Is it right for you?


Is it right for you?


Course of study

The C:TM 14-week course of study is designed to develop deeper critical engagement with Christian theology and foster rich and imaginative applications to your lives and context. You begin by re-examining the Old and New Testament and discussing with your peers and professors its implications for modern life. The first two courses are followed by a midterm. You will then apply those biblical insights to theological underpinnings of the Christian faith and their implications for pluricentric contemporary world Christianity.


Old Testament for Faith and Life

Dr. Dennis Olsen // 3 weeks

Together with students from around the world, we'll travel through Old Testament stories of suffering and revenge, listen to modern researchers and theologians, and discuss together—all in hopes of reshaping the way we view the Old Testament in modern life.

New Testament

Dr. Eric Barreto // 3 weeks

In this course we'll map out a journey through the gospel of Luke, carefully noting how Luke's unique story of the Jesus, who heals and saves, transforms how we see the world differently and act in it.




Dr. Ellen Charry // 3 weeks

Theology is sustained reflection on God and the things of God. This course aims to help people know, love, and enjoy God better that they and the societies to which they contribute may flourish thereby.

World Christianity

Dr. Raimundo Barreto // 3 weeks

This course introduces students to the development of a pluricentric contemporary world Christianity, highlighting the perspectives and contributions offered by Christians from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and their diasporas. It includes key historic, demographic, cultural, and theological themes, which have contributed to shape Christianity in these different regions.


Required Texts

About the Bible: Short Answers to Big Questions 
Revised and Expanded Edition, Terence Fretheim (Augsburg Books 2009)

Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the Ancient Faith
Ronald E. Heine (Baker Academic 2013)

The Christian Theology Reader, 4th ed.
Alister E. McGrath (Wiley-Blackwell 2011)

Christianity as a World Religion: An Introduction, 2nd ed. 
Sebastian Kim & Kirsteen Kim, (2016)

Introducing World Christianity
Charles E. Farhadian, ed. (West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)


see the world differently ...

see the world differently ...

Our C:TM Faculty

For more than 200 years, Princeton Theological Seminary has been a leader in theological scholarship because of its preeminent biblical scholars and theologians. With C:TM, we open the doors of our classrooms to the world:


Dennis T. Olson | Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology | Chair of the Biblical Studies Department at Princeton Theological Seminary

Course: Old Testament

Dennis Olson is the Charles Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.  He earned his Ph.D. in Old Testament from Yale University. His scholarly interests and writings focus on the Pentateuch, literary approaches to Old Testament interpretation, and Old Testament theology. He has a strong commitment to bringing Scripture into dialogue with contemporary issues of faith and life. An ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he served as a parish pastor for four years before coming to Princeton Seminary where he has taught for the past 29 years.  He is the author of several books, including theological commentaries on the Old Testament book of Numbers (Interpretation series) the book of Deuteronomy (with the title Deuteronomy and the Death of Moses, A Theological Reading), and the book of Judges in The New Interpreter’s Bible, Volume 2.  He is currently writing a commentary and a theological study on the book of Exodus.


Eric Barreto | Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament

Course: New Testament

Eric D. Barreto is Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary and an ordained Baptist minister. The author of Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16 (Mohr Siebeck, 2010), the co-author of Exploring the Bible (Fortress Press, 2016), and editor of Reading Theologically (Fortress Press, 2014), he is also a regular contributor to ONScripture.org, the Huffington Post, WorkingPreacher.org, and EntertheBible.org. For more, go to ericbarreto.com and follow him on Twitter (@ericbarreto)


Ellen T. Charry | Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Theology

Course: Theology

Ellen T. Charry is the Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. She earned the MA and PhD in religion from Temple University following the MSW from Yeshiva University and the BA from Barnard College. She held a Henry Luce post-doctoral fellowship at Yale Divinity School and served on the faculty of the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University before joining the Princeton Theological Seminary faculty in 1997. She was a member of the “Pursuit of Happiness” project at Emory University and is currently a senior advisor to the project on “Happiness and Well-Being: integrating research across the disciplines” housed at St. Louis University, both sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. She has been teaching in the on-line certificate in theology and ministry since its inception.

She pursues two central theological interests. One is the role of religious beliefs and practices on character formation in pursuit of human flourishing. Her monographs in this area are By the Renewing of your Mind: The Pastoral Function of Christian Doctrine (1997) and God and the Art of Happiness (2010). The other is the theological relationships among the world’s religions with special interest in the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. Her most recent book is Sighs and Songs of Israel: A Theological Commentary on Psalms 1–50: (2015). Her next project is “The Wall of Hostility has come down: Rethinking the Jewish-Christian Relationship.


Raimundo César Barreto Jr. | Assistant Professor of World Christianity

Course: World Christianity

Raimundo César Barreto Jr., assistant professor of world Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary, is an ordained Baptist minister. Barretto earned his B.Th. degree from the Northern Brazil Baptist Theological Seminary and from the Superior School of Theology, in Brazil, his MDiv from McAfee School of Theology/Mercer University, and his PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Princeton Seminary he taught at Brazil’s Northeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and at the Brazilian Baptist College. He also served as director of the Division of Freedom and Justice of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). His interests include world Christianities, religion and society in Latin America, Latino/a Christianity, ecumenics, and interfaith relations.


see the world anew ...

see the world anew ...


Cost & Financial Aid

The fee for the 14-week C:TM program is $600. Payment will be requested after admittance to the program. Multiple payment structures are available and limited financial aid is available on a case-by-case basis. The fee covers all four courses and must be received by Princeton Theological Seminary before the online platform opens for your cohort. Students will also be responsible for purchasing approximately one book per course. The cost of the course does not include books or other materials.

Learn to see the world differently with Princeton Theological Seminary's dynamic online certificate unlike any other. You will get the chance to:

  • Meet and ask questions to PTS professors face-to-face in our virtual, Live Experience Studio every week
  • Study courses developed by our PTS professors and PhD students
  • Interact and connect with C:TM students from around the world
  • Grow your theological framework
  • Experience all this within your own context and country
  • Earn an online certificate unlike any other

Are you ready?