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Advanced Studies Certificate

Advanced Studies Certificate

You don't have a bachelor's degree but still want to pursue advanced ministry training? The Advanced Studies Certificate (ASC) is designed specifically for you. This non-credit program provides limited and focused theological or ministry training if you do not desire graduate credit or don't meet the prerequisites to receive graduate credit.

What sets the Advanced Studies Certificate apart?

  • Skipping the credit means you pay our discounted audit tuition rate for each learning unit 
  • Take classes on campus or online
  • Learn in the same classes that our master's degree students take (except counseling)
  • Concentration options let you focus your studies tightly on your ministry passion:
    • Biblical and Theological studies
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Pastoral and Church Ministries
    • Women's Transformational Leadership

As an Advanced Studies Certificate student, you'll make the same course choices among available tracks as those offered to credit students in the Graduate Studies Certificate program, taking the courses as they are offered at the campus. While you'll earn no formal academic credit in the ASC program, you'll complete Learning Units (LUs) to demonstrate progress toward your 18-LU certificate. A two credit course in our schedule, for instance, is worth two LUs.

So find a course you'd like to start with in next semester's schedule, and then complete your ASC application to get started. 

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Advance Studies CertificateLU
Concentration Studies (see options below) 8
Biblical and Theological Studies Concentration
orIntercultural Studies Concentration
orPastoral and Church Ministries Concentration
orWomen's Transformational Leadership
Open Electives 8
Integrative Project 2
Total 18


A Learning Unit is Western Seminary's measurement of non-credit participation in a course. One LU is equivalent to 15 hours of classroom time.

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