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Candidates enroll in the certificate program for ITPS units or college credits. Each institute course is offered for three academic credits or twelve institute units. Candidates decide at the beginning of each course whether to register for ITPS units or college credits. Since course requirements for Master of Arts in Applied Theology candidates and ITPS certificate candidates significantly differ, academic credit may not be granted retroactively for courses originally taken for ITPS units. When taken for graduate credit, this certificate program can be transferred into the Masters of Arts in Applied Theology degree programs.

Practicum and Internship

Certification as a diocesan lay minister requires two additional courses, a practicum in a specific area of ministry, and a supervised internship through the appropriate diocesan office, although in some cases this may be delegated to Elms College. The five academic courses offered through Elms College Institute of Theology and Pastoral Studies provide only an Elms College certificate, not certification as a diocesan lay minister.


Click to view course requirements for the Certificate in Social Justice Ministry (CSJM).

Required Credits

15 credits or 60 ITPS units