The Ecclesiastical Program for Ministerial Candidacy (EPMC)


Credit Hours


Years to Complete

  • Residential
  • Online

    This nine-credit program prepares you to meet CRC synodical requirements by giving you an orientation to the theology, history, and ministry of the Christian Reformed Church and by walking with you on the final leg of your ministry formation journey.


    The Ecclesiastical Program for Ministerial Candidacy (EPMC) is available to you if you are in or have completed an MDiv program at another seminary but seek ordination as a Minister of the Word in the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA). In coordination with the CRCNA, Calvin Seminary provides four courses to be completed as part of the ordination process.

    The EPMC Program

    This program seeks to holistically prepare participants for ministry and meet the candidacy requirements established by the Synod of the CRCNA. The 9-credit curriculum provides an orientation to the theology, history, and ministry of the Christian Reformed Church. In addition, vocational formation components prepare students with hands-on ministry experiences, mentorship and reflection.

    Required Courses9

    Application Requirements and Deadlines

    For the EPMC Program

    For those interested in the EPMC program, you will need to apply for admissions through the CRCNA website. Below are some of the specifics about this process. If you have any questions, the admissions office is here to help or you can contact Susan LaClear at

    Admission Requirements

    The Registrar’s Office, with oversight from the Admissions and Standards Committee, will examine the academic, professional and ministry background of each applicant. If it is determined that an applicant would benefit from further study in a particular area, a learning plan will be developed which could include specific seminary electives or additional courses from another academic institution.

    Non-native in English: Applicants who are non-native in English must submit official TOEFL exam results as a part of their application for admission. A minimum internet-based total score of 80 with a score of 23 in the writing section is required. Use Calvin Theological Seminary's institutional code 1096 to order scores.

    For more specific information, please review the EPMC Handbook below, or contact Susan LaClear, Director of Candidacy for the CRCNA.

    Admission Deadlines

    Use the chart below to find out when your admission materials are due for a particular term. The due dates below are when all materials are due by (the application, recommendations, transcripts, etc). These dates are for both residential and distance hybrid students alike.

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    Please email Susan LaClear at for more information or visit the CRCNA candidacy website to learn more.