The M.T.S. at CDSP, offered in residential and online formats, provides solid academic grounding in theological disciplines but is not intended to prepare students for ordination. The hallmark of the M.T.S. is its flexibility.
In practice, it has been utilized by international students who are already ordained and wish to further their theological education, and by those in a variety of fields who wish to gain a theological perspective on their vocations. The rich ecumenical resources of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) provide opportunity for study in many different areas.
The wide choice of electives and the possibility of specialization accommodate many interests and backgrounds. The overall goal of this program is to provide students with an opportunity to integrate their interests, and often their expertise in other fields, with a variety of theological disciplines.