Certificate in Unitarian Universalist Studies

Earn your graduate-level certificate in UU studies entirely through low-residency study at Starr King School for the Ministry.

The Starr King Certificate in Unitarian Universalist Studies, directed by Rev. Dr. Meg Richardson, enables you to study the full complement of Unitarian Universalist topics relevant to ministry and religious leadership as expected by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee.

We offer a wide variety of online courses and short-term intensives in UU theologies, UU history and polity, UU social justice priorities, global religious traditions, and congregational administration.

  • exploring the possibility of entering UU ministry?
  • attending seminary at a non-UU theological school?
  • developing your lay-leadership?
  • UU religious educator pursuing credentialing?

We designed this certificate for you!


Complete your certificate through any combination of four courses (12 units) taken online. Register and pay for courses as you go. 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. We are accepting applications to enroll in the program now!

See our course descriptions or get tuition information.

Enrollment Requirement for Certificate Program

If you decide you cannot enroll for a class at this time, please inform the director of your respective program stating you are not registering for the current or upcoming semester. If we have not heard from you regarding your intentions for two semesters in a row we will withdraw you from the program.

Sample Courses in UU Studies include:

Immersion Courses

  • UU Congregational Polity
  • UU North American History (Boston)

Intensive Courses

  • UU Leadership
  • UU Multicultural Thematic Preaching

Online Courses

  • Systems Thinking and Leadership
  • UU History
  • UU Prophetic Witness
  • The History of UU Prophetic Witness
  • The 19th Century Roots of UU Prophetic Witness
  • Mental Illness and Oppressions
  • Our Theological House
  • Global Religious Traditions
  • Dynamic Youth Ministry
  • Adult Faith Development
  • Promised Lands

Residential students (at Oakland 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.