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, 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 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, ecumenical 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 further information, contact:

For Information contact:

Dr. Lucy Cano
Certificate Program Director
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 500, NY. NY. 10115
T: 212.870.1232



College of New Rochelle School of New Resources

One of the unique features of the NYTS Certificate is its long-standing collaboration with the College of New Rochelle School of New Resources. Upon completion of the NYTS Certificate, graduates who enroll in the School of New Resources at any of its various sites throughout New York City receive 15 credits toward their college degree. In addition, beginning in 2009, the School of New Rochelle is collaborating with NYTS to offer the undergraduate degree at a dedicated site that will focus on religious studies and be designed to prepare pastors and other religious leaders for ministry. For further information, contact the College of New Rochelle School of New Resources by phone at (914) 654-5000 or by email at snrg@cnr.edu.

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

In an effort to provide the Certificate Program students with more Colleges that recognize transfer credits into the Baccalaureate, Pillar College acknowledges 24-credits into the Baccalaureate programs in Business Administration and Management, Psychology and Counseling as well as in Biblical Studies. See detailed agreement here: Pillar-NYTS Agreement.


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