Programs

Programs

Your journey through Sioux Falls Seminary is first and foremost a journey of discipleship.   You will be challenged to engage in your walk with Christ in new and exciting ways.  You will be asked to consider how God might be asking you to share the redemptive message of the Gospel.  If you feel called by God to participate in his kingdom mission, we encourage you to start a conversation with us or browse our offerings below.  


 

Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry is a practical, professional degree program that enables individuals to reflect critically upon their vocations, engage in rigorous theological reflection and advanced learning experiences, and grow in ministry competence. The Doctor of Ministry program is designed for the continuing development of persons who have exhibited exceptional leadership and academic ability.

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Master of Divinity

Developing Christian leaders for participation in the kingdom mission and in various forms of ministry is the primary function of the Master of Divinity program. The four-year course of study prepares persons for pastoral leadership and ordination in most denominations. Bible, theology, and ministry are at the core of the program. Students develop personal resources as well as the knowledge and skills necessary to become spiritual leaders. Graduates are equipped for a variety of pastoral ministries: chaplaincy, military chaplaincy, church planting, missions, youth ministry, and other church staff ministries as well as for participation in the kingdom mission. The program also prepares capable persons for doctoral studies.

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MA Christian Leadership

The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership program is designed for those seeking to serve the Mission of God through active involvement in local church, parachurch, nonprofit, or workplace ministry. The two-year course of study is designed to develop individuals for their unique ministry callings. It provides biblical, theological, and practical foundations for individuals desiring to enhance their ministry and is flexible enough to meet the developmental needs of a variety of objectives.

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MA Counseling

The two-year Master of Arts in Counseling is an integrative program that prepares students to think psychologically and theologically about their work as therapists. The robust program allows students to pursue work in the areas of counseling, marriage & family therapy, child & adolescent behavior, mental health counseling, and more. Students will gain understanding of concepts and discuss practical uses in counseling, participate in supervisory experiences, and be mentored. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to enter professional settings as quality therapists or to pursue doctoral studies.

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MA Bible & Theology

By focusing on the classic theological disciplines, the Master of Arts (Bible and Theology) provides the opportunity for students to gain the knowledge and understanding necessary for faithful participation in God’s mission. In addition, it provides an expanded track for individuals who seek to teach or pursue advanced graduate study. The two-year degree program focuses on Bible, theology, and church history and provides students with flexibility to specialize in an area of interest. In addition to the expanded PhD preparation track, which consists of additional credit hours, an Intercultural Studies option is available for individuals serving as missionaries or those who have started the process of becoming missionaries.

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Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies is a 20 credit hour program. It offers opportunities for both personal and professional growth. With no specific course requirements, the program allows for maximum flexibility. Students can structure the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies in a number of ways, including an intense year of theological study; continuing education in an area(s) of choice; or training for lay leaders, pastors, counselors, parish nurses, and others. The program can be taken in Sioux Falls or from a distance.

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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. Sioux Falls Seminary offers a Certificate in Christian Ministry and a Certificate of Completion in Training for Spiritual Direction.

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Partnership Programs

Sioux Falls Seminary offers several blended degree program options for students currently studying at the undergraduate level. Partners include the University of Sioux Falls, Dakota Wesleyan University, and Tabor College. In addition, a number of different opportunities are available to students at the non-degree, certificate, master's and doctoral level through several different kingdom-minded partners.

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Distance Learning

Sioux Falls Seminary has a growing number of students who participate in theological education from a distance. This is due, in large part, to the Kairos philosophy of education and the Kairos Project track. Kairos Project students walk alongside a mentor team and in community with fellow students. Their journey of theological education is integrated into the various aspects of their life (home, work, church, etc.), and learning is facilitated through contextually-integrated educational moments and adaptable assignments. As a result, the student’s context is an integral part of their journey and the way in which learning and development takes place.

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