Certificates & Diplomas

Western Seminary offers a wide range of certificates and diplomas apart from our master's level degrees. Our graduate studies diploma and certificate offer a gospel-centered foundation for those in lay, marketplace, or bi-vocational ministry. We also provide training for more specialized ministry training such as coaching and addiction studies. 

Graduate Studies Diploma

A diploma for those who seek formal Bible, theology or ministry training, but don’t require a master’s degree in their ministry context.

30 credits

Portland / San Jose / Online

Graduate Studies Certificate

A highly customizable entry point into theological education for lay ministers, marketplace leaders, and Christian educators.

16 credits

Portland / San Jose / Online

Advanced Certificates in Transformational Coaching

Coaching training for ministry and marketplace contexts which can apply toward credentialing with the International Coach Federation (ICF).

9 courses


Addiction Studies Certificate

Get equipped to work with substance abuse, dependency, sexual addiction, and a variety of other addictions as a licensed therapist, lay leader, or pastor.

30 credits

San Jose

Lay Leadership Training

Our Center for Leadership Development (CLD) provides a broad range of biblical, theological, and ministerial training resources to those seeking to be better equipped for service and/or ministry leadership.

Group certificates available


Advanced Studies Certificate

A non-credit program for those without a bachelor's degree seeking theological training.


Portland | San Jose | Online