We offer two sets, or levels, of courses:
The first set includes everything that any serious CU scholar should know. It includes courses like:
- New Testament
- Old Testament
- Living the Gospel
- Universalist Apologetics
- Church History (emphasis on Universalism)
- Synthesis of Scripture
The second set is for those who are seeking ordination through the CUA. This set builds-on what you learned in the first set. The current options for concentration are: congregational ministry, or chaplaincy. Your exact course requirements will very, depending on your concentration. All second level students take:
- Comparative Theology
- Pastoral Ethics
- plus those courses specific to your concentration
You will receive credit for classes taken elsewhere, from any recognized institution. Testing-out of some classes is also permitted. We know there are some great Theological schools out there that are not accredited (after all, our internal program is not accredited), so lack of accreditation is not a cause for concern. Those with years of ministry experience will also receive advanced standing.
The mentoring/internship portion of our program is a critical part of your training. You will arrange to shadow & apprentice from someone local, in your field; requirements vary by concentration.
About the concentrations:
Pastoral ministry students can complete all their coursework through the CUA, and you will arrange your mentoring/internship in coordination with us.
Students with other concentrations will often combine our coursework with that of outside organizations. A variety of options are possible, depending on your location and preferences.
For chaplaincy, you can study through organizations such as:
- International Fellowship of Chaplains
- Police & Fire Chaplain’s Training Academy
- and others
There are ministry areas for which our “Lightweight M.Div.” simply won’t suffice. The following areas generally require fully-accredited, usually brick & mortar degrees:
- Military Chaplain
- Hospital Chaplain in larger cities
- Counseling other than free Pastoral counseling in your church office.
If this is where your calling lies, you will likely need a traditional fully-accredited Masters degree, plus CUA ordination.