Graduate Certificate Programs
Graduate Certificate in Adaptive and Innovative Ministry
The Graduate Certificate in Adaptive and Innovative Ministry forms pioneer leaders attentive to God and God’s world. Participants will learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and their communities, will practice leading teams in discerning God’s activity, and will engage regular rhythms of spiritual practice to renew their own souls and enable deeper discernment in their own life and calling. Accompanied by a cohort learning community and mentored by experienced missional leaders, students in the Graduate Certificate in Adaptive and Innovative Ministry program learn from both academics and practitioners. Our hybrid online and intensive classes allow leaders to set apart time to grow in missional and intellectual formation while staying rooted in their context. The Certificate is offered through the Seminary's Center for Adaptive and Innovative Ministry.
Unfortunately, international students are not yet able to enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Adaptive and Innovative Ministry.
Graduate Certificate in Ministry
Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Ministry receive a foundational understanding of ministry equipping them for broad service to the church. Required courses include theology or history; Bible; and two Preaching and Communications, Introduction to Caring Ministry, or other Ministry Studies courses. The certificate is ideal for persons serving churches as Sunday School teachers, deacons, and elders, plus women and men who want to expand their knowledge of Scripture. When taking two courses per semester, the program can be completed in one year.
Graduate Certificate in Missional Leadership
To prepare students for leadership in congregations or other agencies, the Seminary offers the Graduate Certificate in Missional Leadership. Women and men study church history or theology, the Bible, contextual analysis, and missional leadership. The certificate is ideal for persons serving churches and non-profit organizations involved in mission work. Students receive broad preparation in evangelism and are therefore equipped for international missions. When taking two courses per semester, the program can be completed in one year.
Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies
The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies provides students with a general introduction to theological inquiry. Students take four required courses—church history, theology, Bible, and an elective. This certificate is a great foray into deepening one’s understanding of biblical, theological, and historical concepts relevant to the church. The certificate is ideal for persons who want to expand their knowledge of Scripture. When taking two courses per semester, the program can be completed in one year.
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 and evening. Pittsburgh Seminary alums who have completed certain courses within the last 10 years may qualify for advance standing. This program is offered through the Seminary's Metro-Urban Institute and can be completed as a stand-alone certificate program or combined with any of the master's degrees.
Non-Credit Certificate Program
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.