MDIV & Master of Social Work

The MDiv/Master of Social Work dual degrees is offered completely online through CTS and Aurora University. Students are able to complete the requirements for both degrees simultaneously within four years. Students begin their first year at CTS developing leadership skills and a strong theological foundation. The following three years are done simultaneously at both institutions with combined field education and clinical pastoral education components. This combined program is ideal if you aspire to work at the intersection of ministry and social work, and require credentials in both areas. Application to each program is made separately to the respective institution. Learn more about our online degrees here.


Program Goals and Learning Outcomes:


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.


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.