Welcome to Central


Unlock Your Creativity. Craft Your Ministry. Find Your Voice. Reach Your Goals.

With a rich 115-year legacy of educating ministry leaders for the United States and the world, Central is a dynamic new generation seminary and community for religious studies.

Academic Programs Designed to Fit Your Personal Goals

Our innovative degree programs of progressive study and dynamic ecumenical interaction are designed to prepare you for either full-time, part-time or volunteer clergy, or as a rich complement to your chosen profession or walk of life.

Led by an expert and acclaimed faculty, Central is committed to a strong emphasis on the classical disciplines of biblical, theological, historical, and ethical studies. This disciplined approach is designed to allow all students to excel in reaching course or degree goals combining academic expertise with “real-world” practical ministerial experience.

Degree and diploma programs include:


We Embrace and Celebrate Diversity

With 11 US and international locations – complemented by courses of study that can be experienced remotely – Central embraces and celebrates its diverse community of ages, races, ethnicities, genders, orientations and faith traditions that enable us to have our own distinctive and relevant voice in global Christianity.

Accessible Tuition and Financial Support

Central believes that a high quality ministry education – or deepening a personal spiritual journey – should be attainable and not a financial burden no matter one’s financial circumstance.

Central is committed to high quality education that is both accessible and affordable. Even though we keep our tuition fees low, we realize financial assistance is still a necessity for many students. A wide range of scholarships are available for qualifying enrollment applicants.

For more information about tuition, fees and financial assistance, click here.

Classes Are Scheduled to Meet Your Needs

Classes are scheduled in day or evening sessions, intensive weekends, remotely via internet, or further customized to meet your personal circumstances and obligations if needed.

Currently we serve students nationally and internationally through programs in English, Spanish, Karen, Chin, Burmese and Korean.