Graduate Certificates

Specific training for your ministry context and goals

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Graduate Certificates allow you to earn specialized credentials for specific types of service en route to your M.Div.

Graduate Certificates are reserved for students in the M.Div. program. Each Graduate Certificate is 9 hours unless otherwise stated. Students who already hold a Master of Divinity may earn additional certificates.

Graduate Certificates at Southern Seminary


Train for Specific Service

Graduate Certificates allow students to pursue theological training unique to their ministry context and career goals.


A Trusted Credential

Upon graduation, students who have earned Graduate Certificates will have them officially recorded on their transcript.


Simultaneously earn a M.Div. + Graduate Certificate

Utilizing elective hours within the M.Div., students may pursue one or multiple Graduate Certificates en route to their degree.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? Our dedicated team of admissions counselors is here to help every step of the way. Here are some answers to common questions.

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Graduate Certificates allow you to pursue specialized ministry training en route to your M.Div.*

Standard Graduate Certificates are 9 credit hours. Advanced Graduate Certificates are 18 credit hours.

Earned Graduate Certificates will appear on a student’s transcript upon graduation.

*Students who already hold a M.Div. may pursue stand-alone Graduate Certificates.

The Southern M.Div. allows students 21 hours of unrestricted electives.

Students who pursue one Graduate Certificate will utilize 9 of these 21 elective hours. Students who pursue 2 Graduate Certificates will utilize 18 of 21 elective hours.

Note that an Advanced Graduate Certificate will utilize 18 of 21 elective hours.

With the exception of Biblical Counseling, students may choose any combination of a wide array of electives within the discipline of their desired Graduate Certificate(s).

Click on the available Graduate Certificates (listed above) to view courses.

Only students enrolled in the M.Div. at Southern Seminary, or students who already hold an accredited* M.Div. may pursue a Graduate Certificate.

To start an application for a M.Div. or Graduate Certificate* click here.

*Only those who already hold a Master of Divinity degree accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.

Students who desire extensive study in one discipline may pursue an 18 hour Advanced Graduate Certificate.

The following students are eligible to apply for and pursue stand-alone Graduate Certificates:

  • M.Div. alumni of Southern Seminary
  • M.Div. alumni of other ATS-accredited seminaries.

The application for Graduate Certificates comprises of:

  • The full, online application
  • Official transcripts of your M.Div.
  • Pastoral recommendation from your current church (provided in the application).

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Flexible Course Options

With multiple course delivery options you’ll find classes that fit around your schedule.

  • 100% online degrees
  • Main campus courses
  • Hybrid campus intensive options

Financial Aid

We are committed to making your education affordable. Our Financial Aid office can connect you with institutional & outside sources of aid.

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