Graduate Certificate in Church History

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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 June 3

Engage in the study of Church History and legacies of Christian faithfulness.

The Graduate Certificate in Church History allows students to take dive deep into specific individuals and eras that impacted the Christian church as we know it today.

Train for more faithful service.

Students pursuing studies in Church History 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 Church History
Course Number Description Credit Hours
25177 Studies in Church History 3
25215 The Cappadocian Achievement 3
25230 Early Christian Spirituality 3
25235 Theology of Augustine 3
25270 Studies in Patristic Christianity 3
25820 Puritanism 3
25830 Christianity and the Enlightenment 3
25920 Calvin and the Reformed Tradition 3
26100 History of the Baptists 3
26420 Jonathan Edwards and Andrew Fuller 3
26610 American Patriotism and Theology 3

Not all courses will be offered in an academic year.

learning outcome

  • Students will demonstrate graduate-level engagement with church history.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Graduate Certificate and Advanced Graduate Certificate in Church History will allow students to dive deep into specific individuals and eras that impacted the Christian church as we know it today.

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)

Church History faculty include:

Michael A. G. Haykin

Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality

Shawn D. Wright

Professor of Church History

Research Interests

The Reformation

John D. Wilsey

Associate Professor of Church History and Philosophy

Research Interests

History of Religious Nationalism
Church History
Religious Liberty

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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

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