Starr King School for the Ministry offers two graduate-level certificate programs:
The Certificate in Unitarian Universalist Studies, directed by Dr. Susan Ritchie, Professor of Unitarian Universalist Heritage and Ministry, is ideal for seminarians attending non-UU schools, enabling them to study the full complement of Unitarian Universalist topics relevant to ministry and religious leadership and expected by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee.
The Certificate in Multi-Religious Studies, directed by Dr. Ibrahim Farajajé, Provost and Professor of Cultural Studies and Islamic Studies, engages students in exploring the intersections and interactions among the world’s diverse religious traditions.
Either certificate can be earned entirely on-line. It is also possible to meet the certificate requirements through a combination of on-line, short intensive, and immersion courses. The student can chose the approach that best suits their goals and circumstances.
(Residential students at Berkeley campus may enroll in residential courses to fulfill the requirements of a certificate program. Please contact the director of the program about specific residential courses.)
Certificate students will study with Starr King’s exceptional faculty, distinguished for their scholarly expertise, their wisdom and experience in ministry and religious leadership, their creative use of progressive educational approaches, and their passion for education that counters oppressions, promotes just and sustainable community, and liberates each person’s gifts and capacities.
Interested students may register for courses (see How to Register for a Starr King Course). Certificate students pay tuition (see Tuition and Fees) on a course-by-course basis. Note that we are in the process of making our certificate programs eligible for federal financial aid, as SKSM certificates are not currently eligible for federal financial aid. Starr King M.Div. and M.A.S.C. students may pursue either certificate as part of their degree program.
In launching these certificate programs, Starr King aspires to open the doors of progressive/UU theological education to more students. We do so in devotion to our mission to educate people for Unitarian Universalist ministry and for progressive religious leadership in society grounded in the values of countering oppressions, creating just and sustainable community, and cultivating multi-religious life and learning.