Certificate in Christian Ministries

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Christian Ministries is a 16-hour curriculum that provides foundational competencies and professional development for Christian ministry. The curriculum spans the seminary’s core learning areas and includes courses in pastoral, biblical, theological, and historical study.

The program offers:

  • All classes are fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • 8-week long online courses, one at a time, designed for those in full-time ministry or other employment
  • Courses provide interaction with faculty and peers, not correspondence or go-it-alone
  • Breadth of curriculum + flexibility in electives based on need
  • Continuing education for church staff
  • Courses can be applied to the Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (MACM) or other seminary degree programs for those considering future degree
  • Supplemental electives for those who can come to campus for short 4-day residential intensives or students whose prior course work supports more advanced study
  • Can be completed over 18 months or spread out over several years
  • Eligible for select institutional scholarships



The Certificate includes 6 courses (16 credits):

Both of the following:

  • Intro to Seminary Studies (1)
  • Intro to Biblical Studies (3) (or OT/NT Writings course)

2 of the following ministry courses:

  • Personal Identity in Pastoral Care (3)
  • Intro to Christian World Mission (3)
  • Biblical Preaching (3)
  • Curriculum Development for Teaching (3)
  • Ministry Team Dynamics and Leadership (3)

1 of the following theology courses:

  • Intro to Theology (3)
  • Christological Principles for Ministry (3)

1 of the following church history courses:

  • Christian Tradition and Mission (3)
  • The Church and the Stone Campbell Movement (3)



  1. APPLICATION: Complete and submit your official application Online »
  2. APP FEE: Submit a non-refundable application fee of $30. Pay Online or send a check or money order to Milligan College, with the student’s name indicated on the memo line; mail to: ECS Admissions Office, PO Box 550, Milligan College, TN 37682.
  3. TRANSCRIPT: Have an official transcript sent from each graduate and/or undergraduate institution you have attended.
  4. TWO REFERENCES: Request a reference from two different people, preferably a former college professor, current minister, employer or supervisor. Fill out our online form and we’ll send a request to your references for you »
  5. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Click here for additional requirements »

International Students

Emmanuel has a long history of admitting international students. We would love to have you join the Emmanuel community as you continue your ministry preparation.

In addition to the application process outlined above, International students also must: 

  1. Present a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), except in special cases when the applicant is from a country in which English is the common language.
    • Normally, the TOEFL score must be at least 550 on the paper-based examination or 213 on the computer-based examination or 79 on the internet-based examination. The IELTS score must be at least 6.5.
    • Please have your TOEFL or IELTS score sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Emmanuel’s Admissions Office.
    • Students who do not have access to the online version of the test should contact the Dean’s Office at Emmanuel for further instructions.
  2. Complete and submit the Certificate of Financial Responsibility; the student should provide it as early as possible so that it will not delay the review of the Application for Admission. Please be sure that the total amount of support available to you is equal to the total expenses as estimated by the Office of Admissions. This form should be returned to the Dean’s Office.

Several years ago, the International Student Scholarship was established in an effort to help students with some of the financial burdens of coming to study with us. Each year, two International Student Scholarships are awarded. In recent years, students studying at Emmanuel have come from India, Nigeria, Chile, Brazil, Haiti, and Zimbabwe.


The Student and Exchange Visitor Program website has step-by-step information about studying in the United States. To navigate to the US government ICE website, click here.

Technology Requirements

Students will need to meet the following technology requirements for their online courses:


  • Broadband Connection: 256 kbps+ (Cable / DSL or better)
  • A PC or Mac computer
  • Microsoft Office 2010 or newer. Copies of Microsoft Windows 7 and 10, and Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013 and 2016 are available as a part of the technology fee through  If you are using a Mac, copies of Office for Mac 2011 and Office for Mac 2016 are also available.


  • Webcam


  • Windows 7 or newer
  • Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or newer


  • Internet Explorer 7 or newer
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.6 or newer
  • Chrome 5.0 or newer
  • Safari 4.0.5 or newer


  • The most recent versions of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Player (available for free download from