Trying to discern which program is right for you? Here is an overview of similarities and differences of the MTS and MDiv degrees.
|Years of full-time study||3||2|
|Thesis required?||Yes, in the third year||No, but there are opportunities to pursue independent reading and research|
|Clinical pastoral education (CPE)*||Not required, but many elect to participate in CPE. The Office of Ministry Studies provides assistance with applying and advising||Optional|
|Field education||2 units required||Optional|
||Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion|
|Language requirement||3 semesters of study in one language OR attain intermediate reading competency; can be demonstrated by coursework or examination||Must attain intermediate reading competency; can be demonstrated by coursework or examination|
|Area of focus||None required||Must declare from 18 options|
|Summary of distribution requirements, in addition to already mentioned requirements||6 courses in “Histories, Theologies, & Practices” (HTP); 3 courses in “Scriptural Interpretation” (SI); 3 courses which can be a combination of HTP and SI; 3 courses in “Arts of Ministry”||6 courses within area of focus; 3 courses outside area of focus|
* Clinical Pastoral Education brings theological students and ministers of all faiths into supervised encounter with persons in crisis (generally in healthcare settings) as a part of ministerial professional education.