Youth Ministry

Certificate in Youth Ministry Overview

The Certificate in Youth Ministry is designed to provide basic theological training for someone already serving as or hoping to serve as a youth minister who is not yet ready or able to pursue a master’s degree. It requires a total of 17-18 credit hours of study, including foundational courses in biblical, historical, and theological studies as well as courses specific to the skills and knowledge needed to function effectively in ministry with youth. At least one course will focus on practical application in the student’s ministry context.

Certificate in Youth Ministry Curriculum

(17-18 hours)

At least one course from the following:
DIVI1100 New Testament Survey I (3 hrs.)
DIV1101 New Testament Survey II (3 hrs.)

At least one course from the following:
DIVI1200 Old Testament Survey I (3 hrs.)
DIV1201 Old Testament Survey II (3 hrs.)

At least one course from the following:
DIVI2000 Church History I (3 hrs.)
DIVI2002 Church History II/Baptist Heritage (3 hrs.)
DIVI2003 Church History II/Denominational Heritage (3 hrs.)
DIVI2200 Christian Theology (3 hrs.) (must complete at least 9 hours before taking this course)
DIVI2400 Christian Ethics (3 hrs.) (must complete at least 9 hours before taking this course)

Each of the following courses:
DIVI6141 Teaching the Bible with Youth and Adults (3 hrs.)
DIVI6303 Ministry with Youth (3 hrs.)
DIVI8070 Practicum in Ministry (2 hrs.) (must be approved by the Academic Dean)

Admission and Fees


The certificate programs offered by Campbell University Divinity School require students to be enrolled in the school as a Special Student. An individual would need to complete the Special Student application process and be admitted under its admission guidelines in order to pursue a certificate program.

Applicants for Special Student status must have a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited college. The deadline for Special Student applications is two weeks prior to the date of matriculation. Special Student applicants are accepted only for specified courses and not a degree program. If a student enrolls as a Special Student, and later decides to pursue a master-level degree program, he/she will need to complete the master-level application process.

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Tuition and Fees

Certificate students will register and pay for classes in the same manner as any other student, with one major exception. In order to make the certificates more widely accessible, certificate students may take up to two classes for a certificate on an audit basis.

Auditing Courses

Classes taken for audit are charged at the significantly reduced rate of $75 per credit hour. Audited classes will appear on the transcript with a grade of AU. These classes cannot be transferred into a master’s degree. (Courses not taken as an audit can be transferred to a master’s degree.)To be counted towards the requirements for a certificate, an audited class must be accompanied by certification of satisfactory completion of the class from the professor.

While the option to audit classes is an option, students are welcome to complete a certificate program without auditing the course, in order to receive academic credit for all of the work completed for the program.

For More Information

Campbell University Divinity School
Office of Admissions
(800) 334-4111, ext. 1830