To train full time and lay ministers in spiritual formations, theological studies and ministerial skills for supporting churches in education, mission, counseling and general ministries.


  • Born again Christians who demonstrate maturity in his character and spiritual life, with a fervent heart and await calling into pastoral ministry.

  • Does not accept international students.

Credit Hours

  • 45 units (master-level courses)

  • After completing DCS, if the student applies and is admitted to a master program (MDiv, MTS, or MCS), all 45 units may be transferred to the program.

Degree Requirements

  • Take 11 required courses in areas of biblical and theological studies.

  • Choose 2 courses from the list of spiritual formation courses.

Course Curriculum



Required courses

  • Theological Research Methods (3)

  • The Pentateuch (3)

  • Major Prophets (3)

  • The Gospels (3)

  • Pauline Epistles (3)

  • OT Theology (4)

  • NT Theology (4)

  • Hermeneutics (4)

  • Systematic Theology 1: Doctrine of God, Doctrine of Creation, and Doctrine of Revelation (4)

  • Systematic Theology 2: Christology, Soteriology, and Doctrine of Humanity (4)

  • Church History (4)

Spiritual Formation (choose 2 courses)

  • Biblical Foundation of Spiritual Formation (3)

  • Self-awareness and Holistic Person Development (3)

  • Lifelong Development of a Spiritual Leader (3)

  • Christian Spiritual Heritage and Practice (3)

  • Community Approach to Spiritual Formation (3)



Admission Requirements

Born again, baptized for at least 3 yrs, committed to education, mission, counseling or general ministry, BA degree or its equivalent.

Application Procedure

Request application package from CESNA Admission Department. Two recommendation letters from pastor or church leaders (to be sent directly to CESNA). Upon receiving your completed application forms with accompanying documents and application fees, you will be notified to sit for admission tests if you fulfilled preliminary requirements.。

Admission Tests

1) Written: Bible Knowledge, Chinese & English; 2) Interview. Candidates who passed the tests will receive admission acceptance letter.


Contact Us

1520 W. Cameron Ave., Suite 275

West Covina, CA 91790

Hot line: +1 626-917-9482


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