The Certificate program is jointly administered by the Graduate Program in Theology and the Center for Pastoral Ministry Education. It is independent of the M.A. in Theology degree program and it combines academic studies in theology and pastoral ministry with practical training in ministerial contexts.
It consists of a total of 18 credit hours:
- 6 credit hours in Pastoral Ministry and Counseling Practice (practicum).
- 12 credit hours in Ministry & Education, Catholic Educational Leadership, and Interfaith Studies.
Students may be enrolled in the Certificate program only or pursue it in combination with the M.A. in theology degree program or another masters degree program.
The practicum portion of the Certificate can also be pursued along two possible tracks. The first track consists of the Graduate Internshiip Program involving on-campus residential ministy. The second track consists of a field practicum which does not require living on-campus. Students who do not have a residential ministerial placement within Campus Ministry can pursue this certificate and be given a non-residential ministerial placement within Campus Ministry or outside of Villanova to fulfill the practicum component of the certificate.
Practicum supervisors within the Center for Pastoral Ministry Education will assist non-internship students enrolled in this certificate in establishing their practicum placements. If a student is already engaged in professional ministry (whether full-time or part-time) the practicum supervisors may allow that ministry to serve as the student's practicum placement.