Program Overview

College of Saint Elizabeth offers a Certificate in Pastoral Administration for individuals and members of the church who want to take on roles of ministerial leadership as part of their commitment to Christianity, and are interested in developing their leadership and administrative capacities necessary to facilitate the role. Through the program, students will learn about the administrative, financial, ethical, and moral requirements of managing a parish. To that end, they may develop their educational background and learn to incorporate their experiences in leadership and administration to be better suited for operating a financially, managerially, and ethically sound parish.

The curriculum consists of 24 credit hours of courses that include Pastoral Administration, Fundamentals of Christian Faith, and Principles and Processes for Decision Making in Christian Ethics. Students should develop their understanding of the responsibilities included in the job of a pastor and learn about the business and personnel management concerns that make up the functional duties of their job.

Students who successfully complete this certificate program have the potential to display foundational knowledge of the Bible which contributes to the formation of a Christian worldview intended to help the graduate apply biblical truth to contemporary and cultural issues. Graduates should also demonstrate a competency in pastoral duties in order to become a well-rounded leader and professional in the church, show the skills necessary for effective oral, written, and visual communication, and display leadership ability and professionalism appropriate for their roles in parish administration.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    Founded in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, the College has a strong tradition of concern for the poor, for developing leadership in a spirit of service and social responsibility, and a commitment to the promotion of women as full partners in society.

    The College is proud to offer a large variety of programs to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Students have the following options in selecting a program of study that best meets their needs:

    • Undergraduate – the undergraduate program enables students to gain the knowledge and experiences they need to achieve their full potential academically, personally, spiritually and professionally.
    • Continuing Studies – flexible evening, weekend, and online programs leading to a bachelor's degree meet the needs of adult learners seeking to advance their careers.
    • Graduate Programs – evening, weekend and online master's programs and a fully subscribed doctoral program are designed to help students advance in high-demand fields and professions. These programs prepare our students to stand out as ethical, knowledgeable leaders, who acting in the spirit of service and active engagement, excel in their professions, communities, and daily lives.
    • Professional Certificate Programs – CSE offers evening, weekend and online programs leading to certification in counseling, education, health care, management, ministry, nutrition and other fields.

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