The certificate (for which participants do not earn academic credit) and the graduate diploma (for which participants earn master's level credit) programs in General Studies offer lay people and other individuals access to theological education in a progressive context without completing a full master's degree. Either the certificate or graduate diploma in graduate theological studies can be completed by taking courses online or on campus.
15 hours of course work will be selected in consultation with an adviser, taking into consideration course prerequisites and the student's interests. For example, a student who wants a general introduction to theological education might consider taking the portal courses in Interpretation Matters, Context Matters, Conversation Matters, for a total of 12 hours and adding an additional 3-hour elective in area of special interest. Anyone with a specific area of interest should consult the Director of Student Recruitment to discover the availability of courses in the area of interest before applying.
Graduate diploma students must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.5 or better. Certificate students are not required to have a bachelor's degree.
The cost for certificate students is $80 per hour, meaning a 3 hour course is $240. The cost for graduate diploma students is $275 per hour for tuition, meaning a 3-hour course is $825. For members of a congregation in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or the United Church of Christ, tuition is $250, meaning a 3-hour course is 750. Diploma students also pay $100 in fees for each semester that they are enrolled in the program. Books are a separate cost. There is no financial assistance available for certificate and graduate diploma students.
For more information, contact Josh Linton or by telephone at (918) 270-6463.