Universal Life Church Online Seminary Distance Learning Course Programs

The Universal Life Church is a unique organization. The ULC allows people to become ordained first, and each person can choose later if they want to pursue specialized ministerial training or religious education.

ULC Seminary is an extension of the Universal Life Church, presenting expansive coursework and offering a variety of different paths for ministers of the ULC to explore. With a continually growing list of over 28 secular and inter-denominational online training courses, we believe this education is helpful toward extending services to our communities personally and professionally.

The Universal Life Church Seminary distance learning education programs we offer can lead to earning Master of Ministry and Doctor of Ministry degrees.

For more information, you can visit our online distance learning education website at ulcseminary.org

About Enrollment and Course Program Requirements

All of the courses in our Learning Program are offered by ULC Seminary. You do not need to be ordained by our church to enroll. Any person can enroll into as few or as many courses as desired. 

Through ULC Seminary, any student can pursue earning their Master of Ministry and Doctor of Ministry diplomas. ULC Seminary also offers a Chaplaincy Studies Program whereupon the title of Chaplain is bestowed to participants who fulfill all requirements to graduate the program. 

After successfully completing any ULC Seminary course, a student will be awarded a completion certificate and Seminary Course Credits. Anywhere from 4-5 credits are earned depending on the study. We also grant 2 Seminary Credits for successful completion of certificate courses offered by Modesto Headquarters if the course is ordered through our store website.

Credits are not applied to Honorary degrees and diplomas as there is no course taken to earn a pass/fail grade with an honorary certificate.

Below is an example of the requirements to complete our Chaplaincy Program.

Beginning January 2022, the requirements for completing the ULC Seminary CHAPLAINCY Program are listed below:

1. Acquire a current ULC Seminary Membership Certificate here.
You do not need to wait for your certificate to arrive to start any course. The certificate can be acquired at any time. However, you must hold a current standing of Student Membership in the year you submit to have completion of the Chaplaincy Program recorded. We like to recommend for you to always keep your membership status current to receive discounts for your ongoing education as you continue to progress.

2. Complete 10 ULC Seminary courses.
Seven of the classes (listed below) are required. Three others can be of your own choosing.
(You will simultaneously earn a Master of Ministry diploma as a result of accumulating 40+ credits.)

The Seven Required Courses for the Chaplaincy Program are:

Bachelor of Ancient Hermetic Philosophy
Master of Chaplaincy Studies
Master of Comparative Religion
Master of Spiritual Leadership
Master of Spiritual Philosophy (aka Master of Spirituality)
Master of Religious Philosophy
Doctor of Spiritual Development

Choose Three Electives:
Select any three available ULC Seminary Courses

3. A time-requirement of 72 hours of volunteer and ministry work that Chaplains would fulfill must also be completed. The volunteer work must be approved by the administrators as acceptable for the program before proceeding.

You will be asked to write an essay about your volunteer work experience as a Chaplain when all other requisites are completed. The essay will go before our Board of Directors for review. Upon approval, the bestowal of your Chaplain title will be documented and your certificate of graduation from the Chaplaincy Program will be awarded.

Summary: A total of ten courses accumulating 40 or more credits, 72 volunteer hours and an essay about your experience as a volunteer Chaplain are required to complete the Chaplaincy Program.

The courses may be taken in any order of preference. You work at your own pace.


A Master of Ministry certificate is earned at 40 Seminary Credits.
A Doctor of Ministry certificate is earned at 60 Seminary Credits.
A Doctor of Ministry with Honors is awarded at 75 Credits earned.

– To be awarded your Master or Doctor of Ministry Diplomas, your ULC Seminary Membership certificate must be in current standing.
– The Doctor of Ministry Diploma is issued after completing an interview with our review board submitted as a document along with a capstone essay submission.

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