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School of Theology and Ministry

Certificate of Graduate Studies in Diaconal Ministry


This professional certificate program is designed for interaction within the local, regional, national and global human community's context and for individuals desiring a career in word and service rather than word and sacrament. This certificate fulfills the requirements for Episcopal or United Methodist deacons. 

Degree Requirements

  • STMM 5260 Hebrew Scriptures (3)
  • STMM 5270 Christian Scriptures: Narratives (3) or STMA 5380 Christian Scriptures: Letters (3)
  • STMM 5000 Christian Anthropology (3)
  • STMM 5010 Christology (3)
  • STMM 5030 Theology in an Ecumenical Context (3)
  • STMM 5040 Christian Ethics (3)
  • STMA 5160 History of Ancient Christianity (3) or STMA 5180 History of the Reformation (3)
  • STMM 5600 Ministry in a Multicultural Context (3)
  • STMM 5530 Pastoral Care Skills (3)
  • STMM 5540 Fostering Communities of Faith (3)

MINIMUM CREDITS REQUIRED......................................... 42  

Specific Additional Denomination Requirements Varies for both United Methodist and Episcopal denominations. Please contact our Admissions Advisor.


Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies with Diaconal Ministry Specialization: Students have the opportunity to combine the MA in Pastoral Studies with a specialization in diaconal ministry. Requirements for the role of a deacon vary by denomination. The MA in Pastoral Studies with Diaconal Ministry Specialization fulfills Roman Catholic and Lutheran / ELCA requirements.


Gainful Employment Disclosure


Federal regulations published in October of 2010 by the Secretary of Education require institutions to disclose to prospective students particular information regarding academic programs that qualify for Title IV federal student financial aid under the "gainful employment" provision. Seattle University provides the following program disclosures on Gainful Employment eligible School of Theology and Ministry certificate programs.