Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

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AMBS’s Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies is designed to provide professionals, congregational leaders, and bivocational pastors with a foundation in theological and biblical study, spiritual enrichment, and fuller integration of Christian faith into their work and ministry.

The Graduate Certificate requires 21 credit hours and can be completed in one year with full-time study or over the course of several years with part-time study, including online and hybrid courses. Download our Admissions Calendar to see an overview of AMBS’s academic year and to note important application deadlines.

The Graduate Certificate allows students to select courses for a special interest or ministry. People who seek basic theological training to enhance their participation in their congregation or profession or who desire opportunities for spiritual formation can develop a plan of study tailored to their interests in consultation with an assigned advisor.

Students may complete the Graduate Certificate fully online or with any combination of online, hybrid, and campus courses. (No transfer credits can be accepted into the Graduate Certificate program.)

The following course is required in the student’s first semester in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies:

‚óŹ        Leadership Education in Anabaptist Perspective (LEAP)

The following foundational courses are recommended, but not required, for students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies: 

  • Strange New World of the Bible 1 and 2
  • One or both of the biblical languages or Introduction to Bible Study Tools
  • Christian Theology 1 and 2
  • God’s Shalom and the Church’s Witness
  • Anabaptist History and Theology

For course descriptions and more details, download the AMBS Catalog.

Total credit hours: 21

Note: The certificate does not meet the gainful employment criteria set by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to the certificate, a concentration in Peace Studies is available to students of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.

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“I really enjoyed taking courses with diverse students who came from different regions of the world.” Mariah Omer (Certificate), Addis Ababa, Kolfe Keranio, Ethiopia