Chicago, United and Eden Theological Seminaries
Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) is a graduate school committed to preparing students for transformative leadership and ministry within the context of the religious and secular issues that influence the daily lives of individuals and communities. Founded in 1855 and the oldest institution of higher learning in Chicago, CTS seeks to be an international force for greater justice and mercy. Academic degree programs (M.A., M.Div., S.T.M., D.Min., and Ph.D.) encourage academic excellence, free inquiry, and focus on leadership issues that foster cooperation between communities of faith and other community-based organizations working to transform lives and neighborhoods. CTS currently enrolls 235 students from twenty-two religious traditions and offers dual degrees linked to the M.S.W. and to licensing for counseling. Courses can be taken at any of the twelve schools of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. Approximate enrollment: 235.
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities Believing that the seminary is called by God to be a transforming and renewing presence, United educates women and men for religious and ethical leadership. Degree programs include the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Religion and Theology, Theology and the Arts, Women’s Studies, and Religious Leadership. The seminary is recognized for work in ethics, gender studies, religion and the arts, and for the quality of leadership our graduates provide in the church and community. Committed to lifelong spiritual growth and learning, United offers a broad range of topics and events for community members, clergy, and laity. It is an open, inclusive community with multicultural and global commitments. Established in 1960 through the merger of Mission House Seminary in Wisconsin, and Yankton School of Theology in South Dakota, the Seminary was chartered by the United Church of Christ to be an ecumenical multi-denominational center of theological studies in the Twin Cities. Approximate enrollment: 250.
Eden Theological Seminary is a graduate school preparing women and men for ordained Christian ministry. A seminary of the United Church of Christ with ecumenical commitments, Eden has approximately two hundred students enrolled in both degree and non-degree programs. Students represent a wide range of ethnic and social backgrounds and eighteen denominations including the United Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), United Methodist, American Baptist, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Roman Catholic, and the African Episcopal Zion Church. Its student body is made up of an equal number of women and men. Now in its 150th year, Eden remains committed to the church and the community. Eden Theological Seminary welcomes graduate students from a wide range of settings and denominations and is home to internationally-known scholars who serve on the faculty. Eden offers four degree programs: Masters of Divinity (M.Div.), Masters of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), Masters of Arts in Pastoral Studies (M.A.P.S.), and Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.). Eden provides Heritage Scholarships to UCC students enrolled in the M.Div. program that covers seventy-five percent of tuition, and Seminary Scholarships to UCC students enrolled in the M.T.S.program cover fifty percent of tuition. Approximate enrollment: 200.