Graduate Certificates

Get a start on seminary with a graduate certificate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Boston Campus. These short, personalized non-degree programs give college graduates the opportunity to investigate the Bible and Christianity without making a commitment to a long-term degree. Students enrich their spiritual life, grow in their understanding of God’s Word, learn to put Christianity to work in the modern world, and broaden employment and volunteer opportunities in churches and parachurch ministries.

Come learn in a diverse urban setting, stretch your mind and heart, and explore whether a graduate seminary degree is right for you.

Chose from three options:

  • Graduate Certificate in Bible
  • Graduate Certificate in Christian Foundations
  • Essentials of Pastoral Care

Graduate Certificate in Bible

Courses (6) 18 Credit Hours
Old Testament Survey 3 credit hours
New Testament Survey 3 credit Hours
Interpreting the Bible 3 credit hours
Any additional in-depth Bible Course 3 credit hours
One history or theology course 3 credit hours
One cours in ministry or ethics (MC801, SE571, or Faith & Work 3 credit hours

Graduate Certificate in Christian Foundations

Courses (6) 18 Credit Hours
Old Testament or New Testament Survey 3 credit hours
One Church History Course (any) 3 credit Hours
One Theology Course (any) 3 credit hours
Church and Community 3 credit hours
One Course in Ethics/Work (SE571 or Faith & Work) 3 credit hours
MC801 Strategies, Leadership, Ministry Management 3 credit hours

*This graduate certificate offers broad exposure to a wide rang of seminary topics.

Essentials of Pastoral Care

Courses (6) 18 Credit Hours
Introduction to Counseling: the Urban/Multicultural Context 3 credit hours
Family Systems Theory or Lifespan Development 3 credit Hours
Professional Standards and Ethics 3 credit hours
Pastoral Care in the Urban Church 3 credit hours
Any approved course 3 credit hours
Any approved course 3 credit hours

Students who complete the graduate certificate can apply all credits toward an MDiv, MACO, or MA program at Gordon-Conwell (and many other seminaries) upon successful completion. Please note that each degree program has a GPA minimum requirement.

Graduate Certificate Facts

  • Learn in a diverse setting with faculty committed to the authority of God’s Word.
  • Affordable Boston Campus students receive a significant tuition discount. Click here for more info regarding tuition and fees.
  • Convenience of weeknight and weekend classes at our Boston Campus. Students also have the option of courses via Semlink+ or at another Gordon-Conwell campus. Start anytime.
  • Flexible six courses in as little as one year, or as your schedule allows.
  • Credits transfer into an MA, MDiv, or MACO program.  Explore whether a full seminary degree is right for you.

Admissions Requirements

Interested students can apply online today.  All students must submit the following:

  1. Application
  2. Two letters of recommendation: i) Church/Professional/Academic; ii) Personal
  3. Autobiography (no more than 2 pages)
  4. Personal Statement (no more than 2 pages):
  5. Official transcript documenting the completion of at least a Bachelor’s degree
  6. Immunization Records
  7. $50 Application Fee
  8. Resume (optional)
  9. TOEFL: All International Students, whose primary language is not English, must submit a TOEFL score to Gordon-Conwell, Boston Campus.

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