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Certificate Programs

General Theological Certificate

The seminary recognizes the value of its educational programs for certain persons who have not completed a college degree but who can benefit from graduate-level studies by reason of age/maturity and significant experience in Christian ministry. Maturity will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis but is generally understood as at least 35 years of age. Significant ministry experience is means five years (or its cumulative equivalent) of church-related ministry. These criteria must be fulfilled for enrollment in seminary courses. While this program is not a degree program, the student participates in course work as a regular student. Twenty-four credit hours of study are required for the general theological certificate. At least half of this coursework must be taken in residence 

A student in this certificate program who wishes to pursue a graduate seminary degree may apply for the Master of Divinity or the Master of Arts in Christian Leadership, upon successful completion of 21 hours of credit with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The student should meet with their advisor for a formative conversation, after which the advisor will prepare a degree candidacy recommendation for faculty consideration. Degree-seeking status will be conferred after faculty approval is gained. A limited number of students may be accepted in any year into seminary degree programs.

Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies:   

Semester Hours: 16-18

This certificate is designed for curious young adult college grads interested in a deeper faith perspective as they enter the work world, for active professionals seeking to connect faith and career, and for lay Christian leaders who want to connect their engagement in God’s mission to the churches’ faithful witness. Courses will be offered in accessible (hybrid) formats.


FS 501 Formation in God’s Story I (3 SH)
FS 502 Formation in God’s Story II (3 SH)

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BVOT 511 Old Testament: Text in Context (3 SH)
BVNT 512 New Testament: Text in Context (3 SH)

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CTT 634 Living Theology (3 SH)
CTE 702 Christian Ethics  (3 SH)

Choose two elective courses (4-6SH), including at least one course designated CM (contexts of ministry), SMCL or SMFE  (skills for ministry).

Total hours: 16-18 SH

Graduate certificate completion requirement:

At the time of certificate completion student will prepare a three-four page essay responding to the following prompt: Read the EMS Purpose Statement in the seminary catalog (1-6). Focusing on the fourth guiding principle, growth as transformational leaders, describe at least three ways your ministry and your person hood have grown and/or changed during your certificate studies. Refer to specific courses, readings, assignments, or conversations with instructors and fellow students.

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