Students
Ranging in age from 22 to 70 and representing over 40 faith traditions, our student body is the most diverse and inclusive anywhere. Religiously curious and passionately compassionate, our students create a provocative yet nurturing community here in the heart of Chicago.
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Student Support Services

Director of Community Life

The Director of Community Life (DCL), Rev. Lisa Goods, is commissioned to “help the CTS community befriend itself,” working with students, faculty and staff to nurture and coordinate opportunities for building community at CTS.  An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Rev. Goods is responsible for helping to facilitate the spiritual, professional and community formation of the CTS community. She serves as the chair of CTS’ Spiritual Life Committee and is the lead on most spiritual life activities including our weekly worship services.  Rev. Goods is also available to help students with spiritual care and wellness needs. The Office of Community Life maintains a resource center of information on spiritual direction, long-term counseling, religious communities, retreat facilities, and skilled care services available in the surrounding community. Finally, the DCL serves as a guide and advocate for students. The Director of Community Life fosters safe spaces for conversation and counsel, while also representing student interests on the Administrative Council—a leadership team that facilitates the administrative leadership of the school.  Rev. Lisa Goods, Director of Community Life can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Job Postings

Jobs for Alumni and Seminarians

CTS maintains a listing of job openings appropriate available to CTS alumni and current students. Visit our Job Postings page to see a list of current positions that have been submitted to CTS, or to learn how to get a position at your organization shared with our students and alumni.

Student Advising

Academic Advising

Each student is assigned a faculty advisor who is available, at the student’s initiative, for conversation about academic direction and vocation. CTS is a small school with dedicated professors, who are generous with their time, in and outside of the classroom. All students develop their courses of study in consultation with their faculty advisor. All students meet with their advisors at least once per term in order to discuss their planned course schedule for the coming term.

Students can also consult with the Registrar for help in navigating degree requirements and course schedules. Recognizing that students come to CTS with other life commitments, including work and family, the Registrar helps students find ways to accommodate a range of busy schedules and to honor diverse academic interests within the framework of each degree program.

Academic Advisor

All Master’s and SAL students benefit from the guidance of two advisors. The Registrar and Director of Studies serves as academic advisor for all M.A. and M.Div. students, working individually with each person to develop a course of study. Recognizing that students come to CTS with other life commitments, including work and family, the Director of Studies finds ways to accommodate a range of busy schedules and to honor diverse academic interests within the framework of each degree program.

Faculty Advisors

Each student is also assigned a faculty advisor who is available, at the student’s initiative, for conversation about academic direction and vocation. CTS is a small school with dedicated professors, who are generous with their time, in and outside of the classroom. All SAL, S.T.M., M.A. II, D.Min. and P.h. D. students develop their courses of study in consultation with their faculty advisor.

Accessibility

CTS works hard to be accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. Our parking lot has several accessible spaces available and our entrances are all at ground level. Every floor in CTS has accessible restrooms and our larger classrooms have hearing assistance devices available for those who need them. All rooms are wheelchair accessible and our emergency stairwells all have designated meeting places and phones to communicate with emergency personnel in the event of an emergency. To inquire about the seminary's ability to accommodate various special needs, please contact the Director of Facilities, Shauna Warren.

Students who would like to request accommodations and academic adjustments should contact the Registrar, who can guide them through the process of requesting academic accommodations. Students should report their general (non-academic) needs to the President’s Office.  

The Arts

CTS believes that a holistic theological education requires opportunities for students to encounter the arts and artists as part of their transformative seminary journey. Like religious experience, encounters with art create spaces for new relationships and the possibility for change. Art and expressions of creativity are a crucial part of worship services and other more formal ceremonies at CTS. It is also a part of the classroom experiences. Integrated into a number of courses are opportunities for students to understand the role of art in religious practice as well as social transformation. Students may benefit from seminars conducted by professional artists or they may be called upon to contribute their own art to public display at CTS or in another Chicago context.

Campus Safety

At Chicago Theological Seminary, your safety as students is one of our top priorities. Here is information on how to make your on campus experience a safe and comfortable one:

Emergency Text Alerts

CTS has opted to use a text alert emergency system to notify students of campus closings and other emergencies. Students have the option to opt in for this service. We highly recommend this service to receive alerts quickly.  If you do not opt in, you will receive emergency notifications via your CTS email. 

Click HERE and fill out the sign up form to opt in to receiving text alerts.  Your phone number will be added to the text alert system and will be kept private.

For more information about Mobile Text Alerts, please go to their website HERE

Request a Safety Escort

The University of Chicago Police Department provides a Safety Escort Program for members of the University of Chicago community. If you are concerned about your safety as you walk within the UCPD's patrol area, call 773.702.8181 and request a safety escort. The first available patrol or security officer will be sent to escort you to your destination.