First masters students who wish to concentrate their studies in a particular area may pursue a certificate in Biblical Studies; Black Church Studies; History, Theology, and Ethics; Military Chaplaincy; Pastoral Care; Gender and Sexual Justice; and Latinx Church Studies.
A Certificate in Biblical Studies is available to students who seek to deepen their engagement with historical and contemporary Biblical scholarship to enhance their preparation for ministry or to prepare for further graduate study in Biblical Studies.
Black Church Studies
A Certificate in Black Church Studies is available to students interested in preparing for ministry within a Black church tradition or students interested in shaping their ministerial preparation and theological reflection to be inclusive of a wider knowledge of, deeper appreciation for, and increased sensitivity to the issues and exigencies of Black life within American Christianity.
History, Theology, and Ethics
A certificate in History, Theology and Ethics is available to students who seek to deepen their engagement with one or more of these fields to enhance their preparation for ministry or to prepare for further graduate study.
Latinx Church Studies
A Certificate in Latinx Church Studies is available to students who seek to enhance their knowledge of the Latinx religious communities. It will provide them with a broad knowledge base and the intellectual and practical tools to understand the unity and diversity of the Latina/o religious community within their respective ministries/vocations/careers.
A Certificate in Military Chaplaincy provides the Chaplain Candidate of any branch of the United States Armed Forces with an academic and practical foundation rooted in the progressive theological traditions of excellence, faithfulness, respect for religious and spiritual variety, and service to all people.
A Certificate in Pastoral Care is available for individuals interested in local church ministry with a pastoral care focus; and M.Div. students interested in preparing for ministry as pastoral care specialists.
Sexual and Gender Justice
A Certificate in Sexual and Gender Justice is available to those students who seek a critical engagement with issues of gender and sexual justice to enhance ministry contexts in the church and wider community or who intend to pursue further graduate study focusing on sexual and gender justice.