholarships.

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Provides professional preparation for students from diverse backgrounds to practice counseling, care, and psychotherapy in a multicultural and pluralistic society with individuals, couples, groups and families. 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 people who want to undertake in-depth theological studies, culminating in writing a thesis. This degree is excellent preparation for doctoral studies.

Doctor of Ministry 
The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree program at CTS is an advanced course of study for those engaged in professional ministry broadly understood.  The program provides leaders with an opportunity to integrate their experience in ministry with advanced academic study and develop new skills for more effective ministry.

PhD in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric 
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric develops and prepares practitioner-scholars to be deeply connected to the church and also to the academy (though not necessarily via tenure-track, full-time professorial positions). Practitioner-scholars engage in scholarship from the perspective of their location in ministry, applying PhD-level research and analysis to  African American preaching and other practices of sacred rhetoric. 

Dual Degree Programs
Master of Divinity with Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Divinity with Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Master of Divinity with Master of Theological Studies 

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.

Lifelong Learners and Certification Students
If you are interested in taking classes at CTS without pursuing a full academic degree, click here for classes designed for Lifelong Learners. Click here if you are interested in earning a Certification.