Master of Divinity

Master of Divinity

75 Credit hours

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree prepares our graduates for multiple kinds of ministry and community leadership, including parish ministry, many types of chaplaincy, and non-profit and for-profit service-based environments. The MDiv is the degree most often required for ordination and excellent preparation for ministry.

We understand you can’t put your life on pause to complete your Master of Divinity. Thanks to new remote learning technology and our redesigned MDiv, you no longer have to. Our MDiv program now offers remote learning options for completing classes without eliminating the traditional in-person classroom experience. Students can complete the required credit hours at their own pace with minimal on-site intensive days. We’re bringing CTS to you – allowing you to be here from there.

Program Highlights
  • Low residency, high quality design
  • Classroom technology ensures remote learning is just as valuable and viable as in person attendance, creating an equitable experience from anywhere with an internet connection
  • Consistent course offerings and individualized degree mapping allows students to complete required credit hours at their own pace
  • Variety of learning formats, with emphasis on community life, peer learning, and supervised ministry experiences
  • One year of field experience through supervised ministry
  • Ministerial formation component provides opportunity for theological reflection and vocational discernment
  • Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited school
Program Requirements

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Supervised Ministry

At CTS, your Master of Divinity degree includes one year of service in the field through Supervised Ministry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the CTS MDiv sufficiently prepare me to meet the requirements of ordination in my denomination/church?

Yes, CTS is committed to helping students meet the requirements for ordination established by their denominations and churches. If you have specific questions about the requirements, we encourage you to talk with the Dean.

Will I be expected to do reading and assignments before the start of an intensive course?

The weekend intensive format limits course work to six weeks, plus one additional week to finish final assignments as needed. The week-long intensive format typically involves some reading and writing assignments prior to the face-to-face week-long meeting. The professor teaching the course determines the syllabus.

How much time should I expect to spend on a three-credit hour course?

You should expect to spend approximately 135 hours per three-credit hour course. This includes class time, reading, writing, research, off-site or immersion experiences, study groups, face-to-face meetings with the professor, etc.

What support does CTS provide for technology assistance?

In addition to orientation and training for faculty and students, we have created two new teaching assistant positions for online learning. Online Teaching Assistants are available to help you with new technologies.

How can Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) fit into the CTS MDiv?

Students may use a second year of Field Education / Supervised Ministry to participate in Clinical Pastoral Education. See the Director of Supervised Ministry for more information.

What counseling resources are available for MDiv students?

All students can take advantage of our extensive counseling program and center by taking classes, applying for a dual degree MDiv/counseling, and/or availing themselves to low-cost counseling services.

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