Certification Programs

Offered through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Church offers certification in Specialized Ministries through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). This certification is available to all persons, lay and ordained, who meet the standards set by GBHEM.

Each graduate professional certification requires five courses that have been designated by GBHEM for each of the areas. The board approves the courses identified by the seminaries as meeting these requirements.

MTSO currently has approval for courses in three of these areas of certification: Christian Education, Youth Ministry, and Engaging in Ministry with the Poor. Courses also are offered that meet certification requirements in other areas.

Here is a printable schedule of certification courses currently offered. These graduate professional certifications are granted by the GBHEM, to which application must be made. The board has final authority in granting of the certification. For graduate-level certification, however, coursework must be completed at United Methodist seminaries.

For more information about enrolling in classes leading to certification, contact the MTSO Admissions Office at admissions@mtso.edu or 800-333-6876.