Cooperative Programs

TEDS is a member of both the Northside Chicago Theological Institute (NCTI) and the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS).

Cooperative Program: Educational Consortia

TEDS is a member of both the Northside Chicago Theological Institute (NCTI) and the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS). Full-time Trinity master’s students in good standing and enrolled in a degree program may register for courses in any of the member schools and pay Trinity’s tuition charge.

Northside Chicago Theological Institute (NCTI)

NCTI represents a consortium of theological seminaries on the north side of Chicago. The following schools are members of NCTI:
  • Episcopal: Bexley Seabury Chicago, Chicago
  • Evangelical Covenant: North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago
  • Evangelical Free Church: Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield
  • Roman Catholic: University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein
  • United Methodist: Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston
Each fall semester ST 6011 The Church and Its Mission and each spring semester ID 6012 Prayer and Life in the Spirit are offered cooperatively in ecumenical mode by NCTI.

Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS)

ACTS includes NCTI members as well as the following schools:
  • American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.: Northern Seminary, Lisle
  • Ecumenical: Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of America: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
  • Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.: McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago
  • Roman Catholic: Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
  • Unitarian Universalist: Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago
ACTS seminaries’ cross-registration policy enables TEDS students to choose from more than 750 courses offered at these schools. Current course listings may be found on the ACTS website. Go to >>
ACTS also sponsors a number of clusters and cooperative activities that further broaden educational opportunities for TEDS students. The following may be of particular interest to TEDS students: the Urban Clinical Pastoral Education Program (part of the national CPE program focusing on urban and public ministry); the Language Program at the Hyde Park Cluster (providing noncredit French, German, Latin, Spanish, Greek for those doing academic research); the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE—providing programs for those anticipating urban ministry as a vocation); the ACTS Library Council, which enables TEDS students to access and check out 1.7 million volumes in the ACTS libraries.

International Partnerships

Jerusalem University College

Jerusalem University College
4249 East State St., Suite 203, Rockford IL 61108-2045
Phone: 815.229.5900
Fax: 815.229.5901
In Israel: 011.972.2.671.8628
Trinity’s membership in Jerusalem University College (JUC) provides students with the opportunity of supplementing their campus studies with study in the Holy Land. JUC offers both undergraduate and graduate courses designed to introduce students to the Near East, to provide introduction and advanced training in the languages and literatures of that area from antiquity to the present, and to contribute to the understanding of Near Eastern cultures and peoples in other times as well as in the present. JUC’s staff has been recruited from the faculties of the Hebrew University and the University of Tel Aviv.
Archaeological and geographical field trips supplement the classroom lectures. In class and on the field, students are in constant contact with specialists and with the land whose geography, archaeology, and history are being studied.
A special opportunity is also available for Trinity students to study in the Holy Land every two years. We conduct a three-week study tour of Israel, which involves instruction from one of our professors, who leads the tour.

Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology

TEDS’s partnership with Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST) in Nairobi, Kenya involves three forms of collaboration: faculty exchange, doctoral student exchange, and partnership in common scholarship projects; as well as some shared administrative services. The intent of the partnership is mutual benefit, for the fulfillment of the institutional missions, and the strengthening and maturation of both institutions.

Torch Trinity Graduate University

Torch Trinity Graduate University
70 Baumero 31-Gil, Seocho-Gu, Seoul, 06752, Korea
Phone: +82.2.570.7372
Fax: +82.2.570.7379
Email: [email protected]
Trinity has reciprocal articulation agreements with the Torch Trinity Graduate University (TTGU) in Seoul, Korea, which allow TEDS students to take master’s-level courses at TTGU and subsequently transfer approved units to TEDS. TTGU curricula have been closely patterned on those of TEDS, and courses are taught in English and Korean by resident and visiting faculty, many of whom have adjunct faculty status at Trinity International University. Full-time Deerfield TEDS faculty regularly teach at TTGU in both resident and visiting faculty capacities. Study in this context is recommended for those who feel called to ministry in Asia. The Torch Trinity Graduate University is approved by the Ministry of Education of the South Korean government and is accredited to offer master’s-level degrees, including the MDiv. TTGU’s academic programs are based on a curricular philosophy that is congruent with TEDS. From its inception in March 1998, TTGU has been regarded as a valued partner in graduate theological education with Trinity.

