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Ministry Leadership Certificate
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College of Graduate, Online & Adult Learning

Ministry Leadership Certificate


  • Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate

16 credits

required for program

Available online or blended

16 credits

16 credits

required for program

Available online or blended

With a Graduate Certificate in Ministry Leadership, you will be equipped to make a greater and more meaningful impact in your areas of influence.

Why get a graduate certificate in leadership at Northwestern?

Strengthen your skills in leadership, ministry, and facilitating Christ-like relationships. With a Graduate Certificate in Ministry Leadership, you will be equipped to make a greater and more meaningful impact in your areas of influence.

The Graduate Certificate in Ministry Leadership is fully transferable toward the completion of a Master of Arts in Leadership (MAML) or a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) should you wish to continue your studies.

If you have a passion to lead effectively, minister wisely, and promote healthy interaction and growth among colleagues and those you serve, this graduate certificate might be the right course of study for you.

Program Highlights

  • Coursework can be completed in under one year
  • Online or on-site/blended learning format
  • Practical learning for ministry leadership
  • Dynamic discussions with professors and ministry-minded classmates in a rich, nondenominational setting
  • Opportunity to apply course credits toward a Master of Ministry Leadership (MAML) or Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree

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What will I learn?

You will have increasing levels of resource and people management responsibilities across multiple industries - both profit and nonprofit.

14:1

Class size ratio

16 Credits

apply towards a Master of Arts in Leadership (MAML) or a Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Career Opportunities

With a Graduate Certificate in Ministry Leadership, you will be prepared for a variety of leadership roles, such as:

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Associate Pastor
  • Bible Researcher
  • Bible Teacher
  • Chaplain
  • Christian Camp Director
  • Christian Education Director
  • Christian School Administrator
  • Christian Service Organization Employee
  • Church Planter
  • Higher education
  • Lay leadership
  • Ministry leadership
  • Mission work
  • Pastor
  • Pastoral Counselor
  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Relief Worker
  • Seminary
  • Women's Ministry Director
  • Worship Arts
  • Youth Pastor

Note: Roles in some settings may require additional education or training.

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