Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Ministry
For the ministry Practitioner
The Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Ministry is for the ministry practitioner who wants to increase their knowledge and skills in pastoral ministry without committing to a full degree program.
This program is the ideal first step for those without a bachelor’s degree or looking for an on-ramp to a master’s degree.
Years to Finish
In person or Online
Available in Spanish
Who should consider a Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Ministry?
Those who work in non-profit or church ministry.
Those who work in education either within a church or Christian school.
Still undecided about your specific career pathway? This degree is a perfect place to start.
Courses can be taken one at a time to fit within students’ schedules. No bachelor’s degree is required.
These four required courses can be taken in any order:
- New Testament Foundations
- Old Testament Foundations
- Theology for Ministry – or – Systematic Theology 1
- Church History II
No Bachelor's Degree?
Introduction to Theological Research will be required of all students who do not have a bachelor’s degree, its equivalent, or are admitted on academic probation.
Twelve credits of electives provide students the flexibility to focus on their learning interests. Options include:
- Foundations of the Christian Life
- Worship Foundations
- Preaching Foundations
- Christian Interior Life
- Christian Life & Mission
- Practice of Counsel & Care
- Leading Christian Communities
- RCA Standards & Polity
- Take a look at the various courses available.
Soul Care Concentration
Western Theological Seminary offers its students the opportunity to engage in a retreat that is designed to re-fill their souls. Through our partnership with The Soul Care Institute (SCI), students can embark on a two-year journey of a group of peers meeting once every four months (six times over two years). Each retreat is filled with wisdom from experienced teachers, time to recover stillness, and encouragement from spiritual directors and peers.
WTS welcomes transfer students and transferred coursework. Contact Admissions to learn more.
Are you an In-Person Learner?
Courses are completed at our Holland, MI campus. Students who take courses primarly in person tend to:
Prefer the physical environment of the classroom
Enjoy regular face-to-face interaction with professors and peers
Need a consistent class schedule and structured learning formats
Be committed to completing the degree in 2 years
Already live in West Michigan or are interested in moving to West Michigan
Plan to work part-time or less
Are you an Online Learner?
Online Learning is available to students in West Michigan and around the world. As an Online Learning student, you would typically:
Be a self-motivated, independent learner.
Wants the flexibility of organizing your own learning schedule.
Need maximum flexibility to fit school around your other commitments
Desire to stretch your degree out over many years
Live more than 150 miles from Holland, MI.
Plan to work full time while in school.
Our application process is all online. Create an account, select your degree program, fill out the required form and wait for an email. Have questions? Email us at email@example.com.
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Tuition rates vary for different programs and degrees. At WTS, we understand that finances can be a major concern for prospective students. That’s why we offer a variety of scholarships and loan options.
2023–2024 Academic Calendar
Fall Semester (starts late August)
Application fee waived for Fall semester MDiv and MA applications!
Deadline for international students
To ensure housing and best financial aid opportunities
Final application deadline for fall start
spring Semester (starts Early January)