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  • Your resume
  • Your personal statement:  This statement is a vital part of your application!  The Admissions Committee gets to know you based on this statement.  In 4-5 double spaced pages you should describe the formative influences on you life: your values and your sense of religious vacation.  Reflect on these influences.  How have particular ideas, people, events, family of origin, theatre, works of art, church relationships, etc. aided you in the discernment process?  This statement should express your reasons for seeking seminary education, what you hope to gain from such an education and what you feel you might contribute to seminary life.  Email your personal statement in Word document or PDF format to studentservices@cts.edu  ORmail your personal statement to:
                     CTS/Student Services
                     1000 W. 42nd Street
                     Indianapolis, IN  46208
  • Four Reference Letters (forms provided by CTS here: Reference Form ) if you have attended college level classes or completed a degree program within the last five years, one reference must be from an academic source familiar with your work during that program
  • Contact your references and have them mail their letters to CTS Student Services.  Email references will be accepted only when a mailed hard copy is received within two weeks of the email reference. Faxed references are also acceptable (317) 937-9233
  • DO NOT use family members, spouses, or partners as references
  • A baccalaureate or its educational equivalent certified on complete and official transcripts from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association, as well as official transcripts of all courses and grades from allother colleges or universities you have attended.   Even if you have credits that were transferred from one school to another school and are listed as having been accepted, CTS still requires the official transcript from the school in which those transferred credits were  originally earned.   Transcripts must bear the original seal and signature of the registrar and must be sent directly from the institution to CTS. The bachelor's or master's degree must be from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association.  Superior students whose college is not regionally accredited may be considered for conditional admission.
  • All applicants are required to schedule an interview with the Associate Dean for Student Services.  This interview will take place only after the application, personal statement and transcripts are received.  The Associate Dean serves as your advocate to the Admissions Committee.  The better she knows you, the better she can represent you!
  • Applicants to the Master of Arts in Education and Arts Ministries degree program are also required to schedule an appointment through Student Services with the director of their chosen field of concentration.
  • Applicants to the Master of Theological Studies degree program are also required to schedule an appointment with the Director of the MTS Program.  
  • If you are applying for the Master of Divinity degree program, you must supply a letter of recognition and acknowledgement from the denominational body responsible for ordination (such as your Region, Synod, District, Conference or Presbytery).  This is called a judicatory letter.
  • If English is NOT your primary language, you must submit a TOEFL exam score.
  • Last, but not least, you need to submit two passport size (2"x2") photos and a $30.00 application fee

      


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That's easy!  Visit the Registrar's Office at CTS and fill out the form for auditing a course or taking a course as a non-degree student, OR, even easier, click on the link below!

Registrar
 
 

June 1 for the fall semester and November 15 for the spring semester.


If you are applying to:
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

the deadlines for submitting a complete application are February 15 for FALL and October 15 for SPRING.  A "complete" application means having all parts of the application (application, resume, personal statement, official transcripts, reference letters, photos and fee) in the Student Services Office by the deadline date.  Do NOT wait until the last minute to submit your application.


When your application to a counseling degree program is submitted to the Admissions Committee, selected applicants will be invited to participate in a group interview process with the counseling faculty.  This group interview is a mandatory part of the application process. 
 
The group counseling interviews are held in March and November. Following this interview, a final group of counseling program applicants will be selected for admission to the counseling programs for the next semester.
 
 

It is expected that all counseling students will receive psychotherapy during their involvement in the program.  While a student is in practicum, the faculty has the prerogative of mandating therapy for any specific student who is seen at that time as having special need.  Failure to comply with a request to get therapy at such a time will be sufficient cause for removal from the program.  Personal therapy with a gifted clinician serves tow purposes.  First, it assists student therapists in working through problem areas in their own lives that may adversely affect clients and students' participation in an emotionally challenging training program.  Second, it is a unique training experience, helping student understand the process of exploring the depth and interrelationship of systemic and intra-psychic features of human life.
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MDiv and Mental Health Counseling

Master of Divinity (MDiv) / Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MACMHC)

