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Advanced Certificate

Scripture, Theology, & Ministry

Grow as an effective, Biblically-minded leader in service and ministry.

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

Customize Your Seminary Degree

Stackable Curriculum - Certificate to Master’s

At Northeastern Seminary, you will grow as an effective, Biblically-minded leader in service and ministry through innovative online and classroom experiences in the certificate program. Develop a deeper understanding of the significant connection between Scripture, Theology, and effective Ministry in courses that are Biblically-based, expertly taught, and holistically supported.

  • Recognize the primacy of Scripture for Christian faith and life.
  • Use scriptural and theological reflection faithfully in contexts of ministry.
  • Design and implement strategic initiatives in your ministry contexts.

Upon completion of your course of study, you will earn an accredited certificate that can be highlighted on your resume and LinkedIn profile or applied toward one of Northeastern's Master's programs.

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 or through classes in Rochester, New York in as little as one year. Our students can also select a full-time or part-time schedule to accommodate career and family commitments.

Step 1: Certificate in Scripture, Theology, & Ministry

In this program, you will grow as an effective, Biblically-minded leader in service and ministry through innovative online and classroom experiences in the certificate program.

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.

18 credits, online & Part time options

Customize Your Seminary Degree

By enrolling in this advanced certificate program, you have three options for a path. You can design a course of study for your ministry context by selecting any six courses from Northeastern Seminary's master's-level curriculum.

You can also complete pre-assigned classes to meet your denomination or organizational requirement, part of Northeastern Seminary's Partner Program.

Or, you can choose a prepared track to complete a prepared course of study that will equip you with the skills needed for success in that area.

Advanced Certificate Program Tuition

Cost for Scripture, Theology, & Ministry

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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

Respect-filled Community

To affirm and learn from each person in our richly diverse community of faith, regardless of such distinctives as denominational affiliation, ethnicity, gender, or age

Learn more about our online masters programs

An advanced certificate may be the perfect option if you are interested in lifelong learning, developing new skills to complement your gifts and ministry, or are looking to experience theological education before committing the time and financial investment in a Master's degree program.

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The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."

Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC