What is the Doctor of Professional Graduate Certificate?

Professional Graduate
Certificate in Ministry

The Graduate Certificate is an excellent way to continue your theological training. The Professional Graduate Certificate Program has three unique benefits: 1) Early Entry: Students can begin work toward a Professional Doctoral degree even if they have not met the post-master's degree ministry experience requirement. The certificate program allows students to complete up to eleven hours, one workshop and three seminars, which can be transferred or applied toward a D.Ed.Min. or D.Min. degree, 2) Specialized Training: Ministry professionals who desire to improve or learn new skills can participate in seminars designed around ministry specializations. Each seminar challenges students with a balanced study of theories, principles, and practices, and 3) Personal Growth: Enjoy the exposure to new ideas, peer relationships, and cross discipline study. 



  • MDiv, MACE, or other ministry-related master's degrees or equivalent
  • 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA


Click here for the list of specializations

Certificate Program Requirements


Program Overview and Research Writing 2 hours


3 Seminars 9 hours

Three seminars from one specialization or
student's choice of any three seminars (must meet any seminar prerequisites)


Students must obtain a grade of "B" or better in order to receive credit for the seminars.

Students who desire to apply for and continue their work toward a Professional Doctoral degree should expect a personal evaluation and academic recommendation. Qualifying students will be considered as candidates for admission into the degree programs. Students who complete a Professional Graduate Certificate are not guaranteed entrance into the Doctor of Ministry or Doctor of Educational Ministry Programs, nor are they guaranteed that their classes will transfer if approved at a later date. 


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