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2015 Certificate in Theology and Ministry

January - November 2015
"We are no longer accepting applications for the 2015 program". Please contact us at [email protected] to learn about future online offerings.



The “Certificate in Theology and Ministry” is a six-part series of online courses taught by Princeton Seminary Faculty. The courses include Biblical Studies, Theology, Practical Theology, and Ethics. The program is intended for ministerial and personal enrichment. Students who complete all requirements will be awarded a “Certificate in Theology and Ministry,” carrying six Continuing Education Units from the department of Continuing Education. Though challenging, the courses are not taught at graduate-level intensity and do not carry graduate-level academic credit.

Who Should Apply?

The Certificate in Theology and Ministry is designed for those who are engaged in leadership in some form of ministry and would benefit from theological study. Past certificate students include bible study leaders, elders, deacons, Christian educators, minsters, youth directors, lay pastors, worship leaders, ushers, and Sunday school teachers. The minimum education requirement is a high school diploma or equivalent. Some higher education is preferred but not required. The program is not intended for those who already have a seminary degree.

Faculty and Courses




January / February
Dennis Olson, Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology
Old Testament Resources for Faith and Life
February / March
Dale Allison, Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament
The New Testament
April / May
Bo Karen Lee, Associate Professor of Spirituality and Historical Theology
Forgiveness and Reconciliation




May / June
Ellen Charry, Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Systematic Theology
Theology for Faith and Life
September / October
Robert C. Dykstra
Charlotte W. Newcombe
Professor of Pastoral Theology
Pastoral Care
October / November
Geddes Hanson, Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Congregational Ministry Emeritus
Congregational Leadership: It's a Thinker's Ministry

What is the Commitment?

The Certificate in Theology and Ministry is an eleven-month program of study. Each course meets weekly online on Thursday evenings from 7 PM to 9 PM. In most cases, courses will last for five weeks, with a total of 10 hours of live instruction and discussion. All students will have 24 - hour access to the certificate website, which will include archived recordings of the class sessions, digital versions of assigned readings, a discussion forum for students, related multimedia content, and the ability to submit assignments, check on one’s progress, etc. Optional live online precepts with the teaching assistants are also offered.

Application Process

Applications to participate in the 2015 Certificate in Theology and Ministry program will be accepted through November 1, 2014. The application must be completed and submitted online. Click here to begin your application. You may save your work and return to finish the application as needed. Only applications that are complete and submitted by 11:59 pm November 1, 2014 will be reviewed for admission to the program. Applicants will be notified about admittance into the program by November 17, 2014. Registration information will be included with acceptance notifications.

Inside/Outside Cohort

Princeton Theological Seminary is working with the chaplain supervisor of a prison in our region to form a cohort group of incarcerated (inside) and community (outside) certificate students who will learn with and from one another. CTM–Inside emphasizes collaboration and dialogue among all participants in order to foster an educational environment that is both personally and communally transformative. If you live in the greater Princeton area and would be interested in participating in the certificate program as part of an inside/outside group of students, please email us and indicate your interest on your application.


The fee to participate online is $500. Payment will be requested after admittance to the program. The fee covers all six courses and must be received by Princeton Theological Seminary on or before December 15, 2014.

Students will also be responsible for purchasing about one book per course. Other readings will be provided at no additional cost.

Registration is subject to the Seminary’s Registration and Cancellation Policy. For more information or with questions, call the Erdman Center at 609-497-7990 or send an e-mail.