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Q + A’s

Q + A’s

Who can I talk to for help?
You are welcome to contact Recruitment and Admissions at any time with your questions or concerns! Our office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30-noon, and 1:00-4:30. You may also reach us via email: student services@cts.edu or by telephone at 317-931-2300 (local) or toll-free at 1-800-585-0117. We are glad to work with you on becoming a part of his community.
Besides the application form, what else do I need to complete the
application process?
1. Your resume

2. Your personal statement: This statement is a vital part of your application! The Admissions Committee gets to know you based on this statement. In 4-5 double spaced pages you should describe the formative influences on your life: your values and your sense of religious vocation. Reflect on these influences. How have particular ideas, people, events, family of origin, theatre, works of art, church relationships, etc. aided you in the discernment process? This statement should express your reasons for seeking seminary education, what you hope to gain from such an education and what you feel you might contribute to seminary life. Email your personal statement in Word or PDF format to studentservices@cts.edu OR mail your personal statement to:

CTS/Recruitment and Admissions
1000 W. 42nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208

3. Four Reference Letters (forms provided by CTS here: Reference Letter Form) if you have attended college level classes or completed a degree program within the last five years, one reference must be from an academic source familiar with your work during that program. Contact your references and have them mail their letters to CTS Recruitment and Admissions. Email references will be accepted only when a mailed hard copy is received within two weeks of the email reference. Faxed references are also acceptable (317) 937-9233. DO NOT use family members, spouses, or partners as references.

4. A baccalaureate or its educational equivalent certified on complete and official transcripts, as well as official transcripts of ALL courses and grades from all other colleges or universities you have attended. Even if you have credits that were transferred from one school to another school and are listed as having been accepted, CTS still requires the official transcript from the school in which those transferred credits were originally earned. Transcripts must bear the original seal and signature of the registrar and must be sent directly from the institution to CTS. The bachelor’s or master’s degree must be from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association. Superior students whose college is not regionally accredited may be considered for conditional admission.

5. All applicants are required to schedule an interview with Recruitment and Admissions. This interview will take place only after the application, personal statement and transcripts are received. Our office serves as your advocate to the Admissions Committee.

NOTE: Applicants to the Master of Theological Studies degree program are also required to schedule an appointment with the Director of the MTS Program.

NOTE: If you are applying for the Master of Divinity degree program, you must supply a letter of recognition and acknowledgement from the denominational body responsible for ordination (such as your Region, Synod, District, Conference or Presbytery). This is called a judicatory letter.

NOTE: If English is NOT your primary language, you must submit a TOEFL exam score.

6. Last, but not least, you need to submit two passport size (2″x2″) photos and a the application fee.

Where do I find out about Financial Aid?
Most information can be found within the Financial Aid section. Of special interest may be Tuition + Fees, CTS Scholarships, and the Pastoral Excellence Scholarship.
What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?
Visit the Standards Satisfactory Academic Progress page for an explanation. For more detailed information, you can always call our Student Services Manager at 317-931-2318.
How do I audit a class or enroll as a nondegree student?
Nondegree and audit information can be found in the Nondegree Programs section.
What is the deadline for applying to the MDiv and MTS degree programs?
June 1 for the fall semester and November 15 for the spring semester.
What are the deadlines for applying to the counseling degree programs?
The deadlines for completing the application process are February 15 for the Fall Semester, and October 15 for the Spring Semester. These deadlines apply to the following degree programs: Master of Arts in Marriage + Family Therapy, Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling, Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Marriage + Family Therapy, Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling. NOTE: “Completing the process” means having all forms and documents (application form, resume, personal statement, official transcripts, reference letters, photos and fee) in the Recruitment and Admissions Office by the deadline date. Waiting until the last minute to submit your application, may delay your matriculation.
Why are the counseling application deadlines in February and October?
When your application to a counseling degree program is submitted to the Admissions Committee, selected applicants will be invited to participate in a group interview process with the counseling faculty. This group interview is a mandatory part of the application process.

The group counseling interviews are held in March and November. Following this interview, a final group of counseling program applicants will be selected for admission to the counseling programs for the next semester.

If I am accepted into one of the counseling degree programs, why must I receive therapy?
All students are expected to receive psychotherapy during their program. Weekly personal therapy is a prerequisite for practicum admission. Personal therapy with a gifted clinician assists student therapists in working through problem areas in their own lives that may adversely affect clients and their own participation in an emotionally challenging training program; it provides a unique training experience that helps students understand the process of exploring the depth and interrelationship of systemic and intrapsychic features of human life.
How do I get my CTS transcript?
Contact the Registrar’s Office.