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Center for Theology, Women, and Gender

Certificate Program

The Center for Theology, Women, and Gender offers a graduate certificate for Master of Divinity and Master of Arts students at Princeton Theological Seminary. The coursework for the certificate, which allows students to focus their academic work on issues pertaining to theology and gender constructs, prepares students for vocational ministry or scholarly pursuits by:

  • Valuing the unique contributions of women and sexual minorities as central for the articulation of Christian faith and for the church’s flourishing
  • Exploring critically the ways that gender and sexualities are understood and represented in church and society

The requirements for the certificate involve earning twelve (12) credits from approved courses and a one (1)-credit colloquium RS5200 Colloquium in Theology and Gender (topics to rotate).

Two courses (or a maximum of 6 credits) may be taken at Princeton University in order to fulfill the certificate requirements, subject to the approval of Dr. Jacqueline E. Lapsley, director of The Center for Theology, Women, and Gender. 

View Current Certificate Courses (Inside PTS)

Colloquium in Theology and Gender

This colloquium focuses on issues of theology and gender as they pertain to contemporary church and society. It provides a common intellectual experience for students who are pursuing the Certificate in Theology, Women, and Gender. While students will be able to fulfill the core of their requirements from any PTS course on the list of approved theology and gender courses, this colloquium will give students a common experience, dialogue, and foundation for critical reflection on the understanding of gender in church and society, with a view toward positive change as needed. It is a requirement for students who intend to earn a Certificate in Theology, Women, and Gender.

Because a cohort of students will graduate every year with a Theology and Gender certificate, the colloquium will be offered yearly and can be taken during the second and third year in the MDiv experience or the second year in the MA(TS) experience. Students are only required to take it once, but they can repeat the colloquium if they choose.

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Special Advisor & Founding Director, IJM Institute

Bethany Hoang, Class of 2004

“The rooting of justice in our spiritual formation in Christ requires careful thought and teaching. I was equipped to lead in this way through my time at PTS. ”