Certificate in Theology

Units by Discipline
Total Units Price per unit Bible Exposition Intercultural Studies Languages Philosophy Practical Ministry Research / Christian Education Spiritual Formation Theology Electives
32 $575 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 12 10

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David A Horner

David A Horner


The mission of the Certificate in Theology is to provide an introductory measure of theological and biblical training for individuals who have not as yet determined to enter a full seminary degree program but who nevertheless wish to deepen their knowledge of God and His Word and grow in their ability to minister to others. 

The Certificate in Theology is designed with two specific needs in mind.  The first is for persons who seek a year of study in preparation for lay service with an overseas mission agency, or for more effective lay involvement in the life of their local congregation.  It also serves as a "trial year in seminary" for persons who wish to test their gifts and skills with a view toward possible further preparation for full-time Christian ministry.

Certificate course work may later be applied toward a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts degree.


Students will be able to:

  • Learn the skills required for graduate-level research and writing, including bibliographic and library skills, formatting and style, and interacting with primary and secondary sources.
  • Be able to articulate and defend the correct, biblical view on the following central doctrines: theology proper (including God's nature, attributes, triunity, works, and Fatherhood), and bibliology, as well as other central doctrines such as: Christology, pneumatology, soteriology, prolegomena, angelology/demonology, anthropology, hamartiology, the relationship between Israel and the church, the nature of the church and its ministries, eschatology, and ecclesiology.

  • Understand the significance of the above-mentioned central doctrines for personal life and ministry.

  • Know the history of hermeneutics, the basic principles of grammatico-historical exegesis, and the basic principles of lexical semantics to determine the meaning of biblical words. The student will develop a commitment to more effectively meditate on God's Word in his or her own spiritual lives.

  • Know the theme and major contributions of each Old Testament book, discover the importance of historical background to the interpretation of the Old Testament, and develop greater confidence in the Old Testament as a trustworthy guide to faith and life.

  • Be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the following: a historical outline of the NT; how each NT book fits into the outline; the broad historical and cultural backgrounds to the NT; and the basic theme and teaching of each NT book. The student will be able to evaluate critical views of the NT from an evangelical perspective.

Admissions Requirements

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  • Applicants must possess a Bachelor of Arts degree or its academic equivalent from an accredited college with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

  • All applicants must submit a written statement outlining their vocational objectives and how the certificate relates to those objectives.

Graduation Requirements

  • Satisfactorily complete all courses for a total of 32 semester units as outlined in the curriculum below.

  • Obtain a 3.0 GPA with no grade below a “C-” in all courses to be credited toward graduation.

  • At least 24 units must be taken at this seminary.

  • Complete the entire program in no more than five years.


Electives: 6 credits selected from TTBE, TTNT, TTOT, TTTH, TTHT, TTPH

Electives: 4

Course Credits
BE 517 Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods 3
TH 511 Theology I - Revelation & Nature of God 3
SS 510 Theological Research Methodology 1
BE 520 Survey of Matthew-Revelation 3
TH 512 Theology II - Works of God, Angels, Man & Sin 3
  Elective in BE, NT, OT, TH, PH, PM 3
TH 613 Theology III - Christ, Salvation and the Spirit 3
BE 519 Survey of Genesis-Malachi 3
  Elective 2
TH 614 Theology IV - The Church and Last Things 3
  Elective in BE, NT, OT, TH, PH, PM 3
  Elective 2
  Total 32

BOLDED courses are available in an Online or Hybrid format

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  • "Plus" courses are intended to give the student credit for theoretical and experiential work done outside of the classroom. This applies to the following courses: SF 543, 642, 670.
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