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



16 credits online


San Jose



What Sets Our Training Apart?

  • The option to complete the entire program from a distance through Western Seminary Online 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
  • The “Open Track” permits students to create their own specialization with the guidance of an advisor


Specialize Your Education

Increase the relevance of your training by tailoring it to your ministry context. Choose a specialization from this list, or work with an advisor to build a specialization all your own via the Open Track:

  • Biblical Languages Specialization
  • Biblical Studies Specialization
  • Theological Studies Specialization
  • Women's Transformational Leadership Specialization
  • Open Track

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:

Monday SCHEDULE OPTION Complete your training in just one day of class on campus per week.
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 a regionally 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.

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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, Western offered just what I needed in the format that honored my family and the call that God had placed on my life.

Julie CrummettGrant Specialist at Simpson UniversityGraduate Studies Certificate GraduateCottonwood, California