Post-Master's Certificate of Pastoral Leadership

18 credits, 1 year

This  all-inclusive, one-year program equips proven and promising pastoral leaders with deepened and expanded leadership skills, that will ensuring long-term effective ministry, spiritual depth and personal integrity.

Beginning with an on-campus two-week intensive in July, participants form culturally diverse ecumenical peer groups to expand their leadership skills, deepen their theological and spiritual core, and explore ways to enhance their careers and their communities, with intensive sessions during summer, fall, and winter.

The program includes classes, peer group experiences, and theological reflection supported by a relationship with a spiritual coach provided by the program. Drawing pastoral leaders from a variety of contexts, the participants meet on campus for one summer intensive and one four day intensive in the intervening fall and winter.

All other work continues through hybrid distance learning models designed to support peer reflection and community building, and organization based activities that support personal and professional goals throughout the year. 

Some participants in the program will decide to continue their studies by completing the Doctor of Ministry degree.

Degree Requirements

  • Envisioning Leadership (2)
  • Effective Teams in Ministry (1)
  • Healthy Systems in Ministry (2)
  • Leading From Spiritual Depth (2)
  • Sustaining Pastoral Excellence (4)
  • Companions in Leadership (1)
  • Social Analysis: Skills for Unpacking Society's Problems (3)
  • Engaging Society with Gospel Values (3)


Degree Options

The certificate stands alone or may comprise the first year of the Doctor of Ministry degree, though additional admission requirements are required for the doctorate. See here for details.

Admission Requirements

The Post-Master's Certificate in Pastoral Leadership requires a demonstrated exercise of pastoral leadership. References from communities or organizations served by the applicant will attest to the applicant’s leadership of the community. All candidates must have completed a Master degree program or its equivalent from an accredited institution. Admission standards are dictated by the accrediting agency, the Association of Theological Schools. Please visit the Admissions Requirements webpage for more info.

Download the  for the Certificate in Pastoral Leadership.

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.


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