2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
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Advanced Biblical & Theological Studies Postgraduate Certificate

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Purpose and Objectives:

The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Biblical & Theological Studies provides students with the opportunity to gain specialized knowledge and skills in preparation for academic or expositional ministry.

The objectives of the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Biblical & Theological Studies will enable students to:

  • Analyze the historical-cultural and theological background of various biblical concepts/passages to determine their influence on the Scriptural author’s intended meaning.
  • Synthesize the exegetical details from both biblical languages (textual, grammatical-syntactical, historical-cultural, and literary analysis) into the main exegetical, theological, and homiletical ideas in a biblical text.
  • Articulate the theological themes developed in the Old or New Testament, including the unity of Scripture’s metanarrative as well as each writer’s distinct contribution to the overall message.
  • Conduct quality, in-depth academic research, using solid tools and techniques, on a broader topic in biblical or theological studies OR design and deliver high impact sermons that demonstrate a commitment to biblical authority, sound exegesis, clear organization, persuasive relevance, effective communication, and reliance on the Holy Spirit.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Affirm to be a Christian and agree with CIU’s Doctrinal Standard
  • Official transcript for highest earned degree and any master’s level credits earned
    • A minimum 3.0 GPA for the most recent degree obtained.
    • Completion of a graduate-level theological degree (M.A. or M.Div.) from an accredited institution.
  • Essay (800 words total)
  • Church Leader Reference
  • Demonstrated proficiency in one of the biblical languages (Greek or Hebrew), either by previous coursework (4 semesters) or proficiency exam.

Note: Current CBS students who have completed at least one-half of their master’s degree may apply by filling out the “Add a Program” section on the “Graduate-Level Record Change” form prior to graduation in order to be considered for admission.

Time Limit

Students must complete all requirements within three years, beginning from the date of their first enrollment in a course following acceptance into the certificate.

Completion Requirements:

  • Completion of the 18 hours specified in the course of study (see below) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and no grade lower than a “C.” Students who aspire to doctoral study should aim for a higher minimum GPA.
  • Significant achievement of program objectives.
  • Affirmation of the Doctrinal Statement.

Note for students pursuing a degree and certificate concurrently: Courses within this certificate may not be applied to meet degree requirements, nor may courses used to meet degree requirements be applied to meet certificate requirements. The total required hours for both the degree and the certificate must be met independently.

Course of Study (18)


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.

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