Certificate of Ministerial Studies (CMS)


The six-course and thesis Certificate in Ministerial Studies is a rigorous program designed for ministers and theological students who desire to gain specialist knowledge of Reformed ecclesiastical identity, polity, and pastoral theology, including focused study in the ministry of Word and sacrament. As one of the two signature programs at Greystone, the CMS is complementary to traditional seminary training for ministry and scholarship, and well suited for a range of students seeking continuing education, training for further research or ministry, or refreshment in theological study. Particularly with its focus on advanced study of topics in ecclesiology and pastoral theology, the Certificate functions in manner analogous to a Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) program in American and international institutions. The program’s goal is to foster and stimulate constructive pastoral-theological thinking within the confessional Reformed tradition, with a special interest in the enrichment of the theological dimensions of ministry, Christian formation, and congregational nurture.

Program Features

Certificate courses are offered across the range of biblical, theological, and historical studies, and taught by the Greystone faculty and visiting lecturers.

Students enjoy access to the physical and electronic library resources at Greystone as well as the library resources of the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh.

Greystone consciously endeavors to blend rigorous study with times of fellowship, hospitality, and prayer, are thus designed principally for residential study. However, all courses and events are also available for online students and for auditors.

Certificate courses are also regularly offered in connection with Greystone’s moral theology initiative, the Center for the Study of Ethics and Technology (CSET), and with Greystone’s Lydia Center for Women and Families.

Greystone courses qualify as credit courses in Master’s degree programs for some institutions. Students should consult with their institution’s registrar to learn if a Greystone course qualifies.

Program Structure

The successful student completes six courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, passes an examination at Greystone of reading facility in each of the three primary theological languages (Hebrew, Greek, and Latin), and submits one research thesis which is examined by the Greystone Academic Committee. The program consists of the following courses:

  • Reformed Catholicity
  • Word and Sacrament
  • Reformed Liturgics
  • Theological Anthropology
  • Pastoral Theology (Offices, Order, Care)
  • One Elective

The research thesis may be submitted for review at any time after the completion of five (5) full courses. Students have up to five (5) years to complete all requirements for the Certificate before it is necessary to apply for reinstatement for an additional year. Upon completion of all requirements for the Certificate, the Academic Committee votes as a body on each candidate.

Application & Fees

Register by clicking the button below or contact Greystone at info@greystoneinstitute.org for assistance. Tuition is $850 per course ($300 per course for auditors). Successful registration requires a non-refundable deposit of $125 per course. In addition to course fees, each Certificate program includes a registration fee of $375 at the outset of the program, and a $500 fee upon submission of the concluding research project. Students are encouraged to inquire with local and regional church bodies for possible scholarship or tuition assistance.

Until further notice, travel and food costs will be the responsibility of the student. Greystone highly values hospitality and limited opportunities for housing during intensive courses and other Greystone events are available. Requests lodging via info@greystoneinstitute.org for further information.