Degree and Certificate Programs

Degree Programs

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Prepares students for ordained or lay ministry, related vocations, and further academic study.

Master of Arts (MA)

Academic preparation for doctoral studies and an opportunity for students from other professions to integrate theological studies into their practice.

Master of Arts in Social Transformation (MAST)

pending WASC approval for Fall 2015 start
A 39-credit master's degree which equips students to think critically about socio-political dynamics and reflect constructively on the role played by religion and theological traditions in movements for social change

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

A general theological degree which offers a broad yet comprehensive education in theological studies across a range of disciplines.

Joint Master of Divinity/Master of Arts (MDiv/MA)

Designed for students who are entering teaching ministries as well as those who want to pursue an area of particular interest before taking a call.

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

An advanced professional degree for experienced ministers.

Doctor of Theology (ThD) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

PSR does not grant the ThD or PhD degrees, yet the school does participate in these programs administered by the Graduate Theological Union. For more information, see GTU.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Certificate of Theological Studies (CTS)

For those beginning to explore theological studies and vocational goals. Flexible Learning option available.

Certificate of Sexuality and Religion (CSR)

A professional development certificate providing specialized leadership training in the theological, historical, ethical, pastoral, and practical dimensions of sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Flexible Learning option available.

Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change (CSSC)

A professional development certificate providing an opportunity for those who are already engaged in social change as well as those eager to embark on this vocational path to combine spiritual formation and theological reflection in a cohort of changemakers, leadership skills for critically constructive social analysis, and immersive learning and practice with experienced mentors. Flexible Learning option available.

Certificate of Swedenborgian Theology (CST)

A program for specialty concentration in Swedenborgian thought for both ordination-track Swedenborgian students and others interested in spirituality studies from a Swedenborgian perspective. Flexible Learning option available.

Certificate of Special Studies (CSS)

An opportunity for international students to study at PSR.

Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS)

A program of continuing education for ministers.

All programs above use some of the same program materials found in Program Manual Part II, an official part of each program's manual.  

Other Certificate Programs

Certificate of Theological Education for Leadership (CTEL)

Study online or in your local community with TEL, a theological education program for lay leaders and clergy (not for graduate credit). Taught entirely online or in hybrid format through Flexible Learning options.

Graduate Theological Union (GTU) Certificates

PSR students currently enrolled in a graduate degree or certificate program can enroll in a number of GTU certificates as part of their program at no additional cost.  Certificates are offered in the following areas: Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Orthodox Christian Studies, Black Church/Africana Religious Studies, Asian and Oceanic Cultures and Faith Traditions, Women’s Studies in Religion.




Flexible Learning Options

Flexible Learning encompasses online, blended, hybrid, evening, and weekend courses available throughout the year, and summer or January term intensive courses. Individual courses are available to all students in all programs, including special students enrolling in a single course. 

The following certificates may be completed at a distance through PSR's Flexible Learning options.   

Certificate of Theological Studies (CTS)

Certificate of Sexuality and Religion (CSR)

Certificate of Swedenborgian Theology (CST)

Certificate of Theological Education for Leadership (CTEL)


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for detailed information about PSR’s Flexible Learning options.