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Graduate Studies Certificate

Graduate Studies Certificate

The Graduate Studies Certificate program 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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Graduate in as little as two semesters




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What Sets Our Training Apart?

  • The option to complete the entire program from a distance through our Global Campus – a national leader in high-touch distance education.
  • Specializations in Bible, Biblical Languages, Ministry, Pastoral Care to Women, Theology and Youth and Family Ministry make for laser-focused training experiences



Specialize Your Education

Increase the relevance of your training by tailoring it to your ministry context. Work with your academic advisor to develop a concentration in a given area of specialization. Specialized areas of study include (but are not limited to):

Accessible Scheduling

The Graduate Studies Certificate may be completed in one semester’s time through conventional courses on any of our campuses or teaching sites. 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:

HYBRID MINISTRY SCHEDULE OPTION Earn 4 credits of on campus coursework in just one week per semester.
Online Courses Take all 16 credits online with support from Western faculty. Choose from any of 80 courses.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • A 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 Admissions Counselor to explore alternative Graduate Studies Certificate admission options.