Certificate – Spiritual Formation

This certificate is designed for individuals with undergraduate or graduate degrees in many different fields who want to explore a Seminary education rooted in Quaker thought and practice, without committing to a degree program: new retirees, career changers, and others in the midst of transitions. The required courses are core courses of the MDiv degree; the certificate can be applied toward the MDiv once finished. 


Required Sequence of Courses:

- Spiritual Formation and Personal Practice (2 week residential intensive in August)
- Spiritual Formation and Public Ministry (Fall Semester - distance or residential)
- Spiritual Formation, Diversity, Community, and Conflict (Spring Semester - distance or residential)
- Discernment of Gifts and Calling (2 week residential intensive in May)

- 2 Intro level electives from across the curriculum

Learn more about Phil Baisley, Professor of Pastoral Studies, and other teaching faculty.

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ESR's certificate programs combine foundational classes with specialized courses that deeply explore areas of concentration. Students can choose from residential, intensive, online or hybrid residential/online courses to fulfill certificate requirements. These flexible yet rigorous programs can support vocational or ministry goals, or serve as an interim step toward a degree program.

Certificate cost: 25% discount on regular tuition of $600/credit hour (most certificates are 18 credit hours), plus semester fees (aprox. $350/semester).