Certificate in Theological Studies
The Certificate in Theological Studies is ideally suited for those who want a well rounded and advanced theological education, but do not need or desire a degree. The certificate program consists of the major core courses of the Master of Arts Program and meets at Ecumenical Theological Seminary.
This 36 quarter hour program is designed for people who want to deepen and enrich their spiritual life through theological study or are exploring their call to ministry, or who want some limited ministerial training but are not seeking a Master of Divinity Degree.
To receive a Certificate in Theological Studies, a total of eight required courses from the masters’ level curriculum must be completed in addition to one elective from any area. In case of special interest or circumstances some course substitutions may be made in consultation with and on the recommendation of your faculty advisor.
Courses in the Certificate in Theological Studies Program
GEN 5001 Intro to Theological Writing & Research … 4 quarter hrs.
PM 5000 Formation for Ministry … 4 quarter hrs.
BS 5000 Biblical Hermeneutics … 4 quarter hrs.
BS 5100 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (OT) … 4 quarter hrs.
BS 5200 Introduction to the New Testament … 4 quarter hrs.
ETH 6000 Church and Society … 4 quarter hrs.
HIS 6000 Church History I … 4 quarter hrs.
(… or HIS 6100 Church History II) … (4 quarter hrs.)
SYS 6000 Systematic Theology I … 4 quarter hrs.
(… or SYS 6100 Systematic Theology II) … (4 quarter hrs.)
Plus: One elective course from any area … 4 quarter hrs.
If, during your course of study for the Certificate in Theological Studies, you decide that you want to enter the ETS Master of Divinity Program (MDiv), or Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry Program (MAPM) the courses taken in the Certificate program may be easily transferred. You must meet with the program director of desired program for advising.
Our recruitment team and admissions personnel are ready to assist you. To apply for the Certificate in Theological Studies Program, please prepare and submit the following:
- Online Application
- A non-refundable application fee of $45.00 must be paid at the time of submitting the application. Your application will not be processed until payment has been received.
- A formally written “Statement of Purpose.” This paper will be used to assess your critical thinking, self-awareness, and writing skills. It does not have a minimum length, but should adequately represent what you will bring to your studies at ETS academically, theologically, and personally.
- Three signed letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your pastor or from another church leader. If you have a difficult time obtaining the letters of recommendation, please contact the admissions office. All recommendation letters must be submitted in a sealed envelope.
- Official transcripts must be mailed directly from your undergraduate or graduate institution to ETS. Student-issued transcripts are not acceptable. All transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope.
An interview with the Program Director may be required based on an evaluation of your completed admission file. The final admission decision will be made by the Admissions Committee on a rolling basis.
Apply today to take the next step into your future. We look forward to talking with you soon.
The Certificate in Theological Studies program requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution. This degree may be in any field.
This is the first quarter of a three quarter sequence in the study of biblical Hebrew.
This is the second quarter of a three quarter sequence in the study of biblical Hebrew.
This is a general introductory course to the New Testament with an emphasis on the historical contexts and unique theological perspectives of the individual New Testament texts.
The importance of the Psalms in defining the religious thought of the Old Testament is emphasized with particular reference to contemporary scholarship that lays bare the origins and development of the Psalms within their religious and cultural setting.
This course offers a detailed historical study of the Gospel of Matthew with its unique emphasis on the Jewishness of Jesus as the son of David messiah, descendant of Abraham, and the Jewishness of Jesus’ earliest followers.
This course will examine issues of Roman dominance in the Mediterranean world from the second century BCE to the second century CE. Special attention will be given to issues of empirical ideologies of power, wealth, exploitation, and economic marginalization, as these important social and political realities were a concern for conquered peoples enslaved under Roman political and social dominance in this period.
From the various “theologies” of the Bible, you will explore options in developing a holistic understanding of the biblical message from the biblical text itself.
This course explores the meaning of ethics, the principle sources of ethical wisdom and various systematic approaches dealing with ethical dilemmas.
This required course for first-year students explores the process of scholarly research and writing in theological disciplines.
The Church History I and Church History II courses identify and explore the fundamental theological questions of the Christian tradition and examine the various ways in which the church evolved in response to those questions.
This course will give an overview of Martin Luther’s life and his major writings.
This course engages in a systematic study of John Calvin’s theology, with particular focus on the development of the Reformer’s thought in the various editions of Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion.
This course introduces systematic and constructive theology by exploring the motivations, qualities, and implications of theological thinking and theological knowledge for theologians across Christian history.
Systematic Theology II maps Christian doctrines and their histories in relation to contemporary theological conversations, while developing the skills necessary for responsible, life-giving, and faithful theological thinking.
This course looks at the way culture was adapted by Jesus to galvanize a peasant resistance movement in Palestine, how the creativity went urban and outlaw under Paul, became bardic and monastic with the Iris, adopted griot features in slavery, shamanic savvy in Brazil, guru-wiles in India, and continues to twist domination into vitality and defiance under the beats and braggadocio of hip-hop today.
This course will explore issues in life and ministry through the integrated lenses of theology,
ecology and spirituality.
This seminar wrestles with Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life, times, ethical vision and moral lessons.
Based on the premise that leading worship is a minister’s primary responsibility, this course provides an overview of Christian worship from historical, cultural, and pastoral perspectives.
This course will introduce you to the basic theoretical concepts and practices that support a congregation’s educational ministry.
This course will cover basic types of professional pastoral care and counseling that have become normative for traditional Protestantism in the 21st century, along with more recently articulated African-American and feminist approaches.
This course explores the personal leadership styles, values and principles of a congregational leader, especially as they are manifest in non-church, mission culture of our time.
The emphasis of this course is on conversation with the authoritative voices that represent
diverse religious communities and living religions in America today, including imams, rabbis
and priests. You will also learn the basic principles of the world’s religions as you visit
mosques, temples, and gardens.
This course studies the history, theology and practice of Christian worship and music. It
examines the relationship between theology and worship by examining the biblical basis for
worship, the history of Christian liturgy and contemporary worship.
The Baptist History and Polity Course gives students critical understanding and appreciation of Baptist life, thought, and practice through 400 years of history.
This course focuses on elements of critical reflection on tradition and contemporary issues, especially in the area the leadership of worship for Presbyterian (USA) students who seek to be teaching elders, commissioned ruling elders, and educators.