Certificate Programs


The Graduate Certificate offers the opportunity for a short-term course of study with Claremont's world-renowned faculty. Certificate students participate in semester-long graduate courses that usually meet only once per week, often in the afternoons and evenings. The Certificate indicates that students have completed advanced work in either a broad spectrum of advanced religious education or a specific topic or field of study.

The Graduate Certificate requires a bachelor's degree for admission and is comprised of 12-16 units (minimum of four courses) in a non-degree program of study. Certificates are designed for personal, professional and/or scholarly enrichment. By choosing courses from across the curriculum, students may receive a broad exposure to studies across the university. By applying to one of the special certificate programs, students may focus their classes in a particular field of study.

Units earned with a letter grade may be transferred into a Claremont School of Theology degree, provided that the certificate has not yet been awarded. Current degree students may also apply for a specialized certificate to augment their knowledge or skills in a particular discipline. To apply, contact the Office of Admissions.

Specialized certificates in several fields of study are listed below. (Check back regularly for new additions.)


Certificate in Biblical Studies

The Certificate in “Biblical Studies” is designed to offer individuals the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament. The introductory courses in both fields are required as part of the certificate unless the requirements are waived due to prior course work.

Certificate in Christian Ministry

The Certificate in Christian Ministry is designed to provide an introduction to important areas of Christian studies for individuals who want basic theological education for ministry. The program intentionally integrates academic study with ministry experience to strengthen Christian knowledge and practice.

Certificate in Engaged Compassion

The Certificate in "Engaged Compassion" offers training in contemplative practices and processes that cultivate active compassion for healing and empowerment in individual lives, as well as reconciliation and repair of brokenness within interpersonal relationships, communities, and the world. This Certificate in Engaged Compassion is open to laypersons and community leaders without previous academic work in religion/theology, and is also appropriate for spiritual leaders who already hold theological degrees.

Certificate in Hebrew Bible

The Certificate in “Hebrew Bible” is designed to offer individuals the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the Hebrew Bible. The introductory course in the field is required as part of the certificate unless the requirement is waived due to prior course work.

Certificate in Jewish Studies

The Certificate in “Jewish Studies” is designed to offer individuals the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of Judaism and Jewish history, culture, and thought. The introductory course in the field is required as part of the certificate unless the requirement is waived due to prior course work.

Methodist/Wesleyan Studies

The Certificate in Methodist/Wesleyan studies is designed to offer persons the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and awareness of Methodist traditions and practices of ministry. While the certificate centers on United Methodist understandings, it also examines other Methodist traditions and denominations. The certificate focuses on Methodist history, polity, theology, mission, and evangelism. The program is open to laity desiring a deeper understanding of their Methodist tradition as well as persons on the UMC ordination track.

Certificate in New Testament

The Certificate in “New Testament” is designed to offer individuals the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the New Testament. The introductory course in the field is required as part of the certificate unless the requirement is waived due to prior course work.

Certificate in Process Studies

The Certificate in “Process Studies” is designed to offer individuals the opportunity to augment their knowledge of Process Philosophy and Theology. Admission into the program requires documented knowledge of fundamental/basic instruction in theology and/or philosophy. Students will be able to choose from classes that have a serious process component, but relate to other thought traditions or themes.

Certificate in Religion, Activism and Social Justice

The Certificate in “Religion, Activism and Social Justice” is designed to offer individuals tools to develop cutting-edge approaches to various forms of justice.

Certificate in Religion and Politics

The Certificate in “Religion and American Politics” is designed to offer individuals the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the relation of Religion and Politics in the United States.

Certificate in "Religion and Liberation: Global Perspectives"

The Certificate in “Religion and Liberation: Global Perspectives” is designed to offer individuals the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the interrelation between liberationism, racialization and colonialism.