Master of Divinity Requirements

CTS is launching a reinvented Master of Divinity for fall semester 2015. More information about it will be available here soon. If you are a prospective student and would like to know more now, please contact Brenda Freije, Director of Networking and Recruitment, at or call the Office of Student Services at 800-585-0117.

The Master of Divinity degree requires 84 semester hours of required and elective courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5.

Required studies include:
Field I: Bible (12 hours)
Field II: History of Global Christianity (9 hours)
Field III: Systematic and Philosophical Theology (9 hours)
Field IV: Christianity and Culture (6 hours)
Field V: Pastoral Theology and Psychology (3 hours)
Field VI: Christian Ministries (17 or 21 hours)
Theology Elective (3 hours)
Interfield Courses (4 hours)
General Electives (20 or 24 hours)

Each student will work in a teaching congregation under the supervision of the CTS Field Education Department and register for the two Supervised Concurrent Field Education (SCOFE) courses. An additional year of SCOFE is required for students who do not choose to complete a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).

Cross-Cultural Requirement
Each student must participate in a cross-cultural experience, chosen in consultation with the director of cross-cultural and international programs. The seminary regularly organizes experiences, courses and trips which may be counted toward the cross-cultural requirement.

Denomination Electives
Christian Theological Seminary offers special courses required for ordination by several denominations, including the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, the American Baptist Churches, USA, and the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Most of these courses count toward graduation as general electives; a few count as field-specific electives.

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