The Black Church Studies Program at Louisville Seminary offers three tracks of study: a concentration in the Master of Divinity degree program or in the Master of Arts (Religion) degree program, a concentration in the Doctor of Ministry degree program, and a certificate program for students not enrolled in a degree program.
Master of Divinity and Master of Arts (Religion) Concentration in Black Church Studies
The Black Church Studies concentration enables students enrolled in the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts (Religion) degree programs to take graduate level courses in history, theology, ethics, homiletics, Bible, pastoral care and counseling, and practical theology. Students can choose four elective courses and three weekend seminars from the Black Church Studies curriculum. Upon graduation, students will receive both the degree diploma and certificate in Black Church Studies.
Doctor of Ministry Concentration in Black Church Studies
Fulltime pastors with three years of post-MDiv experience, and experienced counselors, chaplains, denominational, and para-church officials are invited to apply for the Doctor of Ministry Degree Program at Louisville Seminary. The DMin. degree program offers tracks in Advanced Practice of Ministry, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Interim Ministry, and Black Church Studies. The new Doctor of Ministry with a Black Church Studies focus consists of four required seminars and three advanced professional (elective) seminars taken in Black Church Studies. Louisville Seminary will offer three courses that will fulfill this concentration during its January and June courses.
Certificate Program in Black Church Studies
Our program offers one-day seminars for local pastors and lay leaders, leading to a certificate in Black Church Studies. The Black Church Studies Certificate Program requires the successful completion of four seminars taken over the course of two years. One seminar is offered during the fall and two in the spring semesters on Saturdays, so one can complete this program with minimal disruption in a student’s family and work schedule. After the successful completion of four seminars, students will receive a Certificate in Black Church Studies from Louisville Seminary. The cost for the program is only $100.