Graduate Certificate in World Religions

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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

Answer the call to plant churches and make disciples.

The Graduate Certificate in World Religions is designed for students interested in cross-cultural missions work.

Prepare for more faithful service

Students interested in studying World Religions with the Southern M.Div. may complete a 9 hour Graduate Certificate en route to their degree.

Graduate Certificate in World Religions
Course Number Description Credit Hours
32900 Cults and Minority Religions in America 3
32977 Studies in World Religions 3
32980 World Religions and Christian Mission 3

Learning Outcome

  • Students will demonstrate graduate-level engagement with world religions.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Graduate Certificate in World Religions will prepare students to serve in cross-cultural missions ministry.

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.

Students with an accredited bachelor’s degree (in any field/major) are eligible to apply for the M.Div. and this Graduate Certificate. 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)

World Religions faculty includes:

George H. Martin

Professor of Christian Missions and World Religions

J. Keith McKinley

Associate Professor of Christian Missions

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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