Theological Studies Certificate

Earn your Theological Studies Certificate at Marylhurst

Marylhurst University campusThe graduate certificate in theological studies concentrates on theological, biblical, historical and spirituality courses. You will develop a theological understanding integral to your own personal educational, professional and spiritual growth.

The Theological Studies Certificate helps clarify your theological and scriptural perspectives. Become conversant in theology, religious history, scriptural understanding and spirituality as you learn from professors who utilize readings, discussion, lecture and writing throughout the certificate curriculum.

With working professionals and students in mind, this certificate program offers scheduling flexibility with classes offered in various formats, such as weekends, weekdays, evenings and online.

Curriculum in the Theological Studies Certificate

This 48-credit certificate program bases itself on a strong scriptural and theological curriculum. Students complete a series of courses in scripture, theology, spirituality, psychology of religion and preaching from a Judeo-Christian perspective.

Biblical Studies: 28 credits

Historical and Theological Studies: 12 credits

Social and Behavioral Studies, Ministry: 4 credits

Integrative Studies: 4 credits

In the present competitive market students who earn a Theological Studies Certificate will have a solid theological foundation for their careers as religious educators, ethicists and in church or synagogue settings. Many certificate graduates go on to lead careers on university campuses and serve as retreat directors or coordinators of workshops in religious organizations. If your professional goals extend beyond the certificate program, you may go on to complete graduate degrees to teach in adult religious education programs, elementary and high schools and community colleges.

Career Paths

Individuals who complete this program and our MA in Applied Pastoral Theology earn an M.Div. equivalent degree, and may find employment as chaplains, spiritual life facilitators, or as educators, teaching in high schools, community colleges, elementary schools or adult education programs.

Ready to Start?

For certificate programs, you are able to apply to start four times a year: fall, winter, spring and summer. Admission requirements for certificates are similar to our degree admissions requirements. If you have any questions about this certificate, connect with our Office of Admissions by requesting more information or emailing

  • Regionally accredited (NWCCU accredited)
  • Associate member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
  • Small class sizes with renowned faculty who focus on you
  • Beautiful classroom environment located on our tranquil campus
  • More than 122-year history of academic excellence

Gainful Employment Information

Effective July 1, 2011, Federal regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 [75 FR 66665 and FR 66832] by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) require postsecondary institutions that participate in the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended, to disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution’s Gainful Employment (GE) Programs.

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(25-1126: Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary)

Certificate Disclosure

Looking for Professional Development?

Maybe taking a series of college credit courses is not what you’re looking for.  Maybe you just want a workshop, a weekend class or seminar around career-related topics. Marylhurst’s Professional Development Center offers a variety of coursework that is not-for-credit (meaning you are not pursuing a degree) and designed to enhance you as a professional.

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