Embedded Certificates

McAfee’s Master of Divinity students have the opportunity to earn one of five specialized certificates embedded within their M.Div. degree program. Certificates provide for students further specialization within their field, opportunities for professional development, and increased depth in both theory and practice. Certificates are offered exclusively to M.Div. students and awarded upon the completion of their degree.


Certificates are open to all McAfee School of Theology Master of Divinity students as part of the degree program. Students must complete all requirements of both the Certificate they are seeking and the M.Div. degree in order to receive the Certificate. Students in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies and other Non-Degree Students, as well as MACM and MTS students are not eligible to participate in this certificate program.

Christian Ethics

The Certificate in Christian Ethics is designed for students who recognize the centrality of moral character, moral discernment, and moral witness in Christian discipleship, ministry, and church life, and who are pursuing vocations that will specialize in such efforts.

Congregational Ministry

The Certificate in Congregational Ministry is designed for students with a vocational calling to church ministry. Students will engage in courses and professional formation that will augment their knowledge and skills for leadership, preaching, pastoral care, and faith formation in diverse congregational settings.

Interfaith Dialogue

The Certificate in Interfaith Dialogue is designed for students who recognize that global peace and reconciliation is possible only when adherents of the world’s religions recognize their mutual dependence upon each other, learn to understand each other, and determine to work together to meet global challenges. The Certificate program helps students to frame an adequate theology of religions from within the Christian tradition that can serve as a foundation for dialogue and collaboration with persons of other faiths.

Spiritual Care

The Certificate in Spiritual Care is designed for students who are called to ministries of emotional support and spiritual guidance in a variety of settings, including congregations, public and private institutions, and community ministries. The Certificate offers two areas of focus. The chaplaincy/pastoral care focus prepares students for vocations as chaplains in institutional settings (e.g., hospitals, prisons, military, universities) or as ministers of pastoral care in congregational settings. The spiritual formation focus prepares students for careers as spiritual directors in congregational or other settings.