Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the MDiv
Will the CTS MDiv sufficient for 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 as it has been for many years. If you have specific questions about the requirements, we strongly encourage you to talk with the Dean.
What is the OPEN MDiv?
CTS and OPEN Network have partnered to create a new way to acquire an MDiv which does not require relocation. You can immerse yourself in studies with CTS’ esteemed faculty in Indianapolis plus brilliant practitioners and though leaders at sessions throughout the U.S., including Brian McLaren, Amy Butler, Monica Coleman, Peter Rollins, Jaime Clark-Soles, Barry Taylor, Jacqui Lewis, Doug Pagitt, Philip Clayton, Laura Truax, Tony Jones, and Frank Thomas
I am interested in a dual degree. How are the MDiv and the counseling degree requirements integrated?
Balancing classes for a dual degree can be complicated, but there are degree worksheets for dual degree students that help you in navigating this process.
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 Weeklong 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. Other seminaries and graduate schools of CTS’ caliber require a similar amount of work per course.
Professors reflect on courses once they are completed and often make changes based on class experience, student feedback, emerging thought and practice in a particular area, and new opportunities for ministry.
How do the Gateway courses work?
The Gateway classes introduce students to some of the fundamental aspects of theological education before they moving fully into the Practice courses that are at the heart of the MDiv curriculum.
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. Our ‘Online Teaching Assistants’ are available to help you with new technologies. Also, Alan Rhoda is the seminary’s Systems and Academic Technology Librarian. He works closely with the seminary’s IT provider, BITS.
If you have issues with technology in a course, please reach out to the OTAs, to Alan (firstname.lastname@example.org), or to BITS (email@example.com) directly.
What is The Discipleship Project?
CTS accepts 12 students into The Discipleship Program each year. Each receives full tuition at CTS—paid for the three years of the M.Div program—and a $12,000 yearly stipend. Other benefits include:
- A cohort of support throughout the M.Div program
- Learning best practices around healthy peer groups that will last throughout the long arc of a career in ministry
- Hands on experiences with creative ministries and community efforts to widen the pastoral imagination
- One extensive field trip; past locations have included Ireland, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and civil rights sites in Alabama.
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 (CPE). WE assist students in applying for CPE and are conveniently located near two major CPE sites: St. Vincent Hospitals and Indiana University Health Hospitals.
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 of low-cost counseling services.
Where do I go to get my additional questions answered?
For prospective students: please click here to contact our Admissions team.
For current students: Your faculty advisor is a logical stop for questions relating to all things academic, but any professor can help you with questions about the seminary. The Dean’s office is also a logical stop. The Dean’s Office (Academic Dean and Dean of Students) is responsible for academic life at CTS, and they stand ready to help work through any particular issues that arise.