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Certificate In Ministry (CIM)

The Certificate in Ministry is a primarily online program for church leaders and others seeking substantive theological education but who are not planning to pursue study in a degree program. Seven courses are required to complete the certificate program.

Anyone who seeks theological preparation for church leadership or wishes to enrich his/her personal theological understanding will be well-served by the CIM program. In particular, the CIM may meet requirements for Commissioned Ruling Elders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and for leadership in other Christian traditions.


  • Church History  
  • Theology 
  • Worship and Preaching (online with some on campus instruction)
  • Christian Education (online with some on campus instruction)
  • Pastoral Care and Leadership  
  • PC(USA) Polity  
  • Introducing Christian Ethics  
  • Evangelism
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Additional courses are in development


Spring 2019
Application for Admission Deadline is January 25, 2019

CIM.02R Reading the Bible Theologically, Professor Cindy Rigby
CIM.07E  PC (USA) Polity, Professor Paul Hooker


Fall 2019
Application for Admission Deadline is July 12, 2019

CIM.04R Christian Education, Professor David White 
CIM.05R  Pastoral Care and Leadership, Professor Chuck Mendenhall


If you are interested in this program, please click on the "Application" link below. Please allow up to two weeks to process your application. Once you have been admitted to the program, you will be emailed information to register from the Office of Ministerial Formation and Advanced Studies (OMFAS)

Download the application on the "Apply Now" page

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