Certificate of Graduate Studies in Diaconal Ministry

42 credits, 2 years

This professional certificate program in diaconal ministry is designed 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

  • Hebrew Scriptures (3)
  • Christian Scriptures: Narratives (3) or Christian Scriptures: Letters (3)
  • Christian Anthropology (3)
  • SChristology (3)
  • Theology in an Ecumenical Context (3)
  • Christian Ethics (3)
  • History of Ancient Christianity (3) or History of the Reformation (3)
  • Ministry in a Multicultural Context (3)
  • Pastoral Care Skills (3)
  • Fostering Communities of Faith (3)



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.


Please reach out to Jean Adler Stean, Assistant Director of Admissions & Student Services at steanj@seattleu.edu or 206-296-5333.

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