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Course Platform
The course platform for the self-paced material is accessible through a web browser. There is nothing to download. Supported browsers include the two most recent versions of Google Chrome, Edge, Safari, and Firefox. Other browsers (e.g. Opera, Internet Explorer, older versions of the supported browsers) are not supported and may not function well. Your computer or mobile device must be able to run the most recent versions of browsers. Internet speeds of 4 Mbps and higher are recommended. 

Live Sessions
The Live Sessions with faculty and the small group discussions with teaching assistants use Zoom. See the Zoom Help Center documentation for system requirements and troubleshooting.

Anyone engaged in Christian ministry, volunteer or professional, who has not previously earned a Master’s degree in theology (M.T.S., M.Div. or similar), is welcome to apply. Post-secondary education is preferred.

Information about how to apply and dates for the upcoming application cycle is found here.

The Certificate in Theology and Ministry program is a non-degree program.  No academic credit is awarded. Those who successfully complete the program receive a certificate and letter detailing the work completed.  

Upon completion of the CTM program, you will be a certificate holder, not a graduate or alum of Princeton Theological Seminary.

  • To complete the program and be awarded a certificate, you must Successfully complete all steps of each learning module on time.
  • Actively participate in group discussions in the course platform each week.
  • Attend and participate in the Live sessions with faculty. You are allowed three excused absences. (All three absences may not be in the same course.)
  • Demonstrate understanding of course material in written Case Study reflections.
  • Complete the Midterm on time and receive a “pass” in order to proceed to the third course.
  • Complete the Final on time and receive a “pass”.
  • Participation in the live small groups is optional.

    The Certificate in Theology and Ministry is offered Pass/Fail.

    The Midterm and Final are assessed on a 1–10 point system using three criteria – Understanding of the subject (4 points), Complexity of treatment of the material (3 points), and Creativity displayed in your execution (3 points).   A passing grade is a 6 or higher.

You can expect to spend 8 – 12 hours/week on the course material. Most of that time is spent working through the material on the self-paced course platform. There are 13 required Live sessions with faculty that meet Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. eastern time. You may be excused from up to 3. There is one optional live small group discussion per core course that meet at various times during the fourth week of each core course.

Those who successfully complete all course work with a passing grade will receive a printed, personalized Certificate. Certificates arrive in the mail 2 – 3 weeks after grades are submitted.

The Certificate in Theology and Ministry is a program of the Office of Continuing Education at Princeton Theological Seminary. Completion of the program should be noted:

Princeton Theological Seminary
Office of Continuing Education
Certificate in Theology and Ministry
[Cohort Start Season (Fall/Spring) and Start Year]

You will need to purchase the following four books for the program:

Thinking Theologically, Eric D. Barreto (Fortress Press 2015)
About the Bible: Short Answers to Big Questions  Revised and Expanded Edition, Terence Fretheim (Augsburg Books 2009)
The Story Luke Tells: Luke’s Unique Witness to the Gospel, Justo L. Gonzalez (Eerdmans 2015)
Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the Ancient Faith, Ronald E. Heine (Baker Academic 2013)

Payment: Upon admission to the program, you will receive an email with a link to pay on line. Payment in full by September 23, 2019 is required to begin the course on October 7, 2019.

Refunds: A full refund, less a $15 processing fee, will be given if requested at least 10 business days prior to the start of the program. A refund of 50% will be given if requested within 10 days of the start of the program. There are no refunds given on or after the course start date.

We do not keep a deferment or rollover list. If you decide you need to delay your participation until the next year, you will need to reapply. You are encouraged to note, in the new application, that you were previously admitted but needed to delay participation.

The program is not for academic credit.  Those who fulfill all of the requirements of the program earn a certificate of completion indicating they earned six continuing education units (C.E.U.s) for the sixty hours of course time.