Certificate of Theological Studies
The Certificate of Theological Studies (CTS) is designed for students who have not yet completed a college degree. The program follows the same course schedules as the Master of Theological Studies program, however, the courses are completed for undergraduate credit. The schedule indicates graduate and undergraduate course numbers for each course.
Appropriate modifications are made for assignments and expectations. Students earning the CTS may also elect to apply their credits toward earning the Bachelor of Arts in Theology degree.
The Continuing Education Certificate of Theological Studies is awarded to students who complete the entire thirty hour curriculum of the theological studies degree program on an audit basis rather than for credit. All courses must be formally audited, and students must submit (to the chair of theology) a letter from the instructor of each course certifying regular attendance.
- 3 Level 1 courses (Hybrid)
- THL 520 (Pre-requisite: 3 Level 1 courses)
- 4 Level 2 courses (Pre-requisite: THL 520)
- 2 Level 1, Level 2, or Guiding Reading courses
- 2 Graduate Seminar weekends (1-credit each)
- 1 Comprehensive Graduate Seminar (1-credit)
Total Credit Hours: 33 #
#Distribution – the MTS requires 2 Biblical, 2 Moral, 3 Historical/Systematic, 1 Pastoral, and 1 Elective Course
Admission Requirements For CTS
Admission to the CTS program follows the college’s policies for admission to the Continuing Studies programs. Adult students applying to the CTS program will have a high school diploma or a GED completed over 5 years prior to the time they apply.
Unconditional admission may be granted to an applicant who has completed 20 or more credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale and has a status of good standing from the previous institution of higher education.
Conditional admission may be granted to an applicant who has completed 20 or more credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and less than 2.5 on a 4-point scale and has a status of good standing from a previous institution of higher education; or, to a student with less than 20 credit hours from a previous institution of higher learning with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and a high school diploma with at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4-point scale or General Education Diploma (GED) with a minimum standard score of 410 or more on each of the five GED tests, a passing score on the full GED test, and a score of 2 or more on the essay exam.
Provisional admission may be granted with a completed application and an unofficial transcript from the last college attended showing good standing. Failure to complete the admission file with all required documentation within 90 days following initial registration will result in withholding future registration until the file is complete. Financial aid is not available with provisional status.
For those not meeting unconditional or conditional admission requirements, the Admission Committee may grant probationary admission. Additional documentation may be submitted to strengthen the application.