The certificate (no academic credit) and graduate diploma (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 introductory courses in Hebrew Bible, New Testament, History of Christianity I & II and Christian Theology, for a total of 15 hours. Someone with an interest in theological studies might consider Intro to New Testament, History of Christianity II, Intro to Christian Theology, and two elective courses in theology. Anyone with a specific area of interest should consult the Director of Student Recruitment to discern 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 $225 per hour for tuition, meaning a 3-hour course is $675. Diploma students also pay $100 in fees for each semester that they are enrolled in the program. Cost of books is separate. 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.