Graduate Certificate in Expositional Preaching

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Program Snapshot

9 Credit Hours 3 Classes
$310 Per Credit Hour Learn more
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Next Start Date June 3

Train for truth-driven, gospel-centered pastoral ministry.

The Graduate Certificate in Expositional Preaching prepares men who are called to serve in the office of pastor in local congregations.

Christ’s Church deserves the very best leaders.

Graduate Certificate in Expositional Preaching

  • 30177 Studies in Preaching
  • 30410 Reformation Preaching
  • Choice of one New Testament or Old Testament Biblical Studies or Exegesis elective.

Learning outcome

  • Students will be able to preach and teach Scripture clearly and passionately so as to engage the mind and move the heart.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Graduate Certificate in Expositional Preaching prepares men who are called to serve in the office of pastor in local congregations.

Graduate Certificates are only open to M.Div. students. Every M.Div. at Southern Seminary combines a robust core of biblical and theological studies plus missions, evangelism, and ministry courses to ensure students are prepared for a variety of ministry roles.

Men who are pursuing the Southern Master of Divinity, or who already hold a M.Div. may apply for this Graduate Certificate.

Students may apply for the Master of Divinity with an accredited bachelor’s degree (in any field/major). It is not required that applicants have an academic background in biblical or ministry studies.

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Graduate Certificates are meant to prepare students for specific ministry roles in conjunction with the Master of Divinity. Therefore, only students enrolled in the M.Div. may pursue Graduate Certificates.

Students who already hold a M.Div. degree may apply for and pursue additional Graduate Certificates.

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)

Expositional Preaching faculty includes:

Hershael W. York

Victor and Louise Lester Professor of Christian Preaching; Dean of The School of Theology

Research Interests

Preaching, Pastoral Ministry

Abraham Kuruvilla

Carl E. Bastes Professor of Christian Preaching

Michael E. Pohlman

Associate Professor of Christian Preaching

Research Interests


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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

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Phone: (502) 897-4200

Text: (502) 305-3554


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