Certificate of Advanced Theological Studies

Persons who hold the MDiv degree or another professional degree in ministry and who wish to engage in a significant program of continuing education without seeking a degree may enroll in the Certificate of Advanced Theological Studies program, awarded to students who complete an individually-designed program of study, including at least six three-unit courses at PLTS with a grade point average of C (2.0) or better. Four 1.5-unit courses of the GTU Cooperative Summer Session may also be credited, so that students may earn the certificate by combining four weeks of summer study with one semester of full-time study in residence at PLTS.

Sabbatical: Professional Ministers who have been granted a Sabbatical Leave may enroll in the CATS program to earn this certificate as part of their Sabbatical program.

Lutheran Year: Students with MDiv degrees from non-Lutheran institutions who enroll in PLTS to fulfill the ELCA ordination requirement of a year in residency at a Lutheran seminary are also eligible for the Certificate of Advanced Theological Studies.

Information about this program is available in the PLTS Student Handbook.

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Standards for Admission

  1. Applicants to the Certificate of Theological Studies program are expected to hold a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited university or seminary.
  2. Non-native speakers of English who have not completed a degree in the US, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Australia or New Zealand may substitute the TOEFL examination and the Test of Written English for the Graduate Record Examination. Evidence of financial resources to provide for expenses must also be provided.
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