Graduate Certificate Studies Program

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Continuing Education for Clergy and Laity

The Graduate Certificate Studies Program provides continuing educational opportunities for both clergy and laity. Clergy are able to pursue concentrated study in specializations that are relevant to their ministry context; while laity can benefit from relevant theological education that will enhance the practice of a variety of professions.

Course Requirements
Students in the program will take the standard three-credit graduate courses offered in the master’s level programs and complete all of the same work that is required of the degree students. The courses meet once a week for three hours with courses being offered during both day and evening time blocks. 
Continuing Education Credit
Courses in the Graduate Certificate Studies Program qualify for continuing education units (CEUs). Each three-credit course earns 3.6 continuing education units (CEUs). 
Download the Graduate Certificate Studies brochure below.


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Program Overview
The Graduate Certificate Studies Program requires the satisfactory completion of six (6) graduate level courses taken in an area of concentration. We are currently offering the following areas of concentration:
  •       Social Change and Transformation
  •       Ethics
  •       Preaching
  •       Black Church Studies
  •       Inter-Religious Dialogue
  •       Pastoral Care
  •       Women & Gender Studies
A student may also choose to design his or her own curriculum concentration in consultation with the Director of Life Long Learning. 
Admission Requirements
Admission to the Graduate Certificate Studies Program requires a completed four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
Applicants should submit the following documents:
  1. Completed application form.
  2. Official transcripts from all post-secondary educational experiences.
  3. Recommendations from two (2) persons who are in a position to evaluate the applicant’s ability and promise. Recommendation forms are provided in the application packet and on our website.
  4. A nonrefundable application processing fee of $35. 


Click below to download the Graduate Certificate Studies application.

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Click below to download the recommendation form.

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Once admitted, the student will be assigned to the Director of Life Long Learning who will act as academic advisor to Certificate students.

Application Deadlines
Students who intend to begin studies in the fall should apply no later than July 1.
Students who intend to begin studies in the spring should apply no later than December 1.
Tuition Costs and Financial Aid
The tuition rate for Graduate Certificate Studies courses is currently $750 per course plus additional fees. 
Financial aid is not available for this program.
Transfer of Coursework into Degree Programs
If a student enrolls in the Graduate Certificate Studies Program and later decides to apply for either the Master of Arts or Master of Divinity degree programs, she/he may transfer no more than three (3) Graduate Certificate Studies courses for credit towards the degree. A transfer fee of $500 per course will also be charged to make paid tuition comparable to the rates paid by degree students.

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