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Degree Programs / Certificate in Theological Studies

Certificate in Theological Studies

The Certificate in Theological Studies is designed for individuals who want to deepen and enrich their spiritual life through theological study, who are exploring their call to ministry, or who want enhancement of their theological knowledge in service to the church. Classes taken for the Certificate in Theological Studies are eligible to be applied to the MDiv or MAPM should the student choose to enter either of those programs.

Program Information

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.

Program Requirements

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

Admission Requirements

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 Online Application

  • Two signed Letters of Recommendation

  • Resume, or Biographical Sketch

  • Official transcript of credits from all educational institutions attended

  • Email directly to Brandon Grafius (

  • 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.

Registration Deadlines

UMD/Masters Registration Deadline

November 29, 2021

Admissions Deadline

December 1, 2021

Last Day to Drop Classes (without financial penalty)

January 11, 2021

DMin Registration Deadline

January 26, 2021

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James Waddell

Director of the Masters Programs

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

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