Certificate of Advanced Theological Studies (Lutheran Year)
If you hold a M.Div degree (or another professional degree in ministry) and want to engage in a significant program of continuing education without seeking a degree, you may enroll in the Certificate of Advanced Theological Studies program. This certificate is awarded to students who complete an individually-designed program of study, including at least eight three-unit courses at PLTS.
Sabbatical: Professional Ministers who have been granted a Sabbatical Leave may enroll in the CATS program to earn this certificate as part of their Sabbatical program.
Lutheran Year: Students with M.Div degrees from non-Lutheran institutions who enroll in PLTS to fulfill the ELCA ordination requirement of a year in residency at a Lutheran seminary are also eligible for the Certificate of Advanced Theological Studies.
Standards for Admission
- Applicants to the Certificate of Theological Studies program are expected to hold a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited university or seminary.