This joint degree program requires 124 semester hours and a cumulative grade point average of 2.7. Students in this degree program will meet educational requirements for ordination (from denominations requiring an MDiv degree). Upon completion, this joint degree meets State of Indiana academic requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor. It is guided by CACREP standards and the professional orientation of the American Counseling Association (ACA). An approved training program of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), the program also prepares students for certification as pastoral counselors without requiring ordination. Students will also, after completion of a total of at least 4 units of CPE, meet requirements for Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) certification. Many chaplaincy positions, particularly in hospital settings, require both APC accreditation and ordination. While CTS makes every effort to be in compliance with the requirements of specific licensure boards (LMHC, LPC) and professional credentialing bodies (CACREP, AAPC, APC), students must take individual responsibility for monitoring and meeting licensure and credentialing requirements that may change between admission and graduation and may vary from state to state. Students are responsible for such denominational requirements as are required for ordination.

Students conclude their degree by completing the requirements for practicum and the X-999B Capstone presentation listed below under “Supervised Clinical Practice”. A criminal background check is required for any student taking the Counseling Practicum. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are prerequisites for practicum

Field I: Bible (12 hours)

____ B-501: Introduction to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (3 SH)

____ B-___: Old Testament Exegesis (3 SH)

____ B-502: Introduction to New Testament (3 SH)

____ B-___: New Testament Exegesis (3 SH)

Field II: History of Global Christianity (9 hours)

____ H-505: History of Global Christianity: Beginnings to 1500 (3 SH)

____ H-506: History of Global Christianity: 1500-1800 (3 SH)

____ H-507: History of Global Christianity: 1800 to Present (3 SH)

 

Field III: Systematic and Philosophical Theology (9 hours)

____ T-500: Introduction to Theology (3 SH)

____ T-626: Systematic Theology (3 SH)

____ T-___: Theology Elective (3 SH)

Field IV: Christianity and Culture (6 hours)

____ C-530: Introduction to Christian Ethics (3 SH) or ____ C-540: Social Issues in the Local Parish (3 SH) or ____ C-550: Prophetic and Ethical Witness of the Churches (3 SH) or ____ C-645: Theological Ethics of Martin Luther King Jr. (3 SH)

and

____ C-571: The Church and the Arts (3 SH)

Field V: Pastoral Theology and Mental Health Counseling (69 hours)

A. Core Studies in Mental Health Counseling (36 hours)

P-510: Theories of Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Personality (3 SH)*

P-511: Counseling Skills and Helping Relationships (3 SH)

P-531: Human Growth and Development (3 SH)*

P-632: Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (3 SH)

P-635: Ethical and Professional Issues in Clinical Practice (3 SH)

P-637: Psychopathology and Assessment (3 SH)*

P-639: Testing and Appraisal (3 SH)

P-656: Social and Cultural Dimensions of Counseling (3 SH)

P-657: Contextual Dimensions of Mental Health Counseling (3 SH)

P-675: Career Development and Counseling (3 SH)

P-760: Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (3 SH)

P-770: Research Methods (3 SH)

 

B. Specialized Studies in Mental Health Counseling (9 SH)

P-630: Psychoanalytic Theory & Technique (3 SH)

And two ELECTIVES from the following four areas: social justice, choose P-619, P-641, or P-650; couples, marriage and family, choose P-520, P-525, P-621, P-623, P-711, P-774, or P-775; psychodynamic, choose P-633, P-640, P-644, P-739, P755, or P-776; spiritually integrated counseling, choose P-633, P-638, P-641, P-644, P-739, or P-800, 801)

P-520: Introduction to Marriage & Family Therapy (3 SH)

P-525: Aging and the Family (3 SH)
P-619: Sexuality, Gender and Culture (3 SH)

P-621: Integration of Marriage & Family Therapy Theory (3 SH)

P-623: Couples Systems Therapy (3 SH)       

P-626: Loss and Mourning (3 SH)     

P-633: History of Healing (3 SH)

P-638: Religion, Medicine and Pastoral Care (3 SH)

P-640: Transference and Countertransference (3 SH)

P-641: Spirituality and God Images in Counseling and Culture (3 SH)

P-644: Dreams and Discernment (3 SH)

P-650: Treating Addictive Behaviors (3 SH)

P-711: Children and Adolescents in Families (3 SH)

P-739: Freud, Jung and Religion (3 SH)

P-755: Affect in Human Transformation (3 SH)

P-774: Psychodynamic Family Therapy (3 SH)

P-775: Short-term Family Therapy (3SH)

