Graduate Certificate Studies Program
Purpose: 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.
Continuing Education Units: Courses in the Graduate Certificate Studies Program qualify for continuing education units (CEUs). Each course earns 3.6 continuing education units (CEUs).
Eligibility: Admission to the Graduate Certificate Studies program requires a completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75/4.0.
Curriculum: The Graduate Certificate Studies Program requires the satisfactory completion of 6 master’s level courses taken in an area of concentration. We are currently offering the following areas of concentration:
- Social Change and Transformation
- Black Church Studies
- Inter-Religious Dialogue
- Pastoral Care
- Earth, Justice & Spirituality (EJS)
- Gender, Sexual & Racial Justice (GSRJ)
A student may also choose to design his or her own curriculum concentration in consultation with the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Deborah J. Rogers.
Tuition Costs and Financial Aid: The tuition rate for Graduate Certificate Studies courses is currently $1,794 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.
Application Deadlines: July 1 for Fall Term and December 1 for Spring Term.
Applications received after these dates will be reviewed on a space available basis
The 2020-2021 CRCDS Academic Catalogue may be viewed at this link.
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