Certificate Programs

Certificate programs (no academic credit) at Phillips Theological Seminary offer the opportunity to access courses from the theological curriculum for personal or professional enrichment. Certificate students attend classes and complete assigned readings, but are not required to do written work or take tests. All certificate programs are 15 semester hours. Certificates are offered in the following areas:

  • Biblical Studies
  • General Theological Studies
  • Social Justice Studies

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

  • No bachelor’s degree required
  • Apply online today
  • $25 application fee

Additional information

  • $40 per hour
  • Books are separate cost
  • No financial aid for certificate students

Biblical Studies

The certificate (for which participants do not earn academic credit) program in Biblical Studies offers lay people and other individuals access to advanced biblical study in a progressive context. The certificate can be completed by taking courses online or on campus.


Curriculum:

The semester-hours required for this certificate include:

Phase I: Invitation to Community…………………………………………. 6 semester-hours

  • HB 500 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
  • NT 500 Introduction to the New Testament

Phase II: Vital Conversations ………………………………………………. 12 semester-hours

In Phase II students continue to utilize the strategies learned in Phase I to develop further skills and deepen knowledge in biblical studies, to be distributed as follows:

  • Hebrew Bible (6 hours)
  • New Testament (6 hours)

General Theological Studies

The certificate (for which participants do not earn academic credit) program in General Theological Studies offer lay people and other individuals access to theological education in a progressive context without completing a full master’s degree. The certificate in graduate theological studies can be completed by taking courses online or on campus.


Curriculum:

15 hours of course work will be selected in consultation with an adviser, taking into consideration course prerequisites and the student’s interests. Anyone with a specific area of interest should consult the office of Admissions to discover the availability of courses in the area of interest before applying.

Social Justice Studies

The certificate (for which participants do not earn academic credit) program in Social Justice Studies offer lay people and other individuals the opportunity to explore the intersections of social justice and theological studies without completing a full master’s degree. The certificate in social justice studies can be completed by taking courses online or on campus.


Curriculum:

15-16 hours of course work will be selected in consultation with an adviser, taking into consideration course prerequisites and the student’s interests. For example, a student might consider ethics, biblical studies, history and theology, conflict and violence, gender and sexuality, feminist/womanist issues, liberation and post-colonial studies, black theology, and the Civil Rights movement.

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