Certificate Program in Ministry and Leadership


The Certificate in Ministry and Leadership (CML) is a two-year non-degree program that prepares students for leadership in Christian ministry. Its dynamic course of study provides a foundational theological education that is academic, spiritual and biblically. It is open to students from all religious traditions who desire formal training in Christian ministry.

Classes are offered in English and Spanish throughout the New York Metropolitan area and New Jersey. Courses are also available online in both English and Spanish. Classes are usually held on Saturdays or in the evenings. Click here for a list of locations.

The curriculum covers Biblical, historical, theological and practical studies, and some of the classes are taught by graduates of NYTS. While some teaching locations are affiliated with specific denominations or theological traditions, the program seeks to engage the rich diversity of the broader Christian tradition in an open spirit.

At the completion of the program students may get advanced standing towards the bachelor’s degree. NYTS is partnered with several colleges and universities in New York and New Jersey in order to grant credits in this certificate program towards the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Those interested may also continue their studies at NYTS towards a Master’s degree.


See Course offering and registration schedule here

Our curriculum consists of courses in Bible, Christian Thought and Tradition, and Ministry:

Fall courses:  Old Testament and Biblical Exegesis, at some sites. At others, Christian Education and Church History

Spring courses:  New Testament and Intro Theology at some sites, at others, Pastoral Care and Preaching


Candidates with a high school diploma or its equivalent are welcomed to apply. No application fee is required.

Please download an application here, complete the application packet and provide a copy of your high school diploma or its equivalent, passport size photograph, immunization records for MMR (if born on or after 1/1/57), your spiritual autobiography and submit it to:

Dr. Yvonne Salaman, Assistant Registrar at: Ysalaman@nyts.edu