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.

Information about this program is available in the PLTS Student Handbook. Additionally, you can review the Gainful Employment disclosure information for this program.

Standards for Admission

  1. Applicants to the Certificate of Theological Studies program are expected to hold a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited university or seminary.