Certificate Programs

Christian Theological Seminary offers three certificates for lay people who do not necessarily need or want a full academic degree.
• Lay Ministerial Studies
• Lay Theological Studies
• Spirituality and Psychotherapy

Students must hold a baccalaureate or its educational equivalent from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association. The seminary will admit only a limited number of students who do not possess a baccalaureate degree.

To apply for admission to the certificate programs in Lay Ministerial Studies or Lay Theological Studies, students must submit to the registrar’s office a completed application form, a one-page essay describing their reasons for pursuing the certificate program, and a letter of recommendation from their pastor/rabbi or a college or university professor.

To apply for admission to the certificate program in Spirituality and Psychotherapy, students must submit to the registrar’s office a completed application form (link to form), a one-page essay describing their reasons for pursuing the certificate program, and an official transcript certifying that they hold a master’s degree from an accredited counseling program.

Certificate in Lay Theological Studies (6 courses, 18 semester hours)
• Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (B-501)
• Introduction to the New Testament (B-502)
• Systematic and Philosophical Theology course
• History of Global Christianity course
• Christianity and Culture course
• One elective in Bible, Theology, History, or Christianity and Culture

Certificate in Lay Ministerial Studies (6 courses, 18 semester hours)
• Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (B-501)
• Introduction to the New Testament (B-502)
• Systematic and Philosophical Theology course
• History of Global Christianity course
• Two in one of the following fields: Christianity and Culture, Christian Ministries, Pastoral Theology and Psychology

Certificate in Spirituality and Psychotherapy (6 courses, 18 semester hours)

• Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (B-501) or Introduction to the New Testament (B-502)
• P-632: Cultural Foundations and Dimensions of Healing
• P-634: Theological Perspectives on Pastoral and Spiritual Care
• Systematic and Philosophical Theology Course
• Christianity and Culture Course
• Pastoral Theology and Psychology Course

Courses taken for credit under the certificate program may be eligible for transfer to future degree programs at CTS.