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Our certificate in Christian studies provides you with a comprehensive overview of theology and ministry. The courses required for this certificate are the same nine units of required courses for all of our Master of Arts degrees. After these requirements are fulfilled, you can choose a variety of courses in theology, history, ministry and mission to complete your certificate.


  • Purposeful community of learners and leaders
  • Experienced and published faculty
  • Theologically diverse student body
  • MFT and ministry students integrated in foundational courses
  • Option to study in Israel each summer
  • Option to attend the Hispanic Summer Program
  • Diverse practicum opportunities
  • Online courses available
  • Fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Career opportunities

This certificate gives graduates a deeper knowledge of the Scriptures and a greater understanding of theology improving your current ministry leadership skills.

Program director

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Brian Ross, D.Min.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity & Ministry Leadership and Culture


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Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Professor of Mission and Theology

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Tim Geddert, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, New Testament

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Lynn Jost, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, Old Testament, Director of the Center for Anabaptist Studies

Admission requirements

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Course listing

Required Courses (30 Units)

BIB 720The Church and God’s Mission in the World3
BIB 725Understanding, Interpreting and Teaching Scripture2-3

Must be taken as a 2 unit course

MIN 704Discerning Vocation and Calling1
THEO 730Discipleship and Ethics2-3

Must be taken as a 3 unit course


Select 21 units from the following

MIN 750A
or MIN 762
or MIN 750C
or MIN 750D
Cross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles
or Exegeting and Serving Your Neighborhood
or Cross-Cultural Encounter: International
or Cross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco
or Intercultural Studies course
 Bible courses3-9
 Theology or history courses3-9
 Ministry or mission courses3-9
BIB 709Bible Knowledge Requirement Seminar0

Must be taken as a 0 unit course