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James Waddell

Director of the Masters Program

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies


The Certificate in Theological Studies is ideally suited for those who want a well rounded and advanced theological education, but do not need or desire a degree. The certificate program consists of the major core courses of the Master of Arts Program and meets at Ecumenical Theological Seminary.

This 36 quarter hour program is designed for people who want to deepen and enrich their spiritual life through theological study or are exploring their call to ministry, or who want some limited ministerial training but are not seeking a Master of Divinity Degree.

To receive a Certificate in Theological Studies, a total of eight required courses from the masters’ level curriculum must be completed in addition to one elective from any area. In case of special interest or circumstances some course substitutions may be made in consultation with and on the recommendation of your faculty advisor.

Application Information

Our recruitment team and admissions personnel are ready to assist you. To apply for the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry Program, please prepare and submit the following:

  • Complete an On-line Application

  • Two signed Letters of Recommendation

  • Resume, or Biographical Sketch

  • Official transcript of credits from all educational institutions attended

Email directly to

Aarti Ahuja


An interview with the Program Director may be required based on an evaluation of your completed admission file. The final admission decision will be made by the Admissions Committee on a rolling basis.


The Certificate in Theological Studies program requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution. This degree may be in any field.