The Certificate in Pastoral Ministry program prepares students interested in Church ministry with a professional formation and credential.

This program prepares students for service in Catholic education, youth ministry, and with vulnerable populations (e.g., the poor, the elderly).

The four course certificate program includes classes in evangelization, pastoral ministry, and a student's particular area of interest. Students also complete a supervised internship with an opportunity to connect theological reflection and pastoral experience.

Students receive a certificate that meets the guidelines of dioceses throughout the nation and aids them in their career advancement. They are also honored at the Senior Awards Banquet at the School of Theology and Religious Studies.

To be eligible, a student must be a TRS major or minor.


The School of Theology and Religious Studies facilitates student internships with a variety of Washington DC organizations in order to augment students’ educational training with experience outside the classroom. Find out more about where our students intern.