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Overview
Founded in 1855, Chicago Theological Seminary is located in a large city with a population of more than 250,000. It is in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin IL-IN-WI area.
Address
1407 E 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
www.ctschicago.edu
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Institutional Control
Chicago Theological Seminary is a private not-for-profit organization.
Denomination
United Church of Christ
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Accreditation
Accreditation provides important oversight over a school's instructional practices and institutional stability.
Chicago Theological Seminary holds an accreditation from one of the seven regional accreditors, which should ensure that credits earned transfer easily to other schools.
Accreditation History
Higher Learning Commission (Accredited January 1, 1982 - present)
  • The accreditation was recently renewed on June 12, 2017.
  • The next accreditation review is scheduled for August 31, 2027.
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (Accredited January 1, 1938 - present)
  • The accreditation was recently renewed on February 2, 2017.
  • The next accreditation review is scheduled for March 31, 2027.
Programs
Chicago Theological Seminary program offerings
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Master's Degree
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Costs
Graduate general costs
Here's a quick summary of costs to attend Chicago Theological Seminary. You will find the most up-to-date information at their website for admissions.
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Historic Annual Costs
This chart shows an inflation-adjusted view of the costs for general full-time graduate students over time. The shading reflects charges within your comparison group over the same time period. Private and public universities' charges are difficult to compare due to the in- and out-of-state structure of public universities, and therefore we only compare Chicago Theological Seminary to other private schools within your chosen comparison group.
Graduate Assistantships at Chicago Theological Seminary
Keep in mind that many graduate programs fund or partially fund their students through teaching, research, or other graduate assistantships. Some programs have provided graduate financial aid information that you can check for in the Programs section on this page. If we don't have that data, be sure to inquire with the academic department that interests you and do not assume you would have to pay full tuition for an academic graduate degree.
We believe that Chicago Theological Seminary does not offer assistantships to its graduate students. We calculated this percentage by dividing the number of graduate assistantships offered at Chicago Theological Seminary by its number of full-time-equivalent graduate students.
Graduate tuition, fees, books, and supplies over time
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Chart explanation
Chicago Theological Seminary
On the blue curve, we see how the published annual cost to attend Chicago Theological Seminary has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the annual cost for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
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Research
The library is the backbone of academic learning and research

A rigorous academic program requires that students and faculty alike are engaging in independent research, and that activity requires strong library support. You can get some useful information here:

  • How strong and how balanced between traditional physical books and easily-accessed (but expensive) electronic journals and other resources is this library?
  • How much is this library borrowing from other libraries? The number of interlibrary loans received can indicate the school's commitment to getting the resources on-campus researchers need, and also of the research activity on campus.
  • How big a resource is this library to other libraries? A large number of outgoing interlibrary loans speaks highly of the value of its content.

The presence of a library in and of itself is a good thing. Increasingly, libraries are comfortable and inviting spaces for individual and group study sessions. Librarians can be incredibly friendly guides in your quest to find materials that aid your learning.

Comparison of library resources per student
How do the per-student library resources at Chicago Theological Seminary compare to other schools?
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Comparison of library loans per student
A small library could make up for a small collection by allowing a large number of interlibrary loans to be received. An excellent library can show its strength by its number of loans given.
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Research funding: the best indicator of post-baccalaureate academic rigor
Any school that reports at least $150,000 in research and development expenditures in a given year should have submitted out the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey to the National Science Foundation (NSF). We did not find HERD data for $Chicago Theological Seminary, so there would at most modest graduate-level academic scholarship campus-wide.
Classroom Experience
Student attention at Chicago Theological Seminary
Schools are required to report the ratio of students per instructor, but look for a small number of students for every full-time instructor as your best indicator of personal attention and a modern well-integrated curriculum.
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Quality and Quantity of Chicago Theological Seminary faculty
Faculty are the heart of a school. Make sure the school you attend has highly-qualified faculty who are regularly in their offices and happy to meet with you.
Full-time faculty overview
The best bachelor’s and graduate programs are generally taught by long-term faculty with tenure, as these instructors typically hold the highest degree possible in their field of expertise. Their commitment to research, their students, and to the school itself should be outstanding. The more green in the chart, the more long-term faculty are available to offer you steady classroom quality.
Learn more about the bars in this chart

Traditionally, the long-term faculty at a school are hired as Assistant Professors. After about six years, they then advance to the Associate Professor level after proving excellence in three areas: teaching, service to the institution, and significant contributions to their field of expertise. Assistant professors who are not promoted to the Associate level are usually required to leave the school. The rank of Professor is reserved for senior faculty who have demonstrated the highest standing in those three areas. The standards of excellence differ widely across institutions; nonetheless, the presence of a large proportion of faculty in the three professor ranks suggests you will be taught by faculty who are invested in their academic fields and in the school. Generally, instructors with any of the three professor titles will hold the highest possible (terminal) degree in their academic fields.

