Certificate in Theological Studies

Director of the Certificate in Theological Studies James Waddell Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

The Certificate in Theological Studies is ideally suited for those who want a well rounded and advanced theological education, but do not need a degree. The certificate program consists of the major core courses of the Master of Arts Program and meets at Ecumenical Theological Seminary.

 

 

Application Information

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.

Requirements

The Certificate in Theological Studies program requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution. This degree may be in any field.

Classes

BL5001 Biblical Hebrew I

This is the first quarter of a three quarter sequence in the study of biblical Hebrew.

 ⁄   ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

BL5002 Biblical Hebrew II

This is the second quarter of a three quarter sequence in the study of biblical Hebrew.

 ⁄   ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

BS5200 Introduction to the New Testament

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.

BS7005 Psalms

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.

 ⁄   ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

BS7103 Gospel of Matthew

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.

 ⁄   ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

BST7201 Biblical Theology

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.

ETH6100 Theoretical Foundations of Christian Ethics

This course explores the meaning of ethics, the principle sources of ethical wisdom and various systematic approaches dealing with ethical dilemmas.

,  ⁄   ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

ETH7002 Human Sexuality and Ethics

GEN5001 Introduction to Theological Writing and Research

This required course for first-year students explores the process of scholarly research and writing in theological disciplines.

HIS6100 Church History II

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.

,  ⁄   ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

HIST7001 Life and Thought of Martin Luther

This course will give an overview of Martin Luther’s life and his major writings.

,  ⁄   ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

HIST7002 Theology and Legacy of John Calvin

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.

 ⁄   ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

SYS6000 Systematic Theology I: Thinking Theologically

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.

,  ⁄   ⁄  Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity, Certificate in Theological Studies

SYS6100 Systematic Theology II: Doctrines

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.

,  ⁄   ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

SYS7001 Christology & Culture

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.

,  ⁄   ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

SYS7002 Theology in a Multicultural Context

 ⁄   ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

SYS7003 Theology, Ecology, and Spirituality

This course will explore issues in life and ministry through the integrated lenses of theology,
ecology and spirituality.

,  ⁄   ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

SYST7102 Theology of Bonhoeffer

This seminar wrestles with Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life, times, ethical vision and moral lessons.

 ⁄   ⁄  Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity, Certificate in Theological Studies

TPM6001 Introduction to Christian Worship

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.

TPM6003 Introduction to Christian Education

This course will introduce you to the basic theoretical concepts and practices that support a congregation’s educational ministry.

TPM6004 Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling

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.

TPM6006 Introduction to/Enrichment of Spirituality

TPM7003 Church Leadership for the 21st Century

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.

TPM7004 Interreligious Dialogue

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.

TPM7005 Christian Spirituality II

TPMT7001 Principles and Practices of Church Music

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.

TPMT7002 Baptist History and Polity

The Baptist History and Polity Course gives students critical understanding and appreciation of Baptist life, thought, and practice through 400 years of history.

TPMT7003 Presbyterian Worship and Sacraments

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.

TPMT7004 Art & Spirituality