Thanks to innovations in technology, ministry roles and seminary education have changed dramatically over the past several years. Central Seminary recognized and embraced these changes early on and adapted our seminary education and curriculum to fit with 21st-century life. At Central, students have an opportunity to seek God by serving in traditional ministry roles or pursue new and evolving ministry paths that are emerging in the church and beyond.
At Central, we offer several seminary degree programs, including master’s, doctorate, diploma, and continuing education courses. Our accredited theology programs help students develop a foundation of knowledge and experience on which they can apply in a wide variety of church leadership roles. We also have a range of diploma and degree programs for Korean speaking students.
The DMin program at Central Seminary is designed to help students develop into tomorrow’s leaders and innovators in their ministry practice. Ideal for students with a Master of Divinity, or an equivalent degree, who want to prepare for the highest-level opportunities in a wide variety of church and vocational settings.
Master of Divinity program students will be immersed in a dynamic ministry curriculum rooted in classical studies. At Central Seminary, we focus on the theological pillars of formation, interpretation, contextualization, and performance. Course topics, such as diversity, social justice, environmental theology, and creative expression add contemporary relevance to the pillars of this program. As a result of this program, students can be equipped to build a sustainable ministry in today’s rapidly changing global environment.
In the MA in Counseling program, you can prepare to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. The goal of this program is to help students develop the skills and caring disposition counselors need to guide patients with addiction, mental illness, and other issues, on a path of healing and healthy living. Whether you want to counsel youth, adults with addiction, or other populations, this program can prepare you for a licensed role in this field.
The Master of Arts (Theological Studies) focuses on helping students improve their research and communication-based knowledge and skills. The program also provides opportunities to strengthen their interpersonal and leadership contexts. Students also choose between two areas of emphasis: Biblical Studies or Peacemaking/Reconciliation, which culminates in a capstone project.
Students in the MA in Missional Church Studies will develop an understanding of the church's mission in the contemporary setting. A deeper study of Christian ministry in its modern forms prepares women and men to serve in church leadership. Key topics and discussions focus on missional awareness, faith formation in the church, and counseling. In building foundational ministry leadership skills, students can help ministries in their churches and organizations flourish.
Interested in becoming a skilled caregivers for your church and community? Our Master's program prepares Christian caregivers and counselors to offer empathy, listening, and coaching to hurting people. Learn effective helping theories and develop your skills to serve God and others.
Languages: English (Theological Studies) and Korean (Christian Formation)
Take the first step in your seminary education with our Diploma programs. Begin your journey towards ministry roles with a well-balanced theology curriculum that focuses on core knowledge, communication, and leadership outcomes.
Central Seminary strives to stay current on church and ministry news, culture, and educational topics. To share this knowledge, we regularly host free online events that are open to anyone who wants to join. These sessions span topics that are informative, educational, and act as fuel for personal growth. We hope you will learn more about these opportunities, and how they can impact your current trajectory.
The chaplaincy certificates provide a basic theological and biblical foundation for any person who desires the skills necessary to be a better spiritual care giver in their professional and personal life. Students can choose the Graduate Certificate or the Professional Certificate in Chaplaincy.
Many programs at Central Seminary place students in practice settings. These experiences help students connect the information that they learn in a classroom setting to the realities of ministry and service in the 21st Century. A simpler way of saying this is contextualized learning seeks to help students “live what they learn.”
Whether a student desires to serve a body of believers within a traditional church setting or serve the urban poor through a nonprofit social service agency or a ministry or business, contextualized learning seeks to help students and alumni bridge the divide between theory and reality. Dr. Ruth Rosell directs the Contextualized Learning program.
If you speak Korean as your primary language, you can find a home at Central Seminary as well. We offer certificate, MDiv, and DMin level programs for Korean seminary students. Beginning students can build a strong foundation of knowledge through the Christian Formation Diploma program. Students who possess an undergraduate degree can develop higher-level competencies required of faith leaders, and those with academic, research-based roles through our graduate-level programs.
Find a Seminary Degree Program that Fits Your Spiritual Goals
At Central Seminary, we want to help as many students as possible form into leaders who dedicate their lives to serving all of humanity. Talk to us today about your goals for your theological education and future ministry practice.
To reach us, use the contact form to connect with our advisors. From there, we can figure out the best approach to completing the ministry degree program that is best suited for your faith-based aspirations.