Graduate Certificate In Pastoral Ministry
The Graduate Certificate Option includes core theology courses, ministerial formation and advising support. The program is both academic and pastoral in approach and is designed for people who wish to integrate theology and practice.
The Graduate Certificate is an excellent option for those who want to study theology and pastoral ministry at the graduate level, but who may not want (or need) to complete a full MA degree. Graduates may choose to complete the full degree at a later date.
The Graduate Certificate Option consists of 10 designated courses in the MAPM track, Mentoring, supervised Field Education, theological reflection and a Capstone Project in Ministry. The ministerial formation components are described here. Ministerial Formation
The outstanding Graduate Certificate faculty is drawn from the seminary faculty and from diocesan leadership positions. Typically, each course meets for ten weeks and carries 3 quarter credits. Evening and Saturday morning courses meet once each week for 2 hours and 40 minutes. In some cases, certain classes may be taken during the day. These classes typically meet twice each week for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Graduate Certificate Option Courses:
- Faith Dimensions for Ministry
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- People Skills for Pastoral Leaders
- Church History
- The Church (Ecclesiology)
- Moral Theology
- Catholic Social Teaching
- Sacramental Theology
Completion of this program leaves 8 courses remaining for the full MAPM-two required courses and 6 electives.
The completed Graduate Certificate fulfills the prerequisites for application to the Permanent Diaconate formation for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Courses may be applied to certification or continuing education for catechists, Directors of Religious Education and Youth and Young Adult Ministers.
By taking two classes per quarter, it is possible to complete the Graduate Certificate in 2 years. Participants wishing to serve the Church in a public capacity, or who are discerning a call to the permanent diaconate must be in full communion with the Catholic Church and able to minister fruitfully and faithfully within the structure of the hierarchical Church. Members of other faith traditions are welcome to apply to the program, understanding that the theology and pastoral ministry reflects the stance and teachings of the Catholic Church.
The Graduate Certificate Option classes are part of the MAPM curriculum and meet at the main campus in Mount Washington.
Read about the Application Process here.