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CTS is a school devoted to both academic rigor and open dialogue. Our heritage inspires us to seek truth wherever it may be found, creating a diverse conversation driven by the best in modern theological scholarship.

Master of Divinity

Are you eager to serve the church and the world in ways that are transformative? The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree prepares our graduates for multiple kinds of ministry and community leadership.

CTS has re-imagined the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program to meet the urgent need for leaders formed in faith, who are prepared to address the educational, social, economic and technological shifts in theology and the church. Traditional M.Div. programs were structured around three academic disciplines: theology, bible and history. CTS’ new M.Div. program is built on the five practices of ministry, anticipating what pastors and community leaders actually do: inspire, lead, serve, love and live—with the academic disciplines woven into each practice. With this restructured degree come changing degree requirements (72 credit hours), flexible course formats (including weeklong intensives and hybrids of online and on-campus classes), and an emphasis on community life, cohort learning and supervised ministry experiences. 

These changes will be phased in over four years, starting in fall semester 2015. Current students will work with the Academic Dean and Dean of Students to chart a course that is best for each student.

At the heart of the M.Div. curriculum is our faculty. They are passionate about teaching. You will find spiritually engaged instructors who bring concrete faith issues into the classroom, along with creative learning strategies that engage and challenge. They are committed to helping each student achieve his or her personal best and are readily available outside the classroom. They hold this same standard of excellence for themselves: their scholarship is recognized across the nation and around the world.

Unique to CTS is the intentional diversity of the classroom experience. Students, faculty and staff represent a wide variety of denominations, races, cultures, ethnicities, and theological perspectives. We believe that the interaction created by such diversity enriches every area of instruction, providing a deepened understanding of people and ministry—the best preparation possible for serving today’s church and world.

• All students receive two years of field education experience. The second year is not simply a repeat of the first year, but engages an advanced course of study.

• Students may use their second year of field education to participate in Clinical Pastoral Education. We assist students in applying for CPE and are conveniently located near two major CPE sites: St. Vincent Hospitals and Indiana University Health Hospitals.

• During the course of their education, all students participate in a cross-cultural experience. This may be done through coursework, through participation in a local community agency or institution, or through international or national travel. In addition, CTS offers a variety of cross-cultural events, such as the annual Jewish-Christian Dialogue, which students are encouraged to attend.

• Students may elect to study for one semester at the United Theological College West Indies (Jamaica). CTS also welcomes students from around the globe.

• An intentional, campus-wide anti-racism/pro-reconciliation program engages faculty, students and staff in fostering a culture of respect and understanding designed to be taken beyond seminary walls.

• Students can take advantage of our extensive counseling program and center, either by taking additional classes, applying for a joint M.Div./counseling degree, or availing themselves of low cost counseling services.