Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

Our Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies provides professionals, congregational leaders, and bivocational pastors with a foundation in theological and biblical study. You can complete the Graduate Certificate from our Elkhart campus, entirely online, or with a mixture of online and campus courses.

Design your own course of study

Since the Graduate Certificate requires only 21 credit hours you can choose to completed the certificate 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.

If you’re seeking basic theological training to enhance your participation in your congregation, profession or your own spiritual formation, the Graduate Certificate allows you to select courses that fit your special interest or ministry. In consultation with an assigned advisor, you can develop a plan of study tailored to your interests.

Select any courses

You 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.)

See a list of upcoming courses and their descriptions.

Required course

As a part of your education at AMBS, the course Leadership Education in Anabaptist Perspective (LEAP) is required during your first semester in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies.

The following foundational courses are recommended, but not required, for students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies. For course descriptions and more details, download the AMBS Catalog.

  • 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

Note: The certificate does not meet the gainful employment criteria set by the U.S. Department of Education.

Ready to take the next step?

We’re excited to walk alongside you as you take each step on your journey. Together we can experience the transformative presence of God in the work of being leaders for God’s reconciling mission in the world.

Why seminary?

Students and faculty share why and how they discerned attending their AMBS program

“I really enjoyed taking courses with diverse students who came from different regions of the world.”

Mariah Omer (Certificate), Addis Ababa, Kolfe Keranio, Ethiopia

Meet the AMBS Admissions Team

From your first inquiry about seminary study to your transition from applicant to student, we’re here to help you.

Photo of Janeen Bertsche Johnson
Janeen Bertsche Johnson, MDiv
Admissions Associate
Teresa Thompson Sherrill
Teresa Thompson Sherrill, MDiv
Enrollment & Financial Aid Specialist
Paul Keim, PhD
Student Services Coordinator
Mary Ann Weber, MA
Director of Enrollment

Yes, you can afford seminary!

AMBS’s low base tuition rate

+ generous need-based financial aid
+ scholarships for full- or part-time student
+ church matching grants
= an affordable seminary degree

Looking for something else?

Try an upcoming graduate course

Want to explore seminary study? Take an upcoming graduate course! 

If you’re a non-admitted student, you can even get 50% off your first three credits at AMBS!*Exceptions apply

Try an online short course

Looking to expand your theological knowledge?

Take one of our six-week, discussion-based, online short courses.

(No papers. No grades.)

Request a visit from an AMBS instructor

Invite the faculty and staff of AMBS to come directly to you either in person or over video conference.