Many laypeople are interested in learning more about the Bible. This is true whether they are involved with church or parachurch ministries, or simply want to become better students of Scripture. To serve these individuals, many seminaries offer a Biblical Studies Certificate. A certificate in Biblical studies from an accredited theology school is typically a graduate-level certificate awarded after a student completes a series of Bible courses. The number of courses required varies, but six common. It is usually possible to complete a Certificate in Biblical Studies after a year of part-time study.
The curriculum for a Certificate in Biblical Studies usually includes required Old and New Testament survey classes, along with electives that typically focus on either one book of the Bible, or a group of books, such as the minor prophets or Pauline epistles. Individuals who hold a Biblical Studies Certificate may find that the credential qualifies them for a lay leader position at their church, particularly within the Christian education program, or for a professional role at a parachurch ministry, such as a publishing house or missions board.
Seminaries with Certificate in Biblical Studies Programs
- Denver Seminary (Graduate Certificate in Biblical and Theological Studies)
- Talbot School of Theology (Certificate in Biblical and Theological Studies)
- Western Seminary (Graduate Studies Certificate with Biblical Studies focus)
Other seminary school degree and certificate options:
- Anglican Studies Certificate
- Christian Studies Certificate
- Church Planting Certificate
- Systematic Theology Certificate
- Youth Ministry Certificate
See all the seminary certificate and degree options we list.