Biblical Ministry Certificate

Your path to gaining a further understanding of Scripture and growing closer to God begins with the Biblical Ministry Certificate. The program provides foundational knowledge of the biblical text as well as flexibility in choosing to focus your degree on an area of study that is most interesting to you.

 What You’ll Learn

  • How to interpret and apply the biblical text
  • How to affirm and maintain a growing relationship with God
  • Methods for sharing the gospel effectively

How Long It Will Take

At 30 semester hours, this program will take approximately 18 months to complete.

Is It Offered On Campus or Online?

This certificate program is offered both on campus and online. You have the option of taking a combination both. Choose the delivery format that works best for your schedule and learning style.

What You Can Do with This Degree

With its foundational curriculum, a Biblical Ministry Certificate can prepare you for a number of careers and spiritual pursuits.

  • Church Service & Ministry: Staff member at a church; ministering in the marketplace
  • Mission Service: Missionary field team member
  • Education: Teacher at a Bible or Christian school
  • Postsecondary Degree: Prepare for graduate study

Why Earn Your Certificate at CBS?

  • Highly engaged, hands-on classes that meet many mission agencies’ requirements
  • Flexible schedule that gives you the option of continuing to work while in the program
  • Professors who are practitioners of the subjects they teach and who can provide expert academic advising
  • Faculty and staff who are dedicated to getting to know you and providing not only academic support but spiritual support and guidance as well

What You Need to Know Before You Apply

Program Details

Course of Study (30 credit hours)

Course Number Course Credit Hours
CHL 5001 Chapel I 0
Bible & Theology 15
BIB 5410 Hermeneutics: Interpreting and Apply the Bible 3
THE 6310 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity I 3
THE 6320 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity II 3
Choose two of the following Bible survey  courses: 6
BIB 5112 Genesis to Song of Solomon: God's Plan of Creation and Redemption 3
BIB 5113 Prophets: God's Message of Redemption and Judgment 3
BIB 5132 Gospels: God's Means of Providing Redemption 3
BIB 5133 Acts to Revelation: God's People Proclaiming Redemption Globally 3
Worldview and Spiritual Formation 6
GLS 5115 Missions and Evangelism in the Twenty-first Century 3
MIN5300 Foundations of Spiritual Formation 3
Open Electives 9

Admission Requirements

Ready to learn about how you can enter into the Biblical Ministry Certificate program from Columbia Biblical Seminary?

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Note: This certificate program is not eligible for federal Title IV financial aid funds – i.e. Federal Direct Loans. Students who are interested in exploring other financial aid options should contact the Financial Aid Office.