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The Correctional Ministries Certificate Program is offered through
the Institute for Prison Ministries
in partnership with
Christian University Globalnet 

This program is built on the core values of a strong biblical foundation, a calling to evangelize and disciple, a commitment to the unity of believers in Jesus Christ and a devotion to excellence.

Who should pursue a Correctional Ministries Certificate?

The Correctional Ministries Certificate Program is designed for individuals seeking to establish a foundation in correctional ministries and receive specialized training in correctional chaplaincy or reentry.

Why pursue a Correctional Ministries Certificate?

Equipped professionals and volunteers are more effective at fulfilling the Great Commission and the Great Commandment through service in jails, prisons and reentry ministries. Those served through correctional ministry deserve the highest quality ministry possible.

About the Program

This certificate program was built on the vision of Dr. Thomas Beckner, founder of the American Chaplaincy Training School and is recognized by national ministries such as Prison Fellowship, Good News Jail & Prison Ministry and the Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association (CMCA).

Length of the Program

18 months


8-week online with a 4 week break between courses

$600 per course

$200 for capstone project or practicum ($100 for CMCA members) Join CMCA

*Earning a Correctional Ministries Certificate does NOT automatically permit access to correctional facilities. Facility administrators determine who is allowed to minister in their facility.


3 core courses
3 elective courses
Capstone Project or Practicum



Core Courses

CM 301 Dimensions of Correctional Ministries

CM 302 Dynamics of Working with Offenders

CM 303 Leadership and Spiritual Formation of Offenders

Correctional Chaplaincy Track

CM 401 Foundations of Correctional Chaplaincy

CM 402 Program
Development and Evaluation

CM403 Care and Counseling

Reentry Specialist TracK

CM 404 Foundations of Offender Reentry

CM 405 Organizational Administration of Nonprofits

CM 406 Case Managing and Mentoring

Capstone Project or Practicum

Capstone_Project requires the integration of both theory and practice. The project is identified by the student in consultation with the project supervisor, Dr. Karen Swanson.

The 30-hour Practicum provides an opportunity for students to develop skills and learning in a correctional ministry area under the guidance of an experienced ministry supervisor. The practicum is supervised by Dr. Karen Swanson.


Do I need to start with the first core

While it is recommended, it is not required. We do recommend you complete the core courses which provide a foundation to the specific track courses.

Are there scholarships available?

If you are a formerly incarcerated person, you may be eligible to apply for the Charles Colson Scholarship which covers the tuition of the certificate program.

Can I audit courses?

Contact CUGN, but auditing will not lead to a certificate.