At its core, theology engages key issues of meaning and purpose. It helps individuals and communities wrestle with the critical challenges of ethics and values. And this degree track equips students to continue the long history of theology and religion meeting culture at its most important questions. Students have used this track to pursue goals as wide ranging as interfaith care and counseling, preaching for liberation, religion and the arts, spiritual formation, and complex religious bonds. You can forge your own path, because this is a program with flexibility. You will do core studies in the Hebrew bible and New Testament, study world Christianity, and develop your own systematic theology. And you’ll take classes in Christian ethics and spiritual practices. From there the direction is yours, because religions are evolving. But the questions often repeat.

MTS in Theological Disciplines Curriculum:

MTS Core Requirements – 18 credits

Interreligious Studies – 6 credits

TIR3001 Interreligious Dialogue and Leadership (3 credits)

Elective in Interreligious Studies or Second Religious Tradition (3 credits)

Electives* – 12 credits


THB3007 Hebrew Bible in Context (3 credits)

TNT3003 New Testament in Context (3 credits)

THC3007 History of World Christianity (3 credits)

TTH3036 Systematic Theology (3 credits)

TEC3001 Intro to Christian Ethics (3 credits)

TSF3008 Formation: Spiritual Practices (3 credits)

Area of Focus –  9 credits

Three courses in a theological discipline chosen in consultation with advisor.

Summative Course – 3 credits

TRE3040 Vocational Praxis (3 credits)

TOTAL – 48 credits

Activism & Social Justice

African & African-American Religious Studies

Arts, Religion, & Culture

Comparative Studies in Religion

Constructive & Political Theology

Contemplative Leadership

Contemplative Studies

Decolonial Studies

Dharma Traditions

Ecology & Spirituality

Ecological Civilization

Engaged Compassion

Ethics & Social Change

Hebrew Bible & Jewish Studies

History of Christianity

Interfaith Care & Counseling

Interreligious Education

Interreligious Studies

Islam in Interreligious Dialogue

Jain Studies

New Testament & Christian Origins

Pacific & Asian American Studies in Religion

Philosophy of Religion

Practical Theology

Preaching for Liberation

Process Studies

Religion & the Arts

Religion, Ethics, & Society

Religious Education

Sexuality, Gender, & Religion

Spiritual Formation

Spirituality & Sustainability

Social Change


United Methodist Studies

MTS students seeking Deacon’s Orders in the United Methodist Church must complete the following courses (15 credits) as electives or as part of their area of focus: 

TWP3015 Introduction to Christian Worship and the Arts (3 credits)

TDS3001 United Methodist History (2 credits)

TDS3002 United Methodist Polity (2 credits)

TDS3000 United Methodist Doctrine (2 credits)

TDS3039 Christian Evangelism (3 credits)

TDS3045 Christian Mission (3 credits)

Some United Methodist conferences require one unit of Clinical 


Pastoral Education for ordination, which would count for up to 6 academic credits.  Students are strongly recommended to check with their conference regarding this ordination requirement.


NOTE: Since these United Methodist classes are only required for ordination and not for graduation, CST considers them “Free Electives” for master’s-level students and therefore can be passed with a grade of D-. However, that may not be sufficient according to the requirements of the Board of Ordained Ministry in a particular Annual Conference. United Methodist students should ask their Annual Conference in advance what grade is considered acceptable for meeting these course requirements.

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A great theological education dismantles everything you assumed to be “right” and helps you rebuild with true understanding. My CST experience was life-altering. I am changed and on fire to transform the world.
Abigail Clauhs '17