Biblical Studies Certificate Online Program

Undergraduate Certificate in Biblical Studies

Offered By: College of Theology

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The Undergraduate Certificate in Biblical Studies at Grand Canyon University can provide you with a comprehensive, in-depth overview of biblical knowledge, including a survey of the Old and New Testaments. While completing your certificate, you will be taught how to:

  • Accurately interpret Scripture using hermeneutical principles
  • Identify ethical principles in Scripture
  • Identify the role of Scripture in the formation of Christian values
  • Lead others in their spiritual formation based on biblical and theological principles
  • Demonstrate awareness of the culture and historical backgrounds of the Old and New Testaments

Once you have completed the certificate, you should have the capability to analyze, interpret and accurately share this information with others to help teach them, guide them and accompany them in their spiritual formation. If you are looking to gain overall basic knowledge of the Old and New Testaments for your own personal, spiritual or professional growth, you may be an ideal candidate for this certificate program.

GCU offers the online certificate in biblical studies for those who prefer to complete their courses in a more flexible, convenient format. By completing your certificate online, you have access to the various online learning resources that GCU has to offer. You can also take advantage of an online community of support from your professors and classmates.

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Course Topics in the Biblical Studies Certificate Program

Throughout your certificate program, you will complete course materials that can help you gain an understanding of biblical principles and Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments. Course topics you will cover include:

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Interpreting and applying the Bible
  • Analysis of specific biblical genres including historical texts, the prophets, the Gospels and epistles

In your Old and New Testament courses, there is emphasis placed on understanding the biblical narrative and genres, as well as the major historical period and various theological terms. You will also complete a writing intensive course, where you will have the opportunity to use and learn basic principles of biblical hermeneutics. In this course, you will receive an introduction to biblical interpretation and application to contemporary issues, developing practical procedures and skills. Your final course will include a study of the Gospels and Acts of the New Testament, where you will focus on interpretation of passages and identifying textual issues and theological themes.

Career Paths for Graduates With a Certificate in Biblical Studies

This certificate in Biblical Studies online is designed to prepare you with the knowledge necessary to be able to share and teach others about interpretative principles and their connection with Christian values and spiritual formation. Once you complete this certificate, you may pursue a position as a Christian leader in the church. You may also choose to explore positions teaching others, such as through the role of a religious activities and education director.

Biblical Studies Certificate Online Program FAQs

If you’re considering earning this undergraduate certificate, read through some commonly asked questions to gain insight into this program and possible career paths.

Your career and personal goals are often the driving factor behind which type of certificate program would be more beneficial for you. While this is an undergraduate biblical studies certificate, there are graduate Christian theology certificate options available as well, which can provide you with a deeper knowledge of Christianity and can prepare you for positions serving in your local church community.

The knowledge and interpretation skills you can gain from a biblical studies certificate program can help you position yourself to potentially pursue leadership positions in the church or other Christian organizations. You may feel called to teach others in your community and may want to explore teaching or education roles as well. In these roles, you can have the opportunity to educate and share the meanings behind biblical passages, disciple others and contribute to the spiritual formation of those under your care.

If you are looking to better understand the Old and New Testament and put yourself in a position to be able to understand how to relay those interpretations to others, a certificate in biblical studies may be beneficial to you and your vocational and spiritual goals. Through this certificate, you will be taught to accurately analyze biblical passages, identify ethical principles in Scripture and their connection to Christian values and can gain an awareness of different historical perspectives of the Old and New Testament.

If you feel called to dive deeper into biblical studies and enroll in this undergraduate certificate program, fill out the form on this page to get in contact with a university counselor.

Total Credits: 16
Online: 7 weeks
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Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Online: $410 per credit
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Cost of Attendance

Course List

16 credits
Degree Requirements:
16 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course introduces the text of the Old Testament with emphasis on the biblical narrative, genres, major historical periods, and theological themes.

Course Description

This course introduces the text of the New Testament with emphasis on the biblical narrative, genres, major historical periods, and theological themes.

Course Description

This writing-intensive course helps equip students to understand and use basic principles of biblical hermeneutics, including an introduction to the nature of Bible interpretation and the application to contemporary issues. The majority of the course focuses on developing practical procedures and step-by-step skills in exegesis of Scripture. Prerequisite: BIB-106.

Course Description

This course is an exegetical study of the initial books of the New Testament with an emphasis on the application of hermeneutical principles. The class focuses on the interpretation of selected passages from the Gospels and Acts. Attention is also given to textual issues and major theological themes. Prerequisites: BIB-107 and BIB-355.


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Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

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