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Certificate in Ministry Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  1. For regular admission, applicants must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree or equivalent with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or better (on a 4-point scale) from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university. The Divinity School will consider for provisional admission applicants who do not meet all of these requirements.
  2. International applicants must meet the requirements of the university for English-language competence.
  3. Students may request transfer of up to 18 units from another approved program.

Course Requirements

A. Research and Writing

B. Biblical Languages

C. Bliblical Studies

  • RELB 501 The OT and its Communities (4) 
  • RELB 502 The NT and its Communities (4)

D. Christian Ethics  

  • RELE 504 Christianity and Culture (4)

E. Christian Theology

  • RELT 504 Principles of Christian Theology (4)

F. History of Christianity

  • RELH 504 A Survey History of Christianity (4)

G. Seventh-day Adventist Studies-410  

  • RELH 506 History of Seventh-day Adventism (4) or 11  
  • RELT 516 Seventh-day Adventist Theology (4) or
  • RELH 586 The Life and Thought of Ellen White (4)

H. World Religions

I. Pastoral Ministry                                                                 
Selected from RELP or RELM courses. A three-course 
"ministry focus" is possible.














Other Requirements and Regulations

  1. The director of professional graduate programs for the Divinity School will assign students their advisors.
  2. Full-time students will enroll in a maximum of 4 courses (16 units) per quarter.
  3. Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.50 or better, with no grade lower than C counting for credit.
  4. Electives: Students must choose electives from among the graduate courses offered by the Divinity School specific to the program area in question. With the permission of the director of professional graduate programs, they may fulfill such electives by transfer credits from other accredited programs.  For the 12 units in Section I (Pastoral Ministry), students may choose to select a “focus” area: e.g. Youth Ministry (RELP515, RELM514, RELP567); Family Ministry (RELP565, RELP545, RELP564); Worship Planning (RELP549, RELP517; RELP606), etc. Students electing to do a “focus” must work out a “Focus Contract” with their advisor, specifying all courses that will go towards making up the focus, before commencing with this part of their program. Guideline sheets with sample curriculums are available for common areas
  5. Accreditation and transferability of course work: The CMin graduate certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC). However, it is not a degree program. The transfer of course work will be determined by the receiving institution. Recipients of the CMin who wish to later apply to the Divinity School at La Sierra University for acceptance into the MDiv degree programs, may request consideration for advanced standing, or upgrading by replacement. Students who later wish to transfer to another graduate theological school accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) would have to meet the entrance requirements of that institution, which would determine the amount of credit to grant to work done in this program.


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