Graduate Certificate in Biblical Theology

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Program Snapshot

9-18 Credit Hours 3-6 Classes
$310 Per Credit Hour Learn more
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Next Start Date August 5

Study the whole story of the Bible.

The Graduate Certificate and Advanced Graduate Certificate in Biblical Theology is designed to strengthen the student’s understanding of the relationship between the Old and New Testament, and grow in comprehension of the Scriptures’ storyline.

Train for more faithful service

Students interested in Biblical Theology with the Southern M.Div. may complete a 9 hour Graduate Certificate, or an 18 hour Advanced Graduate Certificate en route to their degree.

Choose any 3 courses. Students pursuing the Advanced Graduate Certificate will choose 6 courses:

Graduate Certificate in Biblical Theology
Course Number Description Credit Hours
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
20080 The Old Testament and the Land of the Bible 3
20277 Exodus 3
20389 Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament 3
21589 Amos 3
21600 The Psalms 3
21620 The Book of Job and the Wisdom Literature 3
21650 Nehemiah 3
21665 Daniel 3
21830 The Messiah in the Hebrew Bible 3
22060 The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha 3
22480 The Textual Criticism of the New Testament 3
22900 The Gospel of Matthew 3
22920 The Gospel of Mark 3
22940 The Gospel of Luke 3
22960 The Gospel of John 3
23000 The Parables of Jesus 3
23020 The Sermon on the Mount 3
23080 Passion of Jesus 3
23440 Ephesians and Colossians 3
23500 The Pastoral Epistles 3
23600 Acts 3
23680 Hebrews 3
23720 The Petrine Epistles and Jude 3
23740 The Johannine Epistles 3
23790 The Revelation of John 3
27800 Theology of the Old Testament 3
27820 Theology of the New Testament 3

Please note that not all courses have been developed for online delivery.

Courses will not be offered every term.

Learning outcome

  • Students will demonstrate graduate-level engagement with biblical theology.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Graduate Certificate in Biblical Theology is designed to strengthen the student’s understanding of the relationship between the Old and New Testament, and grow in comprehension of the Scriptures’ storyline.

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.

Graduate Certificates are open to M.Div. students or alumni.

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.

Click here to learn more or start your application.

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)

Biblical Theology faculty include:

James M. Hamilton

Professor of Biblical Theology

Thomas R. Schreiner

James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Professor of Biblical Theology

Resources as a Southern Seminary student

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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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