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Master of Divinity Requirements

Requirements: The Master of Divinity degree requires 72 semester hours (SH) of required and elective courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Students have six years in which to complete the Master of Divinity degree unless an extension for special circumstances is granted by the Academic Council.

Gateway Courses (15 hours)

To be taken in the first two years of a student’s M.Div. studies.

____Gateway to Theological Education and Spiritual Formation
____Gateway to the Practice of Interpreting the Bible
____Gateway to the Practice of Interpreting Christian Tradition
____Gateway to the Practice of Theological Reflection
____Gateway to the Practice of Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Practices (45 hours)
Three courses for each practice, selected from designated course offerings.

INSPIRE: Worship, Preaching and Interpreting the Christian Faith – (9 hours)
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LEAD: Leading and Guiding Organizational Life (9 hours)
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SERVE: Leading and Guiding Opportunities for Mission (9 hours)
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LOVE: Caring for the Community (9 hours)
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LIVE: Living and Modeling a Life-Giving Faith (9hours)
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Students completing Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) may apply the 6 credit hours in one of the following ways: (a) 3 hours in the LOVE practice area and 3 hours in the LIVE practice area; (b) 3 hours in either the LOVE or LIVE practice area and 3 hours in Other Course Offerings; or (c) all six hours in Other Course Offerings.

Other Course Offerings (9 hours)
These credit hours may be selected from among those designated under The Practices or from other course offerings.
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Supervised Ministry Internship (1 hour)
Students will serve in a one-year Supervised Ministry Internship. Ministry sites will include a range of opportunities—congregations, denominational and judicatory settings, and community agencies—and provide students with a breadth and depth of experience in the particularities of that ministry site and its context.

Those pursuing ordination should consult their ordaining body to determine if additional years of Supervised Ministry are required.

Cohort learning (2 hours)
Students will participate in a cohort group every semester at CTS.

Total Credit Hours: 72 hours