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These programs are primarily intended for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a non-ministry area who desire advanced theological training to enhance their service to the church.  Designed with the layperson in mind, they may also appeal to those with an undergraduate theological background who desire a less intensive graduate program.  The programs provide flexibility to pursue an individual interest.

Graduate Certificate in Ministerial and Theological Studies (24 credits)

BIB/BNT/BOT Any Bible course 3
MCC/MCE/MCH Any ministry course 3
THE Any theology course 3
RES 536 Research Methods I 3
Any four courses 12


  • The student must meet general admission requirements.
  • The student may enter with, and must maintain, a 2.3 GPA.
  • After the completion of 18 credits, with a minimum 2.5 GPA, the student may apply to transfer to the MA program, provided they meet all the degree prerequisites, and have faculty approval.
  • The student may not receive any scholarship or financial aid.
  • A student who completes the Graduate Certificate Program will receive 12 credits of advanced standing in any 48 credit APTS MA degrees.
  • Students who earn an M.A. or M.Div. degree within two years of receiving a Graduate Certificate in Ministerial and Theological Studies must surrender the graduate certificate before receiving their master’s degree.

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Graduate Concentration Certificate in Ministerial and Theological Studies (15 credits)

Graduate concentration certificates are offered in several subject areas. These graduate certificates require 15 credits and can be pursued as an individual academic award or as a concentration in a degree program. However, no more than two Graduate Concentration Certificates will be awarded to the same student, and a specific course may not be applied to more than one certificate. The student must meet the general admission requirements. Requirements for graduate certificates in specific areas are as follows:

Bible School Ministry:
MCE 523 Educational Psychology 3
MCE 524 Curriculum Theory & Development 3
MCE 541 College Teaching 3
MCE 637 Practicum in College Teaching 3
One approved elective 3
Christian Education:
MCE 522 Foundations of Christian Education 3
MCE 529 Discipleship Ministries in the Church 3
MCE 638 Practicum in Christian Education 3
Two Christian Education electives 6
MIS 510 Perspectives in World Missions 3
MIS 580 Cross-Cultural Communications 3
MIS 567 Biblical Theology of Missions 3
MIS 637 Practicum in Missions 3
One Mission elective 3
Pastoral Counseling:
MCH 523 Pastoral Counseling 3
MCH 624 Contemporary Issues in Pastoral Counseling 3
MCH 637 Practicum in Counseling 3
Two Counseling electives 6


  • Each academic year the required courses for at least one certificate program will be offered. However, due to limitations in faculty and student enrollment, the courses for other certificates may not be available in any given year. Consult the APTS Registrar concerning the schedule of available certificates.
  • The requirements for the M.A. in Ministry degree can be modified to allow a student to complete a certificate as a concentration within the degree. Consult the Registrar or Academic Dean for guidance in this area.
  • Over the three-year period of their study, M.Div. students will usually have the opportunity to earn one or two certificates.

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