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, context-based 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 program is centered around a praxis model of theological reflection that stresses the continual interaction and interpretation of the biblical, theological, and cultural disciplines of inquiry along with the practical application of those disciplines in ministry.

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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 context-based, 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 context-based, 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 academic and clinical program that provides theologically-informed psychological training to prepare students to work in the fields of marriage & family therapy and mental health counseling. Student learning is guided by mentorship of faculty and enhanced by personal therapy and spiritual direction. Students will gain knowledge of concepts and practically apply theory and techniques in clinical work with supervision and mentorship. Upon graduation, students are prepared to pursue licensure to work as qualified therapists and counselors in a variety of settings, including private practice, community mental health agencies, and hospitals as mental health practitioners, as well as schools, chemical dependency agencies, and ministry settings. The program meets outcome standards set forth by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and MFT and counseling standards. The program has a strong supervised clinical component. At our on-site training clinic, students develop their therapy skills while meeting the needs of clients from the community. Supervision is provided by the licensed mental health professionals at Sioux Falls Psychological Services, a counseling service owned and operated by Sioux Falls Seminary.

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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 context-based, 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 completed through the use of online courses.

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Spiritual Direction Training

The non-degree Training in Spiritual Direction program fills a unique need in our region by providing specialized training to individuals who “listen people to life” on their spiritual journeys.

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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 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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Kairos Project

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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