Graduate Certificate in Systematic 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 June 3

Prepare to serve the church while engaging in intensive study of Christian doctrine.

The Graduate Certificate and Advanced Graduate Certificate in Systematic Theology is for students who desire focused studies in specific Christian doctrines and issues.

Train for more faithful service.

Students interested in Systematic 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 take any 6 courses:

Graduate Certificate in Systematic Theology
Course Number Description Credit Hours
27077 Issues in Biblical and Systematic Theology 3
27120 The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit 3
27177 Studies in Theology 3
27320 The Doctrine of Humanity and Sin 3
27340 Models of Divine Providence 3
27370 The Doctrine of the Trinity 3
27380 The Doctrine of Salvation 3
27400 The Doctrine of the Person of Christ 3
27425 The Doctrine of the Work of Christ 3
27430 Models of Sanctification 3
27640 The Doctrine of the Church 3
28415 Theology of Human Embodiment 3

Learning Outcome

  • Students will be able to integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Graduate Certificate and Advanced Graduate Certificate in Systematic Theology allows students to pursue specific and focused studies within the are of Systematic Theology.

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)

Systematic Theology faculty include:

Gregg R. Allison

Professor of Christian Theology

Research Interests

Ecclesiology, Pneumatology, Theological Anthropology

Bruce A. Ware

T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology

Stephen J. Wellum

Professor of Christian 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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