Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
Are you eager to serve the church and the world in ways that are transformative? The Master of Divinity or M.Div. degree prepares our graduates for multiple kinds of ministry and community leadership.The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program at CTS meets 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. CTS’ 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 (theology, Bible, history) woven into each practice. The degree requires 72 credit hours, offers flexible course formats (including intensives, classes with online components and traditional 14-week courses), 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.