Online Theology Certificate
Credit Hours
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the certificate total
Next Start Date
May 13, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Shape Your Faith and Ministry by Earning Our Graduate Theology Certificate Online

Our Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies can provide you with graduate-level training for your ministry in as little as 1 semester. This certificate can help you gain a deeper understanding of theology, vital truths in Scripture, and Christian ministry methods and applications. You can also benefit from coursework that encourages you to develop your personal walk with the Lord.

This certificate can also be an excellent introduction to a more in-depth study of Scripture if you are seeking personal enrichment and growth.

Potential Career Options with a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

Our theological studies certificate can help you prepare for several career paths. Depending on your current knowledge, education level, and experience, there are many different positions that could benefit from our accredited certificate:

  • Biblical historian
  • Christian author
  • Christian school teacher
  • Ministry associate
  • Missionary
  • Nonprofit leader

The skills that you gain from our certificate in theological studies can be an asset in many other aspects of the ministry world as you pursue positions of added responsibility. Additionally, the credits from this certificate may transfer directly into the master’s in theological studies. Take the next step towards your personal and professional goals with a theological studies certificate from Liberty University.

Additional education or training may be required for some jobs or occupations. Conferral of a certificate does not guarantee job placement.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics: Religious Workers, All Other, 2020 (viewed online June 22, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Online Theology Certificate?

Due to the flexible, 100% online format, you can complete this theological studies certificate quickly. This allows you to remain active with your family and ministry while you complete each course. 

Additionally, you can be confident that your certificate is held to the highest academic standards. Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Earning a certificate with us gives you a marketable credential to help you prepare for ministry.

Our mission is to help you impact lives for Christ through your chosen vocation. If you choose, the credit hours you earn in this certificate can transfer into one of our online divinity degrees.

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What Will You Learn in Our Online Graduate Certificate in Theology Online?

Throughout this online seminary certificate program, your classes can help you integrate your passion for the Bible, theology, and apologetics into your ministry. You can study the doctrines that are vital to the Christian faith like God’s nature and the authority of Scripture. 

Through your Christian theology online courses, you can also explore:

  • The historical backgrounds of the Church
  • The impact of having an eternal outlook on life
  • The profound mark salvation makes on the life of a Christian

Upon completion of the courses in this certificate, you can articulate your faith in a clear and dynamic way. The knowledge and skills gained in this certificate can help you pursue careers in ministry and church administration.

Required Courses
  • APOL 500 – Introduction to Apologetics
  • THEO 525 – Systematic Theology I
  • THEO 530 – Systematic Theology II
  • THEO 650 – Public Theology
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Military Benefits for Our Online Theology Certificate Program

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discount – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Discounted divinity tuition block rate: $2,475 per semester (for 9-15 credit hours) – only $165/credit at 15 credit hours*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Credits taken below 9 and above 15 per semester are charged at the part-time tuition rate.

Graduate Theology Certificate Program Highlights

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online certificate from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • The majority of tuition for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 9 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
  • Electronic textbooks are provided for many divinity courses* all for one convenient fee. To continue our mission of providing affordable education, this fee is waived for students who enroll by Summer 2024 D-term.
  • Liberty’s online seminary offers divinity programs at a graduate tuition rate of just $395 per credit hour for part-time students. Additionally, if you attend full time (9-15 credit hours), you’ll be eligible for our online seminary block rate of $2,750 per semester!**

*Electronic textbooks are not provided for courses that fall under departments outside the School of Divinity.

**Credits taken below 9 and above 15 credit hours are charged at the part-time tuition rate.

Admission Requirements for Our Graduate Online Divinity Certificates

A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts**
  • Pastoral recommender contact information
  • School of Divinity Questionnaire
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**Please note: You cannot be accepted into this program until Liberty has your official transcripts.