The University of St. Thomas

Certificate in Lay Ministry

Certificate in Lay Ministry

The Certificate in Ministry will consist of eight (8) four-credit undergraduate courses chosen from among the approved courses in the Concentration in Lay Ministry. The specific choice of courses will be done in consultation with an advisor, who may, on occasion, substitute other courses if the person's previous experience warrants it.Otherwise, courses will be chosen from the following list:

Course Title Credits
THEO 101 Christian Theological Tradition 4 cr.
THEO 205 Introduction to the Old Testament (or a 300-level course in Old Testament) 4 cr.
THEO 210 Introduction to the New Testament (or a 300-level course in New Testament) 4 cr.
THEO 215 Christian Morality 4 cr.
THEO 323 Church and Sacramentality 4 cr.
Plus four credits from the following:
THEO 200 Christian Belief: Ancient and Contemporary 4 cr.
THEO 220 Early Christian Theology 4 cr.
THEO 373 Person and Mission of Jesus 4 cr.
Plus eight credits from the following:
THEO 302 Second Vatican Council 4 cr.
THEO 240 Theology of the Protestant and Catholic Reformation 4 cr.
THEO 310 Christian Worship 4 cr.
THEO 325 Catholic Social Traditions 4 cr.
Total 32 cr.


All of the courses in the Certificate program are part of the standard offerings of the Theology department, as described in the undergraduate catalogue of the University of St. Thomas. These courses are taught by St. Thomas faculty at the same level and with the same standards as the coursework for major in Theology. Thus, the coursework for the Certificate in Ministry would be applicable toward a Baccalaureate of Arts degree, should the student decide to complete his or her studies at that level. Because they will be applicable toward the Theology major, all program standards will be the same as for the major. This means that students must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 within the program. No course can be taken on a Pass/Fail basis. If the department passes any other regulations for the major, these would automatically apply to the certificate program as well.

Because the students for which this program is designed likely will come with very different educational backgrounds and ministerial experiences, an advisor (and/or the Concentration in Ministry director) will work with each individual student to select the coursework that best meets his or her needs. At the same time, insofar as their coursework will be chosen from the approved courses for the Concentration in Ministry, students will attain a common educational experience by the time they have concluded the program.

Applicants for the Ministry Certificate program should have at least 12 months of full-time or part-time professional ministry experience prior to admission. Prospective students will provide official high school transcript(s) or GED and official college transcript(s) (if any). They will also submit a writing sample, in which they reflect on their understanding of the vocation or theology of ministry, and a letter of recommendation from one of their supervisors in ministry. Students can transfer up to three courses approved by the program director.