The Graduate Studies Certificate offers those with specific ministry interests a way to maximize
their seminary training with a minimal commitment of time. Or it can serve those who hope to clarify
their ministry call during a first year of studies. This high amount of customization in this certificate
provides lay ministers, marketplace leaders, and Christian educators with the skills and knowledge
they need to bring about Gospel-centered transformation in their particular community. If the desire
for additional training arises, credits from the Graduate Studies Certificate may be transferred
into a master’s degree program.
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What makes the
Graduate Studies Certificate unique?
- The option to complete the entire program at a distance through Western Seminary Online campus – a national leader in high-touch distance education.
- Specializations in Bible, Biblical Languages, Camp and Conference Ministry, Ministry,
Pastoral Care to Women, Theology and Youth and Family Ministry make for laser-focused
- The “Open Track” permits students to create their own specialization
with the guidance of an advisor.
View courses and course descriptions
The Graduate Studies Certificate may be completed in one semester’s time through conventional
courses on any of our campuses. Students who live at a distance may also complete their training
without the need to relocate or leave their ministry context through the following scheduling options,
though their completion timeframe may be extended:
||Students complete their training
in just one day of class on campus per week.
||Complete 4 credits of
on campus coursework in just one week per semester.
||Take all 16 credits online with support from dedicated course mentors. Choose from any of 80 courses in any semester.
- A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher
- A completed application for admission
and all admissions materials
If an applicant does not meet one of these requirements, we invite them to contact an enrollment
counselor to explore alternative admission options.
I would not hesitate to take advantage of the Graduate Studies Certificate
through Western's Online Campus (distance learning) program. As a mother of four
children, the CLL offered
just what I needed in the format that honored my family and the call
that God had placed on my life.