Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Certificate Programs

Graduate-Level Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry

The Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry is a flexible year-long program allowing community members and seminarians to explore their Christian vocation in urban settings. This program allows students from all denominations to think about how to apply their faith to where they work, live, and play.

Courses are offered during the day, evening, and weekends. Pittsburgh Seminary alums who have completed certain courses within the last 10 years may qualify for advance standing.

Those seeking the certificate must attain 18 hours of graduate-level course work related to urban ministry with a grade of B or better in each course of the urban focus. One practicum course as well as the Introduction to Urban Ministry class (MU01) are required courses. All others may be taken as electives. Masters degree students will receive credit toward the certificate for their required course Church and Society and must maintain a 2.5 or above overall GPA.

Students interested in this certificate program must have a bachelor's degree and complete the Seminary's standard application for admission process.

New graduate certificate students can take their first class at half price!

Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry.

Non-Degree Certifciate

Spiritual Formation

One of the most significant programs the Office of Continuing Education offers is the Spiritual Formation Certificate (SFC) Program. Started nearly 25 years ago, this cooperative program with Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, Ga.) offers lay persons and pastors the opportunity to enter more deeply into the life of the Spirit.

Completion of this challenging program involves participation in an Immersion Experience, six elective courses, a practicum, and a pilgrimage. The Immersion Experience offers the possibility of in-depth study, prayer, and reflection with a group of like-minded journeyers over a full 2.5 day (24/7) period. Electives are offered as short intensive classes over three full (24/7) days.

Learn more about the SFC Program.