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Black Church Studies

Engage in ministries of compassion, mercy, justice, and reconciliation.

Interested in receiving an overview of the program with specific courses, costs, and academic plans?

Stackable Curriculum - Certificate to Master’s

Northeastern Seminary’s Black Church Studies certificate program is designed for students who want to deepen their understanding of the history, theology, and biblical interpretation unique to the Black Church. The certificate program is designed to equip men and women to be scholars, church practitioners, and transformative leaders in urban or suburban congregations and other settings within African American culture and beyond.

Graduates of the certificate may go on to complete an M.A. or M.Div. without losing any credits with Northeastern Seminary's stackable curriculum.

Step 1: Certificate in Black Church Studies

Your Black Church Studies education develops the ministry skills to become a change agent in your ministry context.

Step 2: Master of Arts

Continue your education with another stackable block of courses to receive a Master of Arts degree in Ministry Practice or Theological Studies.

Step 3: Master of Divinity

Complete the requirements for service as a chaplain when you assemble multiple stackable competency blocks to earn your Master of Divinity with a Black Church Studies concentration.

18 credits, online & Part time options

Seminary course on Black Church Studies

Engage in ministries of compassion, mercy, reconciliation, justice, and love in Black faith communities. You will explore the history, theology, and biblical interpretation unique to the Black Church experience. You will be taught tools to apply authentic, critical, and responsible interpretation and use of Scripture in the Black Church experience.

By examining the historical place of the Black Church, you’ll be better equipped to address individual and systemic injustice in local and global contexts. This program is an excellent option for those who seek to be prepared and equipped to pursue further academic scholarship in the field of the Black Church experience and social justice.

This 18-credit program can be completed in 2 years, or seamlessly use credits from the certificate program towards a Master of Arts degree. Need flexibility as a working adult? Northeastern Seminary strives to make our seminary experience as flexible as possible. This 18-credit ministry degree can be completed 100% online with occasional options to take an onsite class in Rochester, New York. Students can also select a full-time or part-time schedule to accommodate career and family commitments.

Advanced Certificate Program Tuition

Cost for Black Church Studies

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Total Program Sticker Price:

Less than 15% of students
pay this amount

98% of students who applied
for a scholarship received one


To equip students to practice ministry that is wisely and faithfully responsive to the constantly changing contexts of our culture and world

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The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education, which stops with efficiency, may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals. We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.”

Martin Luther King Jr.