Equipping leaders for specialized ministry
Because the mission of God’s people calls for many forms of specialized ministries, Luther Seminary is committed to offering non-degree and graduate certificate programs for students. Each program offers a flexible balance between a grounding in the classical theological disciplines, concentration in one’s chosen area, and elective courses taken from any area of the curriculum.
Graduate certificate programs are comprised of eight courses. The programs are designed for students who do not already hold a graduate theological degree (M.A. or M.Div.) and the programs are to be completed in one year of full-time residential study or in two to four years through distributive learning and online courses. Students desiring to apply their course toward a Master of Arts or Master of Divinity degree will be required to complete the application process for those programs. Admission into a Graduate Certificate program does not guarantee admission into a degree program.
Please visit Luther’s Academic Catalog for detailed course information.
Bible, History of Christianity and Systemic Theology
The certificate program in Bible, History of Christianity, and Systematic Theology is designed for people who desire a basic grounding in Christian theology and tradition. A student may concentrate in Old Testament, New Testament, History of Christianity or Systematic Theology or choose a combination of courses in these areas.
Children, Youth, and Family Ministry
The certificate program in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry is designed for people who desire a basic grounding in children, youth and family ministry. A student may concentrate in Children, Youth, Family Ministry or choose a combination of courses in these areas. This certificate may be earned in a distributed learning or residential format.
The Certificate in Christian Ministry prepares students for public leadership in a variety of contexts and roles. This flexible degree, available on campus or online, allows students to concentrate in a particular area of ministry. Or students can take a variety of leadership courses to fit their vocational goals. In addition to classroom learning, this program includes field experiences to help provide on-the-ground leadership development and a capstone ministry project. This certificate may be earned in a distributed learning or residential format.
Leadership and Innovation for Ministry
The Certificate in Leadership and Innovation for Ministry integrates a robust understanding of leadership with theology, innovation and practical tools. Leaders will develop the capacity to assess complex problems and lead adaptive organizational change. They will also gain a deeper awareness of themselves as effective and flexible leaders. The learning will be practical, connected to a variety of ministry-related organizations and collaborative with a number of partners including faculty, students and local practitioners.