School of Theology

Preparing leaders for a changing world.

You deserve the best training to step into your calling. That’s why our theology programs are intellectually rigorous, spiritually formative, and emotionally supportive. We recognize that today’s leaders have to be poised to adapt to a rapidly changing landscape and ready to serve in diverse settings, so we prepare our students with diverse course offerings taught by world class faculty.

In a world where the inherent worth and dignity of all people is challenged, we form leaders to proclaim God’s liberative, restorative, and life-affirming message. If you are called to be that kind of leader, join us – pursue your graduate degree at the CTS School of Theology.

Application Deadlines

Fall Applications Due by: June 15th
Fall Deadline Extended to July 31st!
Spring Applications Due by: November 15th

School of Theology Degrees & Programs

Masters Degree Programs
Master of Divinity
Master of Divinity - Classroom Conversation

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Master of Theological Studies
Master of Theological Studies - Conversation with Rev. Dr. Saler

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

Doctoral Degree Programs
Doctor of Ministry
Doctor of Ministry - Rev. Dr. Seay teaching a classroom of CTS students

Doctor of Ministry Degree (DMin)

PhD in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric
PhD in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric - Rev. Dr. Buggs talking with a student

PhD in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric

Non-Degree Programs

Certificate Programs
Certificate Programs - Students having a classroom conversation.

Certificate Programs

Lifelong Learning
Lifelong Learning - Students having a conversation around the table.

Lifelong Learning

Interested in other CTS Degrees and Programs?

Whether you’re looking for an advanced degree, interested in auditing an individual course, or passionate about lifelong learning, we have a program for you. Return to our Academics page to view our other degrees by clicking here.

School of Theology Faculty

Our theology faculty share core commitments to justice, liberation, and God’s healing of the world. They share the belief that theology is for the enrichment of our common life together, and that all understandings of God and humanity that oppose “life abundant” must themselves be opposed. Racial, gender, and environmental justice are key theological priorities for our shared deliberation. Our faculty is committed to student well-being and to excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service.

President, Professor of Theological Formation
Interim Dean of the Faculty, Associate Professor of Theology and Culture, Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Excellence and the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program
Indiana Christian Church Associate Professor of New Testament, Director of the Master of Divinity Program
Courtney Buggs headshot
Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Assistant Director of the PhD in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric Program
Herald B. Monroe Professor of Leadership and Ministry Studies
Associate Professor of Theology, Director of the Master of Theological Studies Program
Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible
William G. Irwin Associate Professor of Church History, Director of Library and Information Services, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program
Frank A. Thomas headshot
Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics, Director of the PhD in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric Program
Basic Calendar

2023-24 CTS Academic Calendar (Basic) Download

2022-23 CTS Academic Calendar (Basic) Download

Detailed Calendar

2022-23 CTS Academic Calendar (Detailed) Download

2021-22 CTS Academic Calendar (Detailed) Download

Spring Schedule

Spring 2023 CTS Course Schedule Download

Summer Schedule

Summer 2023 CTS Course Schedule Download

Fall Schedule

Fall 2023 CTS Course Schedule Download

Fall 2022 CTS Course Schedule Download

Course Catalog 2022-2023 Download

Course Catalog 2020-2021 Download

Course Catalog 2021-2022 Download

Course Catalog 2019-2020 Download

Please note that students can access the most up to date versions here on Populi.

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MTS degree can be completed fully online

PhD in African American Preaching
and Sacred Rhetoric

is the

1st and only

PhD program of its kind in the world


persistence to graduation rate for DMin students
(more than twice the average for ATS-accredited programs)

Student to Faculty ratio
of CTS students receive financial aid
in financial aid dispersed annually