Graduate Certificate in Theology for peacebuilding

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Eastern Mennonite Seminary offers a Graduate Certificate in Theology for Peacebuilding (GCTP). This certificate will be of particular interest to students of conflict management and transformation who want to integrate biblical and theological perspectives into their peacebuilding studies. It will also be of interest to persons who would appreciate a stand-alone certificate that holds together the theory and practice of conflict transformation with biblical and theological perspectives on peacebuilding.

This graduate certificate requires the completion of 24 semester hours (SH) of study, 15 SH from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and 9 SH from EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP). When the GCTP is earned as a component of a Masters of Arts in Conflict Transformation degree (MACT), 3 SH of the total 15 SH of biblical/theological coursework can be negotiated as a comparable CJP elective. In addition, 9 SH hours of core CJP requirements (preferably practice oriented classes) will be included as components of the certificate.

As a stand-alone graduate certificate, the GCTP will combine 15 SH of biblical/theological studies (to be identified by EMS) and 9 SH of practical and theoretical conflict transformation courses. Either Foundations of Peacebuilding I (offered every fall) or Analysis and Formation for Peacebuilding Practice (offered during Summer Peacebuilding Institute) will be required courses, using 6 of the 9 SH required CJP credits. Credits in the conflict transformation program will be charged at the CJP tuition rate. Seminary credits will be charged at the seminary rate.

The 15 SH of seminary coursework can be sequenced for MACT students over two or more years. Some of the relevant courses will be available in a summer time frame. Students will select seminary courses with a particular focus on Anabaptist theology, ethics, and biblical perspectives on justice and peacemaking. GCTP students will work with a seminary advisor to select the most appropriate courses from those offered in any given year.

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