The instructor/lecturer positions are generally held by full-time faculty who are focused on teaching alone, often for lower-level classes. These positions usually require some advanced education or experience, but not the highest (terminal) degree in a given academic field. Those teaching with no academic rank may be hired to teach in mostly non-academic fields, giving skills- or vocation-based guidance.

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Context: Percentage of full-time faculty
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and most likely to craft up-to-date courses and programs. Chicago Theological Seminary performs better in this measure than 80% of the context schools.
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Context: Full-time faculty with long-term employment contracts
Faculty with multi-year contracts have a mutual commitment with their school, and they provide curricular stability and knowledge that contribute to meaningful classes for students.
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Faculty Diversity
Here's an opportunity to explore the faculty's diversity. For many schools, attracting a diverse teaching faculty can be a challenge. It's important to judge their success with the reality check of what their peer schools have accomplished.
An overview of faculty race and gender
Here the bars show faculty rank, with male faculty to the left and female faculty to the right. The race/origin of faculty are shown by color. The view with rank is important because many of our elite schools have a problem with diversity at the higher faculty ranks. Are women and minorities being promoted at Chicago Theological Seminary?
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Student Body
Study Types
About 43% of students are full-time. About 47% of students take all of their courses via distance education, while another 17% take some courses online.
Full-time
43%
Online classes
64%
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Context: Student body size
Chicago Theological Seminary enrolled 270 students over the past academic year. The the student body size is smaller than 99% of the context schools.
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Gratduate student gender
Is the gender balance of Chicago Theological Seminary students important to you? You can see the breakdown in this donut chart.
Gender
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Gratduate student race/origin
Chicago Theological Seminary reports that 40% of students are minority, which is more than 83% of the context schools. With 6% international students, this school additionally has a higher percentage of international students than 99% of the context schools.
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Context: Gender Balance
It is very difficult for many types of schools to achieve a gender balance, and this context is valuable in evaluating the balance at Chicago Theological Seminary.
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Context: Percentage of women
With 56% women , Chicago Theological Seminary ranks near the middle of context schools in its percentage of women students.
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Context: Student race/origin
Here is how Chicago Theological Seminary compares to the rest of the context group in terms of diversity in the student race and origin.
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Student age distribution
Graduate students' ages may vary a lot from program to program, and we can only provide this statistic as a total for all graduate programs. In general, if the colors in the time chart lean towards lighter turquoise, you can surmise that this school is attracting students soon after they've completed their undergraduate degrees.
Age range
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School Finances
Chicago Theological Seminary: What its budget can tell you about classroom quality
Where a school spends and collects its money can suggest a lot about the educational experience it offers. The tabs below offer a look at spending that is important for the quality of your experience if you attend.
Instructional spending
Student services spending
Research spending
Context and trends: Instructional expenditures per student
Instructional expenses are primarily the salary and benefits paid to the heart of a school: its full-time instructors. High expenditures in this area suggest care in hiring enough highly qualified full-time faculty to provide personal attention and up-to-date subject-area excellence.
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Chart explanation
Chicago Theological Seminary
On the blue curve, we see how the instructional expenses per student at Chicago Theological Seminary have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the instructional expenses per student for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
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Does incoming revenue consistently cover expenses?

Chicago Theological Seminary is a private not-for-profit school. Along with publicly-controlled schools, not-for-profit schools do not have the goal of annual profit, but they do want to have healthy finances with adequate revenue to meet all expenses. On the other hand, private for-profit schools have creating a profit for shareholders as an annual goal.

Total revenue and expenses by category
We divided revenue and expenses for Chicago Theological Seminary into categories to give some insight to what may have influenced peaks and ditches in the chart above. The purple shades correspond most directly to student education. The blue shades, auxiliary expenses and revenue, are often related to room and board. We show investment gains and losses in apricot.
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Tuition and fees revenue
Government appropriations etc.
Private and capital gifts
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Auxilliary expenses
Instructional expenses
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The power of a large endowment
Related to the previous question of whether the annual revenue stream is stable is the question, "How deep are this school's pockets?" For many schools, a major source of annual income is investment growth. Schools with large endowments have a built-in revenue stream, although you'll see in the accompanying graphs that this revenue stream is highly dependent on the nation's economy. You can choose how to examine the depth of Chicago Theological Seminary's resources by selecting from the buttons below.
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Net Assets
Total Endowment
Endowment Growth Rate
Net Assets Per Student

Here we examine assets at Chicago Theological Seminary in context, and it seems most fair to adjust for the size of the institution. We examine the assets per full-time-equivalent student so that we level the playing field for size.

There's a catch to these assets, though. Many gifts to a school's endowment have strings attached; the money is restricted to a specific purpose. Assets shown in green below are unrestricted, and are very important to a school's ability to meet its financial obligations. Some assets are the land and buildings that a school must have in order to function, and these may appear as green (unrestricted assets) but are nonetheless less helpful in meeting annual financial commitments. This look at assets is only a piece of the puzzle as we decide if a school is stable.

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Context: 2019 net assets per student