Certificate in Theology and Ministry

United Theological Seminary’s Certificate in Theology and Ministry (CTM) is for clergy and laity seeking a basic theological foundation for ministry as a pastor or church leader. United Methodists are encouraged to enroll in the Course of Study prescribed by The United Methodist Church for the education of persons serving as Local Pastors.

The courses offer a robust foundation that equips students for teaching, preaching, and leading in a church. Taught fully online, the CTM offers courses in Bible, Theology, Church and Mission, and Ministry. The online format allows students to learn in depth from well-trained instructors, with a group of students who interact with each other online, and allows for the flexibility of schedules and distance.

The program consists of 18 online courses offered over a three-year period. The duration of each course is fourteen weeks. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a Certificate in Theology and Ministry.

This program is a great entry point for those beginning their journey through theological education. A bachelor’s or master’s degree is not a prerequisite. As an added benefit, through a partnership with Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU), students can receive college credit for CTM courses. Credits will be granted and can be applied toward DWU’s online degree programs. Students can choose to complete an online associate or bachelor’s degree in either Nonprofit Administration or Organizational Leadership.


Requirements – 18 Courses

Bible - 4 courses

  • BI105 Old Testament Survey (NC)
  • BI106 New Testament Survey (NC)
  • 200 Level Bible (BI) Course (NC)
  • 200 Level Bible (BI) Course (NC)

History and Theology - 5 courses

  • HT101 Christian Doctrine (NC)
  • HT102 Theological Heritage I: Early and Medieval Church (NC)
  • HT103 Theological Heritage II: Reformation and Modern Church (NC)
  • HT201 Apologetics (NC)
  • 200 Level History and Theology (HT) Course (NC)

Practical Theology - 5 courses

  • PT115 Word and Table (NC)
  • PT116 Christian Leadership, Finance and Administration (NC)
  • PT117 Christian Discipleship (NC)
  • PT201 Care and Counseling (NC)
  • PT202 Church Renewal and Mission (NC)

Electives - 4 courses

  • Elective (NC)
  • Elective (NC)
  • Elective (NC)
  • Elective (NC)

Other Requirements - 1 Course

  • SS100 Online Certificate Student Orientation (0)

Course completion credit is awarded for non-credit (NC) courses in general certificate programs.

Tuition and Fees

Total Per Course: $500

How to Apply and Register for Courses

CTM Program Application is completed online through our MyUnited Applicant Portal.

New Students: If you are a new student to United’s CTM program you must first apply via the CTM Application. After applying and being confirmed you will receive a United email account and credentials to our student portal and instructions on how to proceed with registration. CTM Class Registration is completed through the MyUnited Student Portal.

Returning Students: If you are a returning student then you have already applied to the program and your student information is already in our system. If you have not already received your United email account and student portal credentials, contact the CTM Coordinator at [email protected] and request them to be sent to you.

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