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Online or on campus, CTS is a world-renowned graduate school in progressive religious thought. We have over 250 students from over 40 denominations and faith traditions – and growing!
Our online degree programs are revolutionary, including the first ever accredited and completely online MDiv program to be offered by a progressive seminary. This allows you to complete your degree without leaving your home community.
At CTS, we develop Leaders for the Next – a new generation of religious leaders working towards greater justice and mercy. They serve as teachers, chaplains, advocates, activists, social workers, counselors, and of course, ministers.
We invite you to discover CTS by exploring our website.
The first step in the admissions process has little to do with us. It begins with you. Chicago Theological Seminary cultivates leaders who are passionate, creative, and bold. Are you ready to pursue your passion?
There are many reasons to put CTS at the top of your list. It’s a world-class seminary with a history of theological innovation. Our alumni represent the best and brightest of the progressive religious thought.
Master of Divinity
Our three-year MDiv program is designed to prepare you for transformative religious leadership in the church and society, often in an ordained capacity.
MDIV & Master of Social Work
A combined program that allows you to complete the requirements of the MDiv and MSW degrees simultaneously in four years.
Master of Arts
The MA (Religious Studies) is a two-year graduate program that focuses on the study of religious traditions, theology, and ethics.
Master of Sacred Theology
The STM is a one-year program of advanced study beyond the Master of Divinity and designed for students who wish to study a theological topic with an advanced focus.
MDIV & Social Services Administration
A combined program that allows you to complete the requirements of the MDiv and SSA degrees simultaneously in four years.
Doctor of Ministry in Preaching
Offered in collaboration with five other Chicago area seminaries and intended to improve your pastoral understanding of homiletics, and nurture your preaching skills.
Doctor of Philosophy
The CTS PhD program is an interdisciplinary degree emphasizing cultural criticism and textual hermeneutics oriented toward social justice.
The Certificate in Theological Studies offers religious education to those who want to study in the seminary setting – without admission to a master’s degree program.