Application and Admission
Recognizing that for today’s student flexibility is the key, Hartford Seminary offers an alternative in graduate learning: the Graduate Certificate. This program provides students opportunities for study without committing to a full degree program. The Graduate Certificate program allows students to expand their knowledge in specialized, focused fields, ranging from biblical studies to spirituality to Islamic studies and chaplaincy.
Students at Hartford Seminary may pursue a Masters-level graduate certificate, which will be awarded upon successful completion of 18 or 24 credits of coursework in one of ten areas.
A Bachelor’s degree (or its educational equivalent) at a satisfactory level of achievement from an accredited institution is a prerequisite for admission. Additionally, students applying for the Graduate Certificate program in Islamic Chaplaincy are expected to have extensive training in their own religious tradition, which may have been acquired in various ways (ideally, a Master’s degree or its educational equivalent.)
Coursework that was taken for credit as a Special Student at Hartford Seminary prior to admission may be applied toward the credits required for the Graduate Certificate; however, at least 6 credits (not including field education or clinical pastoral education) must be taken after official notification of admission to the Graduate Certificate program.
No transfer credit from other institutions or Advanced Standing credit will be allowed to count toward most of the Graduate Certificates except on rare occasions upon petition to the Academic Policy Committee. Please see details on the Graduate Certificate programs in Islamic Chaplaincy, Chaplaincy in Multifaith Contexts, or Imam and Muslim Community Leadership for permitted exceptions to this policy.
Admission to a Graduate Certificate program of study does not constitute or guarantee admission to the Master of Arts degree program. Admission is granted only on the basis of the terms stated in this Catalogue and in the admission letter.
Students wishing to be admitted prior to the start of a given semester must make sure their files are complete by the following deadlines:
- July 15 for the Fall Semester
- December 1 for the Winter/Spring Semester
An applicant’s file is complete when the following items have been received by the Admissions Office:
1.)The application form and application fee of $50.
2.) A statement of three to four paragraphs (not to exceed one page double spaced) indicating the applicant’s educational objectives in pursuing the chosen graduate certificate area of study.
- Students applying for the Graduate Certificate program in Islamic Chaplaincy must provide a more detailed statement of three to four pages identifying the applicant’s personal goals for the program and his/her perceived strengths, and his/her potential areas for development.
3.) Complete official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions.
4.) One letter of recommendation from a professor or instructor who can speak to the applicant’s academic abilities and potential (preferred) or a professional colleague who can speak to the applicant’s ability or potential to manage graduate-level study.
- Students applying for the 24 credit Graduate Certificate programs in Islamic Chaplaincy, or Imam and Muslim Community Leadership must provide two letters of recommendation, one from a professor as indicated above and one from a leader in their faith community who can speak to the applicant’s abilities and potential for working in the chosen field.
5.) Interview: An interview is required for the 24 credit graduate certificate only. Applicants will be contacted by the Admissions Office to schedule an on-campus or phone interview.
One can apply through either a paper-based or an online format, both available on our website staging.hartsem.edu/admissions/apply-online/. Detailed instructions for completing the application are also provided at this link. You may also request a paper application by calling our Admissions Office at 860-509-9512.