Certificate in Christian Ministry

The Certificate Program in Christian Ministry (CP) is a non-degree course of study that provides a basic theological education suitable for both lay and ordained church leaders. Designed to be completed in two years, the program is offered in English, Spanish, and French at various sites throughout the New York metropolitan area and online. Candidates for admission need only to hold a high school degree or its equivalent, although many in the program have already completed college or even graduate programs. Classes are held mostly on Saturdays and online, with some sites offering classes on week-nights as well. The curriculum covers the basic theological disciplines of Biblical, historical, theological and practical studies, and many of the classes are taught by graduates of NYTS degree programs. Some sites are identified with specific denominations or theological traditions, but the program in all of its locations seeks to engage the rich diversity of the broader Christian movement in an open spirit.


The CP welcomes applications from women and men who possess a high school diploma or its equivalent, who seek to increase in both biblical literacy and spiritual understanding, and who desire to be better prepared for ministry. No application fee is required.

For a list of Certificate Program Sites, please visit www.nyts.edu/CPSites.

CP Fall 2016 Registration Schedule - ACM Edit 7-19-16


For further information, contact:
Director of the Certificate Programs
New York Theological Seminary
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 500
New York, NY 10115
(212) 870-1211

The Curriculum

Year One Year Two
Old Testament (12 sessions) Christian Education (12 sessions)
Biblical Exegesis (12 sessions) Church History (12 sessions)

New Testament (12 sessions) Introduction to Preaching (6 sessions)
Introduction to Theology (12 sessions) Introduction to Christian Ethics (6 sessions)
World Christianity (6 sessions)
Pastoral Care (6 sessions)

Writing for Theology (Intensive in June for students who need writing skills)



College of New Rochelle School of New Resources

The College of New Rochelle School of New Resources, which was begun in 1972, is an undergraduate liberal arts degree program designed to address the needs of adult learners in a complex urban environment. The nontraditional
program takes seriously the maturity of its students, recognizing that most have family and career commitments they abandon. Students are at the heart of the school’s educational process that emphasizes the value of a liberal education, the legitimacy of experiential learning, and the adult student responsibility for assisting in the development of their curriculum.

With seven branch campuses, located throughout New York City and southern Westchester, the School of New Resources serves a population as diverse in age and ethnic background as New York itself.

Students who are accepted into the School of New Resources who hold the NYTS Certificate in Christian Ministry will receive 18 credits toward their bachelor degree. Students may apply to any of the seven branch campuses of the School of New Resources in the New York metropolitan area.

For further information on SNR-CNR, contact:
Office of the Dean
School of New Resources
College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Place
New Rochelle, NY 10805
(800) 288-4767

CNR NYTS PartnershipDownload this flyer as a PDF HERE


Roberts Wesleyan College

Roberts Wesleyan College of Rochester NY will allow a maximum of 12 academic credits to be transferred for students who successfully complete the entire Certificate Program in Christian Ministry.  The 12 credits will consist of the following courses:

  • Introduction to Old Testament: 3 credits
  • Introduction to New Testament: 3 credits
  • Introduction to Church History: 3 credits
  • Introduction to Pastoral Care: 3 credits

Roberts Wesleyan College reserves the right to change the conditions of this agreement with appropriate notification to New York Theological Seminary and to the students.  We look forward to serving those Certificate students who seek a baccalaureate degree and to this partnership with you.  See detail document here: Robert Wesleyan-NYTS Agreement.

Robert Zwier, Ph.D.
Roberts Wesleyan College
2301 Westside Drive
Rochester, NY  14624
T: 585-594-6944


Pillar College

Pillar College, an undergraduate Christian college with campuses in Newark and Somerset, NJ, accepts the NYTS CP for 24 transfer credits into its baccalaureate programs in Business Administration and Management, Psychology and Counseling, and Biblical Studies. For further information on Pillar College, visit its website at www.pillar.edu. See detailed agreement here: Pillar-NYTS Agreement.

Bloomfield College

Bloomfield College, a private liberal arts college located in Bloomfield, NJ, also recognizes the NYTS Certificate for credit toward their bachelor’s degree in religion. Graduates from the NYTS Certificate in Christian Ministry who are accepted for admission to Bloomfield College may have the required freshman course, “Geographies of Experience” waived. They may transfer two units (8 credits) for First and Second Testament. In addition they are eligible to take an e-portfolio development course as part of the General Education Program. Through this course students will be able to apply for alternative credit (up to 16 course units) through portfolio assessment for learning that occurred through other courses in the NYTS Certificate, making for a total of 24 possible credits toward a bachelor’s degree.


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