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Master of Divinity


Master of Divinity
(79 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.

Master of Divinity Fulfilling Academic Requirements for Roman Catholic Ordination
(110 credit-hours)

For those seeking to fulfill academic requirements for Roman Catholic Ordination, an additional thirty-one 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).

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Biblical Studies, Intercultural Studies and Ministry, Healthcare Mission Leadership, Liturgical Studies, Pastoral Theology, and World Mission


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

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

Specific Program Requirements
Distribution in credit hours 


M.Div. Roman
Catholic Ordination

Foundational Courses88
Intercultural Studies and Ministry33
Pastoral Ministry33
Canon Law03
Ministry Practica (Field Education)66
Immersion (Field Education)03
Integrating Courses99
Integrating Seminar - Capstone11
Total number of credit-hours:79110


Additional Program Requirements

  • The following three non-credit workshops are required of M.Div. students and should be taken prior to registration for Ministry Practicum: Virtus Training, Issues in Human Sexuality, and Professional Standards.
  • Six non-credit Collaborative Skills for Ministry Workshops must be completed before graduation.
  • Field Education – a two-semester supervised ministry practicum placement (six credit-hours). The M.Div. Fulfilling Academic Requirements for Roman Catholic Ordination student has an additional ministry practicum immersion requirement of three semester-hours.

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, applicants for the M.Div. program should submit:

  1. Three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to the applicant’s character and suitability for graduate study and ministry. Note: Applicants from participating religious communities are not required to submit these letters since sponsorship by a participating community constitutes adequate recommendation. If the community withdraws its sponsorship or if the student leaves the community, the student is required to present a new application with letters of recommendation, one of which must come from an official representative of the former community.
  2. Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended by the applicant. Transcripts are to be sent by the Registrars of these schools directly to the Admissions Office.


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