Certificate Program

Who should consider a certificate?

The certificate is a good study option for those with one of the following goals:

  • students have would like to complete a focused course of study along side a full-degree in another discipline.
  • students who would like to enrich their ministry in a particular area like spiritual direction or chaplaincy, or gain a broad base of basic knowledge in the disciplines of seminary.
  • students who do not have an undergraduate degree but wish to obtain a seminary degree.

What is the curriculum?

  • 24 semester hours of study
  • Certificate in ministry leadership- focused on development of particular ministry competencies and skills
  • Certificate in theological studies- focused on enrichment through theological and academic disciplines
  • Certificate in theology for peacebuilding- focused on the theory and practice of conflict transformation as well as biblical and theological perspectives in peacebuilding. Nine credit hours will be completed in the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and 15 credits will be completed in the seminary. Additional information is available here. (Credits in the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding are charged at the tuition rate for CJP)

Certificate for those without an undergraduate degree

The following are requirements for those without an undergraduate degree who wish to enter a degree program:

  • Must be at least 35 years of age
  • Must have at least 5 years of ministry experience (this could include lay ministry)
  • Only for certificate in theological studies or certificate in ministry leadership

Upon completion of 24 credits hours with a GPA of 2.5 or higher the credits earned will be applied toward a master of divinity or master of arts in church leadership degree. Students without an undergraduate degree will not be accepted into the master of arts in religion degree.