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Chicago Theological Seminary

36 months
20817 USD/year
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The Divinity program of Chicago Theological Seminary is a three-year program designed to prepare you for transformative religious leadership in the church and society, often in an ordained capacity.


The Divinity program of Chicago Theological Seminary combines critical reflection with real life application – emphasizing 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 if you are 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. You can also choose to complete one of six concentrations in the MDiv Program: Chaplaincy Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Interreligious Engagement, Islamic Chaplaincy, Muslim Studies, and the Study of Black Faith & Life.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Interpreting the Hebrew Bible
  • Interpreting the Gospels
  • Interpreting the Epistles
  • History of Christian Thought
  • Religion in North America
  • Christian Ethics

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

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TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


90 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. It is to the applicant’s advantage to have well developed written and oral communication skills, strong academic references, good critical thinking skills, and coursework in the area of humanities. GRE scores are not required. 

The MDiv, and MA application process includes:

  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended
  • Four letters of reference – at least two must be academic, one may come from a pastor or other ministry professional, and one may come from a supervisor or friend.
  • Written materials, including an autobiographical statement, as directed for each degree program.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are required of applicants for whom English is not a first language.

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