CTS Online
Now you don’t have to come here to go here. CTS offers many of its world class courses and degree programs online. Same great teachers. Same great student dialogue. Only now online.

Prospective Students

You don't have to come here to go here. CTS online offerings provide flexibility and allow any student, regardless of location, to study with us.

These online courses are rigorous and learner-centered, continuing our commitment to preparation of religious leaders in a diverse and online world. Through CTS online courses, you can learn from and with CTS' world-class faculty and students from all walks of life. Online students are always welcome to incorporate on-campus courses and to join the community in person. CTS invites you to craft a program of study that works for you.

Students who are interested in pursuing Masters or Non-Degree Programs at CTS can take advantage of the online options listed below:

Degree Programs Coursework Other Requirements
MDiv Up to 100% online Field Ed., & CPE in your location
MA Up to 100% online None
MARL Up to 2/3 online Field Ed. in your location
STM Up to 50% online None


Non-Degree Programs Coursework Other Requirements
Certificate Up to 100% online None
Student at Large Up to 100% online None
Distance Scholar Up to 100% online None


Setting Expectations

The online education team at CTS strives to offer a high quality and easy-to-access educational experience to every learner. We also strive to provide the best technical support that we can to address any technical issues you may experience. But at the same time, a certain amount of knowledge and a high degree of commitment is expected on your part. To succeed at CTS online you will need to 1) understand the demands of high quality graduate-level education; 2) possess basic computer literacy; 3) understand the difference between face-to-face and online communication.
  1. Graduate-level education: Interwoven into all of the CTS degree programs is a deep commitment to the rigorous study of religion and theology, a profound appreciation for diversity and inclusion, and the belief that a multivocal and multidisciplinary approach to graduate theological education is essential for today's world. In keeping with these philosophies, our online courses require your focus, dedication, and contribution. Although CTS online courses provide a significant degree of flexibility, to succeed with a CTS theological education, students should expect to dedicate at least 9-12 hours per week to each CTS online course in which they enroll. CTS online courses are designed to be fully beneficial when you demonstrate:
    • Active and timely participation to online discussions
    • Timely and thorough completion of reading and other learning materials
    • The ability to produce high-quality papers and other learning outputs.
  2. Know your computing environment: Are you a PC or a Mac user? What version of the operating system are you using? What internet browser do you mainly use? Is your computer equipped with an up to date word processor? Do you know how to download files and software programs onto your computer? If you're able to answer these questions right away, you're ready to jump right into our online learning environment.

    But don't worry! If you can't answer these questions, our CTS Online Orientation experience, along with our ongoing tech support, will help you get ready.

    In order to get the most out of the CTS Online experience, your computing environment should minimally meet the requirements described at the bottom of this page.
  3. Online interactions are different: When compared to in-person, real-time conversations, online interactions are qualitatively different in many ways. A substantial part of interactions in our online learning environment occur asynchronously (that is, 'at different times'). Online learning is a change from the more familiar face-to-face experience. You may need a little time (at least initially) to adjust yourself to the amount and quality of electronic communication and collaboration demanded by CTS online courses. And occasionally, you may need to learn to use a communication technology that is completely new to you. But you will quickly notice that electronic communication actually works in favor of your busy schedule, enabling you to learn anywhere, anytime. This may mean:
    • Your discussion posts ignite discourse that spans a few minutes to a few days.
    • Student responses will reflect a deeper level of thought than a casual in-person conversation.
    • You have more time to digest the learning materials provided by the course instructor and the contributions made by your colleagues.

Technical requirements: What will I need for online courses at CTS?

Just about any computer that can connect to and browse the Internet will work for online learning. For the best possible experience, use a PC or MAC computer with the following specifications:

  • Mac: OS X 10.5 or higher, 450MHz PowerPC G3 processor or higher recommended
  • PC: Windows XP w/ Service Pack 2 or later, Vista, 7, Home, or Student.
  • Other: Red Hat® Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 or later, openSUSE® 11 or later, Ubuntu 7.10 or later, and Solaris™ 10.3.
  • Intel® Pentium® II 450MHz, AMD Athlon® 600MHz or faster processor (or equivalent)
  • For any computer /operating system you will need:
  • Ram: 1 GB (gigabyte) or more
  • Hard Drive: 10 GB or more
  • The capacity to watch multiple video formats:
-You should have Windows Media Player 11
-If using a Mac, download the current version of Flip4Mac or Windows Media Player for Mac
-Apple Quicktime, which works on Windows and Mac
  • Soundcard and speakers (or headphones)
  • Display: 15” monitor or larger (Some 13” will work); resolution should be 600 X 800 pixels or higher.
  • Current version of Adobe Reader
  • Adobe Flash player
Web Browsers:
  • CTS Online (Moodle) is optimized for Firefox but works well with most browsers.
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Firefox 3.6.6
  • Google Chrome 2.0
  • Safari 3.0
  • Opera 9.5
  • AOL 9.0

Broadband is highly recommended and is defined as:
Upload transfer  rate of at least 1.0 megabits/second (or higher), and
Download rate of 2.0 - 4.0 megabits/second (or higher)
Typical DSL, ADSL, and Cable TV Internet connection easily meet these requirements. 

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