Degrees Information

MDiv - General (81 credit-hours)

The Master of Divinity program prepares students for full-time professional ministry in the Roman Catholic Church. As the basic professional degree in ministry, the M.Div. provides general ministry preparation and offers a variety of opportunities for more specific concentration within the program.

MDiv Fulfilling Academic Requirements for Roman Catholic Ordination (111 credit-hours)

For those seeking to fulfill academic requirements for Roman Catholic Ordination, an additional 31 credit-hours of coursework is required to meet the specifications for academic and ministerial formation as required by The Program of Priestly Formation (Washington: USCCB, 2005).

 

A student in the MDiv Fulfilling Academic Requirements for Roman Catholic Ordination has an additional ministry practicum immersion requirement of three semester-hours.

Prerequisites

  • Applicants for the MDiv program should normally have a liberal arts background, including courses in philosophy and undergraduate theology.
  • MDiv – 9 semester-hours of philosophy
  • MDiv Fulfilling Academic Requirements for Roman Catholic Ordination – 30 semester-hours of philosophy; 12 semester-hours of theology or religious studies

 

Note: CTU offers a selection of courses in philosophy to help MDiv students meet the prerequisites in philosophy for this degree. Students may take CTU 3000 level theology courses to meet the prerequisites in theology or religious studies. Advanced standing rather than credit will be given in those theological areas

Additional Program Requirements

The following three non-credit workshops are required of MDiv students and should be taken prior to registration for Field Education: Virtus Training, Issues in Human Sexuality, and Professional Standards.

 

Field Education – a two-semester supervised ministry practicum placement (six credit-hours). The MDiv Fulfilling Academic Requirements for Roman Catholic Ordination student has an additional ministry practicum immersion requirement of three semester-hours.

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) degree is intended for those who wish to prepare for ministerial leadership in the Church, those with some ministerial experience, and those who want to improve effectiveness in their current ministries. Each student’s background and experience is considered in creating a meaningful course of study. The program combines theological study, a focus on developing pastoral skills, and the integration of these two areas. Students beginning the MAPS program may petition to receive advanced standing for previous work. Non-credit ministerial training and years of ministerial experience may also qualify toward advanced standing. This is determined based on transcript evaluation, an interview with the director of the program, and the approval of the Academic Dean following admission into the program.

Distance Learning Option

The MAPS degree program can be completed in a distance learning format. Through online, blended, and summer courses students are able to earn their degree with minimal on-site requirements.

Educational Goals and Outcomes

  • Engages in constructive theological reflection on the Catholic scriptures and tradition, and the area of specialization in a faithful, historically critical and culturally and ecumenically sensitive manner
  • Demonstrates in practice the capacity for effective pastoral leadership in the specialized ministry including an understanding of its cultural and religious context.
  • Demonstrates progress toward integration as a minister/leader including growth in spiritual formation and a coherent theological vision.

Requirements

The following three non-credit workshops are required prior to registration for Ministry Practicum: Virtus Training, Issues in Human Sexuality, and Professional Standards.

Students must complete Field Education – a two-semester supervised ministry practicum placement (six credit-hours).

This is a generalist ministerial degree designed for people with rich experience in ministry who wish to wed that experience with strong theoretical work. Grounded in the principles of practical theology, the degree respects the experience of the participants and challenges them to consider their experience within a variety of systematic frameworks. The goal is to enable experienced ministers to train other leaders for ministry. To achieve its ends, the program employs both seminar work and peer learning experiences. Special emphasis is placed on the integration and mutual evaluation of the DMin candidates who, with the faculty, are partners in learning.

 

The program requires two core colloquia (the first of which begins with a one week intensive in the fall), six other courses (four inside and two outside the area of concentration), a leadership practicum, and the DMin thesis project. The minimum time required for the course work, aside from the thesis-project is one full academic year. Preparation and approval of the thesis-project requires approximately one full academic year. The entire program can be completed in two academic years, or it can be spread over three or more years. Flexibility in the program allows participants to pursue the degree on a part-time basis.

 

Please note that this is not a summer program, nor designed for distance learning. With the exception of Core I (with its opening orientation intensive), all courses follow the regular semester schedule. While students have commuted from Milwaukee, St. Louis, Detroit, and even Miami, the program is designed for students who can either spend an entire semester in Chicago twice over a period of four years, or students who can be present one day a week for semester-long courses.

There are two types of Master of Arts (Theology) degrees offered at CTU – the general academic MA and the research MA. The general academic MA provides the theological background for those who wish to teach at the secondary or college level, or to develop greater academic expertise in theological studies. The research MA provides this same theological background and also serves as preparation for those who wish to pursue further studies in a doctoral program. It is possible to pursue both the MDiv and MA programs concurrently at CTU.

 

The hallmark of the MA program is the flexibility offered within each individual student’s program, negotiated between the student, academic advisor, and the MA director.

Concentrations

  • Biblical Studies
  • Intercultural Studies and Ministries
  • Ethics
  • Interreligious Dialogue
  • Liturgical Studies
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Spirituality
  • Systematic Theology
  • World Mission

This degree is focused on giving the student the knowledge and skills needed to conduct biblical ministry in a variety of settings, usually on the parish level.

 

Of the required 36 credit-hours of study, at least 24 hours must be completed in residence (traditional classroom setting) with an option to complete the other 12 hours online, as available. In addition to the necessary coursework, all students are required to participate in the appropriate spiritual formation program offered at CTU.

Distance Learning Option

The MA-BM degree program can be completed in a distance learning format. Through online and blended courses students are able to earn their degree with minimal on-site requirements.

