Programs

Programs

Sioux Falls Seminary helps individuals prepare for a well-lived Christian life.  In many cases, that means equipping pastors and church leaders for ministry.   This is something we have been doing since we were founded in 1858.  But, it isn't all that we do.  At Sioux Falls Seminary, we offer a variety of great accredited degree programs, graduate-level certificates, and even non-accredited programming to help serve individuals seeking education and training in counseling, social entrepreneurship, community development, Christian leadership, spiritual direction, missions, and more.

If you feel the call to pursue additional education and training in ministry or other related areas, we encourage you to start a conversation with us or browse through our program offerings below.  Whether you desire to serve in the church, home, business, or community, Sioux Falls Seminary would like to walk alongside you in your journey.   

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Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry is a practical, professional degree program that enables persons working in full-time Christian ministry to reflect critically upon their vocations, engage in rigorous theological reflection, engage in advanced learning experiences, and grow in their competence in ministry.

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Master of Divinity

Developing Christian leaders for various forms of ministry is the primary function of the Master of Divinity program. The three-year course of study prepares persons for pastoral leadership and ordination in most denominations. The program consists of a core of Bible, theology, and ministry courses. Flexibility is a distinct characteristic of this program. With a system of electives, independent studies, and concentration of courses in a specialized area, students find the program adaptable to their individual needs.

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MA Christian Leadership

The two-year Master of Arts in Christian Leadership program is designed for those seeking a place of leadership in the local church or its broader ministries who do not intend to seek ordination or to fill the role of senior pastor. The program is designed to provide advanced biblical, theological, and practical training for individuals who desire to enhance their ministry skills. It is flexible enough to meet the educational needs of a variety of vocational objectives

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MA Counseling

The two-year Master of Arts in Counseling program integrates theological education with systemic approaches to understanding and intervening in people's lives. It allows students maximum flexibility in tailoring their programs to fit their own interests and career goals. With specific advising, it may equip the student with many of the course requirements leading toward a career in marriage and family therapy and for such ministries as pastoral care, campus ministry, or community-based family services.

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MA Bible & Theology

Leadership in the work of Christ demands in-depth knowledge of biblical and theological truth. This two-year graduate degree program focuses on classical disciplines to develop those academic abilities of students. Lay persons who want to teach Bible and theology, and ministry professionals who combine this program with the Master of Divinity, will gain the necessary resources for a teaching ministry or advanced graduate study in a classical field. The degree requires specific study in biblical and theological languages.

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3-3 & 3-2 Programs

The 3-3 Program combines a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity in partnership with the University of Sioux Falls or Dakota Wesleyan University. It involves three years of study at one of the colleges and three years of study at Sioux Falls Seminary. The 3-2 Program combines a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Christian Leadership with a specialization in Youth Ministries. It involves three years of study at the undergraduate level and two years of study at Sioux Falls Seminary.

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Graduate Certificates

If a student does not know the goal of ministry preparation for the future, he or she may opt for a Graduate Certificate. Sioux Falls Seminary offers the following Graduate Certificate programs in: Theological Studies, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Pastoral Family Therapy.

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Distance Learning

The seminary’s vision is to provide quality theological education for all students, regardless of where they live. The seminary has an Internet-based online learning environment using the latest technology to enhance online learning. PowerPoint presentations, audio, video, virtual whiteboards—all of these classroom elements are captured and accessible via the Internet the following day. Distance students can replay the classroom lecture and participate with their fellow students in stimulating and challenging online discussions.

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Non-Degree Certificates

Non-Degree Certificate programs offer enrichment and focus in a specific area of ministry at the non-graduate, non-accredited level. Offerings are affordable and flexible and are designed specifically to enhance personal and professional development. Courses taken are graded on a pass/fail basis and no academic credit is recorded.

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