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
  • 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.

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 or December 1 for Spring Term

Applications received after these dates will be reviewed on a space available basis

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The 2019-2020 CRCDS Academic Catalogue may be viewed at this link.

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