Academics
With world-renowned teachers and alumni, CTS is the global leader in transformational religious studies. We offer several Masters and Doctoral degrees, including Masters in Divinity, Sacred Theology and Religious Leadership.
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Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity is a three-year program designed to prepare women and men to serve as transformative religious leaders in the church and society, often in an ordained capacity. This program combines critical reflection with real life application--emphasizing the idea of doing ministry and studying theology in the context of community--with consideration given to the wide and varied spectrums of history, culture, and theological perspective. The emphasis placed upon self awareness and the development of transferable leadership skills, also makes this degree appropriate for those preparing to serve in non-church and non-traditional ministry settings such as: health care facilities, human service organizations, governmental agencies, not-for-profit agencies, business and academic environments, community organizations, advocacy organizations, and in the public square.

Suggested Course of Study

Below is a suggested course of study (75 credits) for MDiv students, assuming full-time study.

Fall Spring
First Year
Interpreting the Hebrew Bible
Introduction to Pastoral Care
OR Introduction to Pastoral Theology (online only)
History of Christian Thought
Elective

Interpreting the Hebrew Bible II**
Theories of Change
Systematic Theology
Elective
Second Year
Interpreting the Gospels
Leadership & Ministry in Context
Field Education Placement*
Global Sensitivity in Ministry
Elective
Interpreting the Epistles**
Leadership & Ministry in Context
Field Education Placement*
Religion in America
Christian Ethics
Elective
Third Year
Constructive Theology
Ministry Elective***
Elective
Elective
Preaching/Worship
Theology Elective***
Elective
Elective

* Two Field Education placements required: 1) Field Placement taken i conjunction with Leadership & Ministry in Context & 2) CPE which may be taken for 1 elective credit
** A Bible elective may be taken in place of one of these
*** May be taken any term

Download the suggested course of study for use prior to Fall of 2011.

Learning Goals

Program Goals and Outcomes

Program Goals:

At the conclusion of the CTS MDiv program, a student will be able:
  • to engage in critical thinking based in mastery of foundational theological disciplines and methods of interpretation while demonstrating an ability to apply such knowledge critically to new challenges in ways that foster the increase of justice and mercy.
  • to make compassionate connection with others, especially those who inhabit different cultural contexts and those who are suffering in a world stratified by social and economic class.
  • to embody ethical-spiritual integrity in self while promoting it in others, as one develops an authentic embodiment of faith in life through spiritual practices, liturgies, beliefs and wisdom.
  • to undertake concrete strategic action that is spiritually grounded and value-rich to promote the increase of justice and mercy.

Learning Outcomes

1.Develop Critical Thinking
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Bible; knowledge of its history, tradition, and methods of interpretation; and the capacity to bring scriptural wisdom into critical engagement with current crises and opportunities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historical, systematic, and constructive theology, and the capacity to bring theological insight into critical engagement with current crises and opportunities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of multiple cultural contexts and capacity for critical theological reflection that takes contextual issues seriously.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to critically engage with at least one tradition other than Christianity.
2.  Cultivate compassionate connection
  • Engage and collaborate across lines of difference, privilege and power.
  • Demonstrate ability to offer quality pastoral care and wise ethical guidance to individuals and communities.
3.  Promote ethical-spiritual integrity.
  • Engage in sustained, critical, and effective theological and ethical reflection on the practice of ministry in the parish and other contexts.
  • Seek greater and greater coherence between one’s publicly stated beliefs and values and one’s personal and communal practices.

4.  Support concrete strategic action.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in written form, both interpersonally and publicly.
  • Demonstrate ability to identify and analyze social structures of oppression and to propose and implement strategies of change.

M.Div. Program Handbook [pdf]

Theological Field Education

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