P-776: Dissociative Processes in Groups and Systems (3 SH)

 

C. Clinical Pastoral Education (6 hours)

P-800, 801: Clinical Pastoral Education I (6 SH)

 

D. Integration of Spirituality and Mental Health Counseling (3 hours)

P-634: Theological Perspectives on Pastoral & Spiritual Care (3 SH)**

 

E. Supervised Clinical Practice (15 hours)

Required: complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical experience, which includes a minimum of 400 hours of direct service to clients of clinical mental health counseling to clients, of which at least 10 hours must be group therapy, and receive at least 100 hours of individual and group supervision in practicum, with at least 50 hours of that supervision based on video tape, audio tape or direct observation. Supervised clinical experience falls into three portions: 100 hour practicum (P-820), incl. at least 40 direct service to clients; 600 hour internship (P-821, P-822, P-823), incl. at least 240 direct service to clients; and 300 hour advanced internship (P-824), incl. at least 120 direct service to clients.

P-820, 821, 822: Counseling Practicum I (9 SH)
P-823, 824: Counseling Practicum II (6 SH)

 

Field VI: Christian Ministries (15 hours)

____ M-510: Worship and Church Music (3 SH)

____ M-514, M-516: Introduction to Christian Ministry and SCOFE (3 SH)

____ M-515, M-517: Introduction to Christian Ministry and SCOFE (3 SH)

____ M-520: Introduction to Preaching (3 SH) or ____ M-530: Women in the Pulpit (3 SH)

____ M-540: Education and Formation in the Church (3 SH)

Interfield Courses (4 hours)

____ X-515: Introduction to Theological Education and Formation (required first semester) (3 SH)

____ X-516: Peer Learning in Ministry (1 SH)

____ X-727: Cross Cultural Experience (0 SH)

 

Integration and Competency Assessment (0 SH)

X-999B “Self, Countertransference, and Spirit” culminating in a Capstone Presentation and a 12-15 page integration paper in preparation of the Capstone Presentation

 

* Prerequisite for Supervised Clinical Practice

** Prerequisite for X999B

 

Personal Counseling – All students are expected to receive psychotherapy during their program. Weekly personal therapy is a prerequisite for practicum admission. Personal therapy with a gifted clinician assists student therapists in working through problem areas in their own lives that mayadversely affect clients and their own participation in an emotionally challenging training program; it provides a unique training experience that helps students understand the process of exploring the depth and interrelationship of intrapsychic and systemic features of human life.

Requirements for Admission to Practicum for MAMHC students and M.Div./MHC students – Students can apply for admission to practicum after completing P531 Human growth and development, P637 Psychopathology and assessment, and P 510 Theories of counseling, psychotherapy, and personality. Further, M.Div./MHC students must complete one year of SCOFE before applying for practicum.

Students are accepted for practicum based upon successful completion of role plays as a screening process. Concerns that arise during these role plays may be addressed through additional evaluation as determined by the counseling faculty and clinic director. Entering cohort groups are normally limited to four persons for summer and six students for fall and spring. Priority is given to students who have the greater number of completed semester hours. Practicum admission is based on limitation of the cohort group due to available supervision in order to provide a conducive learning environment. Counseling students will be required to enter practicum no later than 4th semester of coursework.

Requirements for Capstone -- Capstone is normally taken the 5th semester of practicum.  Students must have completed 280 hours of client contact hours prior to taking the Capstone. Course authorization is required.

Personal Counseling

Personal Counseling
All students are expected to receive psychotherapy during their program. Weekly personal therapy is a prerequisite for practicum admission. Personal therapy with a gifted clinician assists student therapists in working through problem areas in their own lives that may adversely affect clients and their own participation in an emotionally challenging training program; it provides a unique training experience that helps students understand the process of exploring the depth and interrelationship of intrapsychic and systemic features of human life.

Click here to view the Application Checklist. This web page will assist you with the application process and lists information which you must submit with your application.
 
MDiv MACMHC Dual Degree Application
 
Please note: Applications for ALL counseling degrees (including dual degrees) must be complete and received in the Student Services Office by February 1st for Fall Admission and October 1st for Spring Admission. Selected applicants will be invited to a mandatory Group Counseling Interview in March for Fall Admission and November for Spring Admission.
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