Certificate of Theological Studies (CTS)

The C.T.S. is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate theological education without earning a degree.

The program, available on campus or online, is especially appropriate for those people who are seeking spiritual enrichment or who might be thinking about coming to seminary, but want to try out a few classes first.

The C.T.S. may also be used as part of a diocesan program of ministry development, in which case CDSP would work closely with that diocese to formulate a curriculum that meets local needs. Students in the C.T.S. program have access to all resources and services provided by the seminary to its student body.

Summary of Requirements

A baccalaureate degree is required for admission to the C.T.S. and the certificate will be awarded upon completion of 24 units (equivalent to eight graduate-level courses). There is no time limit in which to complete the program and there are no course distribution requirements, making the C.T.S. more flexible than any other CDSP degree or certificate program. Course selection reflecting the particular needs or interests of the student is made in consultation with a CDSP faculty advisor and may include Graduate Theological Union (GTU) courses, as well as those offered by CDSP. Students awarded the C.T.S. who wish to apply to a degree program at a later date may be granted credit for courses applicable to that degree.