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity (CBHD)

2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield IL 60015 USA
Phone: 847.317.818017
Fax: 847.317.8101
Email: [email protected]
The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity was established in 1994 to bring biblical-Christian perspectives to bear on current and emerging bioethical challenges. Its mission is to explore the nexus of biomedicine, biotechnology, and our common humanity. Such challenges include genetics, end-of-life decisions, abortion, reproductive technologies, and managed care, among many other issues. A membership program gives people access to the international journal Ethics and Medicine, the Center’s newsletter Dignitas, and a variety of internet resources, as well as discounted access to conferences.
Conferences in non-U.S. locations, such as: Seoul, South Korea: Bioethics Challenges for Professionals and the Public Port-au-Prince, Haiti: AIDS and End-of-Life Care Bratislava, Slovakia: Professional Integrity and Resource Scarcity in Health Care Brussels, Belgium: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and the Alternatives
Multimedia resources to assist people in grappling with tough bioethical issues: Audios & Videos: Hundreds of topical audio CDs, cassettes, and online media by a diverse group of national and international experts in bioethics; many available in video format. Books & Booklets Internet: Websites, Internet Newsblog, weekly podcasts, and regular free Internet publications to inform international understanding, dialogue, and collaboration on bioethical challenges.

Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding (HCTU)

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield IL 60015 USA
Phone: 847.317.8066
Email: [email protected]
The Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding (HCTU) is a ministry aimed at bridging the gap that all too often divides the academy and the church. The HCTU conducts a number of programs aimed at producing collaborative work between ministers, professionals, academics, and seminary faculty. The goal of this partnership is to advance Christian wisdom in all areas of life and thought—in short, to enable people to apply the knowledge of God and themselves gleaned from Scripture in the rough and tumble of life. The work of the Center is thus aimed at promoting gospel-centered thinking and living with others—from a variety of ethnic and social backgrounds—for the glory of God, the good of his church, and the welfare of the world. The Center produces a number of publications, audio lectures, and video interviews available on their website.


  • Christ on Campus Initiative: This series of publications is aimed at producing top-notch Christian scholarship on the most important issues related to college students.
  • Creation Project: The Creation Project is founded upon the belief that a revitalized doctrine of creation plays a vital, yet neglected role towards greater humility and new insights in our pursuit of ultimate reality.
  • Deerfield Dialogue Group: This gathering of TEDS faculty members is to enhance scholarship and discuss one another’s research.
  • Faculty Initiatives: TEDS faculty members are awarded annual grants for the purpose of conducting conferences and summer workshops aimed at the mission of the Center.
  • Hansen Fellowships: Every year three TEDS PhD students are awarded a $10,000 tuition scholarship based on vocational and research interests related to the Center.
  • Kantzer Lectures in Revealed Theology: This series occurs every two years and takes a more academic approach to the contemporary issues in theology.
  • Sapientia: An online periodical of the Henry Center. In an age dominated by specialized knowledge, Sapientia promotes lived truth and applied knowledge.
  • Scripture and Ministry Lecture Series: This series occurs four times annually and takes a more practical approach toward bridging the gap between theologians and ministry practitioners.
  • Timothy Series: This series celebrates the calling to the pastorate and features seasoned pastors sharing their personal ministry experience and advice to TEDS seminary students.
  • Trinity Debates: This series features expert presentations and open discussion as a forum for discussing challenging issues related to the church, theology, and the Christian life.

Office of Extension & Affiliated Education

Emanuel Naydenov, Director
Phone: 847.317.6552 Email: [email protected]
Extension Sites: See Our Extension Sites >>
TEDS offers two ideal paths for nontraditional students (those students who cannot relocate to our Deerfield campus) who are interested in pursuing a program marked by breadth, depth, and flexibility: the Master of Arts in Theological Studies and the Certificate in Christian Studies.