5.4 Certificate Programs

5.4 Certificate Programs


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5.4.a Certificate in Christian Studies Program

A Certificate in Christian Studies program is offered for men and women who desire graduate-level courses from Westminster but do not desire to enter a degree program.

Upon graduation, the Certificate in Christian Studies student will:

  1. Exhibit a deep love for the triune God, his word, his truth and his church and a Christ-like humility in relation with others.
  2. Demonstrate basic knowledge in scripture, Reformed theology, biblical theology, church history and apologetics. 
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply God’s word to a changing world in the student’s ministry context.

Admission to the certificate program requires the same qualifications as admission for the M.Div., M.A.R., M.A.C., or M.A.U.M. program. Registration, tuition charges, and all academic procedures and prerequisites are also the same.

The Certificate will be earned after the completion of 25 semester hours of M.Div., M.A.R., M.A.C., or M.A.U.M.  courses. Included must be AP 101 Introduction to Apologetics and ST 101 Introduction to Systematic Theology. Greek and Hebrew are not approved for credit toward the Certificate program. As with the degree programs, these languages do not count toward required credit hours. Language work was not the intention of the Certificate program.

Students who have earned a Certificate in Christian Studies from Westminster and desire to apply this work toward an M.Div., M.A.R., M.A.C., or M.A.U.M.  degree must surrender the Certificate prior to graduation. Before choosing to enter a program beyond the Certificate, students should consult with the Registrar’s Office in regard to which courses will transfer to the M.Div., M.A.R., M.A.C., or M.A.U.M.  program.

In most cases international students cannot be granted visas for participating in this program.

5.4.b Certificate in Biblical and Urban Studies

A Certificate in Biblical and Urban Studies program is offered for men and women currently ministering or desirous of ministering in urban areas surrounding Philadelphia who would like to take graduate-level courses from Westminster but do not desire to enter a degree program.

Upon graduation, the Certificate in Biblical and Urban Studies student will:

  1. Exhibit a deep love for the triune God, his word, his truth and his church and a Christ-like humility in relation with others.
  2. Demonstrate basic knowledge in scripture, Reformed theology, biblical theology, church history and apologetics. 
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the broad context of urban missions and will apply God’s eternal word to a changing world in an urban ministry context.

Admission to the certificate program requires the same qualifications as admission for the M.Div., M.A.R., M.A.C., or M.A.U.M.  program. Registration, tuition charges, and all academic procedures and prerequisites are also the same.

The Certificate will be earned after the completion of 25 semester hours. Included must be AP 101 Introduction to Apologetics, ST 131 Survey of Reformed Theology, and ten hours of core urban courses as follows: PTM 151 Mission to the City, PTM 143 Contextual Theology, PTM 171 Mission Anthropology, PTM 373 Mission and Mercy Ministries, PTM 671Urban Mission Seminar (repeatable course two times). Greek and Hebrew are not approved for credit toward the Certificate program. As with the degree programs, these languages do not count toward required credit hours. Language work was not the intention of the Certificate program.

Students who have earned a Certificate in Biblical and Urban Studies from Westminster and then desire to apply this work toward the M.A.U.M. must surrender the Certificate prior to graduation. Students should be aware that not all courses will transfer to the M.Div. or M.A.R. program.

In most cases international students cannot be granted visas for participating in this program.