Educational Goals and Outcomes for Students

  • Attainment of an adequate grasp of biblical content
  • Development of skills in engaging effectively the biblical tradition in such settings as Bible study
  • Attainment of the theological knowledge that will enhance biblical understanding and interpretive skills

The following three non-credit workshops are required of MDiv students and should be taken prior to registration for Ministry Practicum: Virtus Training, Issues in Human Sexuality, and Professional Standards.

 

Field Education – a two-semester supervised ministry practicum placement (six credit-hours).

This degree equips students for competent pastoral leadership in accompanying the variety of communities that fall under the broad demographic categories of Latinx/Latin@/Hispanic in the context of the United States of America. The course of study focuses on Hispanic religious heritage, Latino@ biblical hermeneutics, Latin@ theologies, ministry within Latin@ contexts, and the lived experiences and practices of Hispanic communities.

Distance Learning Option

The MA-HTM degree program can be completed in a distance learning format. Through online and blended courses students are able to earn their degree with minimal on-site requirements.

Educational Goals and Outcomes for Students

  • Recognize the complexity of Hispanic/Latin@ experiences in the Church (history, religion, cultures, languages, generations, migrations, etc.).
  • Recognize, comprehend, and be versed in theological and biblical scholarship arising from Latin@ contexts and experiences.
  • Engage theology and ministry as teología y pastoral en conjunto, a process that privileges mutual accountability and collaboration.
  • Respond pastorally in particular Latin@ cultural / religious contexts, and accompany communities accordingly.

Additional Program Requirements

Students will also complete Field Education – a one-semester supervised ministry practicum placement (three credit-hours).

This degree is designed to prepare ministers to serve in settings with a diversity of cultural groups interfacing with and impacting one another.

Distance Learning Option

Up to twelve credit-hours may be earned entirely online. Other courses may be offered in the blended format of both on-site and online coursework.

Educational Goals and Outcomes for Students

  • Ability to envision ministry in particular cultural and religious contexts
  • Ability to engage in personal and communal spiritual formation toward transformation and growth
  • Ability to foster dialogue across cultural and religious boundaries
  • Understanding of the theological dynamics of social reconciliation
  • Ability to do theological reflection on intercultural ministry
  • Ability to integrate intercultural ministerial concerns and theological study

Additional Program Requirements

Students must complete Field Education – a two-semester supervised ministry practicum placement (six credit-hours).

This 36-credit hour, professional degree focuses on helping the student acquire the knowledge and skills to exercise liturgical leadership in a parish setting.

Distance Learning Option

Up to 24 credit-hours may be earned entirely online. Through summer courses, students are able to earn their degree with minimal on-site requirements.

Educational Goals and Outcomes for Students

  • To evidence progress toward a coherent and personally integrated theological vision for liturgical ministry
  • To demonstrate ability to work out of a collaborative paradigm for ministry
  • To articulate knowledge of the Roman Catholic liturgical tradition past and present
  • To interpret the Roman Catholic liturgical tradition in a faithful, historically critical, and culturally sensitive manner
  • To evidence pastoral skills to prepare, lead, and evaluate parish liturgical celebrations
  • To organize and implement formation for liturgical celebration and ministry in a parish setting

Additional Program Requirements

Participation in appropriate spiritual formation program.

Students must complete Field Education – a one-semester supervised ministry practicum placement (three credit-hours).

Options for distance learners are available for these requirements.

This degree provides ministers with expertise in dealing with theological and pastoral issues related to reconciliation and peace-making processes within the Church and the world. It is possible to concentrate studies in one of the following areas: environmental justice, racial justice, reconciliation, or social justice.

Distance Learning Option

Up to 24 credit-hours may be earned entirely online. Through summer courses, students are able to earn their degree with minimal on-site requirements.

Educational Goals and Outcomes for Students

  • Attainment of a solid grounding in Catholic theological warrants for justice in a globalized world
  • Attainment of a specialized knowledge of one issue area: environmental justice, racial justice, reconciliation, or social justice
  • Attainment of a set of practical skills that enables the employment of best practices in ministry for justice
  • Integration of theological knowledge, skills in issue analysis, and ministerial practices for justice ministry

Additional Program Requirements

  • The following non-credit workshops are required prior to registration for Ministry Practicum: Virtus Training, Issues in Human Sexuality, Professional Standards, Ministry Practicum Orientation & Interview, and Ministry Practicum Orientation and Theological Reflection.
  • Participation in appropriate spiritual formation program.
  • Students must complete Field Education – a two-semester supervised ministry practicum placement (six credit-hours).

The Master of Arts in Spiritual Ministry (MA-SpM) is a professional degree designed to equip persons for competent leadership in spiritual ministry in parish, religious community, or other pastoral settings. Foundational courses undergird effective spiritual ministry with basic background in ministry, religious studies, biblical studies, and church history. Program requirements emphasize historical perspectives on spirituality and an ecclesial vision of contemporary spirituality as well as basic skills in companioning and spiritual formation. Nine elective credits enable each student to tailor the program according to unique interests.

 

While this is not a training program in spiritual direction, it provides an excellent complement to such a program. Students come with goals such as to exercise spiritual leadership in prayer groups, small Christian communities, or religious communities; work in formation in a religious or lay setting; lead retreats; give workshops or write on spiritual topics; add a broad background in theology and spirituality to a more skills-focused chaplaincy preparation such as CPE; and/or enrich their existing presbyteral or lay ministry with an enhanced spiritual focus.

Educational Goals and Outcomes for Students

  • Articulate a well-grounded ecclesial vision of spiritual ministry
  • Explain and assess knowledge of some historical traditions of Christian spirituality
  • Interpret the role of theological, biblical, and contextual factors in spiritual teachings and practices; and
  • Demonstrate introductory skills in spiritual companioning and spiritual formation context.

Additional Program Requirements

Students must complete Field Education – a two-semester supervised ministry practicum placement (six credit-hours).