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About the Graduate Certificate in Biblical and Theological Studies

Why Study Biblical and Theological Studies at Cedarville?

Deepen your knowledge of the Bible and theology and enhance your personal study of God's Word with the fully online, four-course, 12-credit hour graduate Certificate in Biblical and Theological Studies. You'll also increase your effectiveness as a Sunday school, Bible study, or small-group leader within your local church.

If you want to go deeper in your theological and ministry training, Cedarville also offers online master's degrees in Biblical Leadership, Ministry, and Worship and Theology. After completing the certificate, you are already one-third of the way to earning your master's!

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What Sets Cedarville Apart?

  • Biblical Worldview

    All courses are built on the solid foundation of Scripture.
  • Online and Accelerated

    All courses are offered in an online format, 1- and 2-year completion options.
  • Affordable

    Cedarville’s online ministry programs are competitively priced with available financial aid.

Program Overview

Certificate in Biblical and Theological Studies Highlights

Strong Foundation — You'll dive into God's Word, growing your theological knowledge.

Speed to Completion — Can be completed in just four seven-week courses.

Affordable — Among the lowest cost options you'll find, Cedarville is committed to affordability.

Applicable — Learn to apply Scripture to your ministry, wherever God calls you.

Universal — Open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree in any field.

What Can You Do With a Graduate Certificate in Biblical and Theological Studies?

  • You will be well qualified to teach Sunday school classes or Bible studies or lead a small group.
  • You'll be enabled for more effective engagement in various Christian ministries, including mission work, youth ministries, leadership, and pastoral support roles.
  • If you want to continue your studies, the certificate program serves as a stepping stone for further theological education.

Admission, Costs and Aid, Start Dates

Admission Requirements — The first step in your graduate school journey at Cedarville is to apply for admission.

Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements

Costs and Financial Aid — Your decision to pursue quality, Christian graduate education represents a valuable investment in your career and professional development. To assure your degree is also affordable, Cedarville graduate programs are competitively priced and can be supplemented with a variety of financial aid.

Graduate Certificate Cost Information

Program Start Dates — Applications are accepted throughout the year, and you can enroll and begin classes in August, October, January, March, May, or July.

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Program Curriculum

You will take four 3-credit courses to complete the certificate. Choose four courses from the following list:

  • Old Testament Overview
  • New Testament Overview
  • Systematic Theology 1
  • Systematic Theology 2
  • Introduction to Biblical Theology

Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

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Trent Rogers, PhD

Dean of SBTS, Associate Professor of NT and Greek


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Michael McKay, PhD

Director, Associate Professor of Biblical Theology


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Maggie Hess

Director of Graduate Recruiting - Nursing and Ministry Programs


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