The Certificate program is jointly administered by the Graduate Program in Theology and the Center for Pastoral Ministry Education. It is independent of the M.A. in Theology degree program and it combines academic studies in theology and pastoral ministry with practical training in ministerial contexts.
It consists of a total of 18 credit hours:
- 6 credit hours in Pastoral Ministry and Counseling Practice (i.e., practicum).
- 12 credit hours in Religious/Theological Education, Interfaith Studies, and Systematic/Fundamental Theology.
Students may be enrolled in the Certificate program only or pursue it in combination with the M.A. in theology degree program or another masters degree program.
While the Campus Ministry Internship reguires that students be simultaneously enrolled in the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry, the certificate is not limited only to students within the in internship. Students who do not have a residential ministerial placement within Campus Ministry can pursue this certificate and be given a non-residential ministerial placement within Campus Ministry to fulfill the practicum component of the certificate.
Practicum supervisors within the Center for Pastoral Ministry Education will assist students enrolled in this certificate in establishing their practicum placements. If a student is already engaged in professional ministry (whether full-time or part-time) the practicum supervisors may allow that ministry to serve as the student's practicum placement.