Program Details

Graduate Certificate of Completion in Biblical Foundations

Offered By: College of Theology
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ProgramLength:
Total Program Credits: 18
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $500 per credit. [More Info]

Overview

Enhance Your Biblical and Theological Knowledge

The Graduate Certificate of Completion in Biblical Foundations provides students with fundamental biblical understandings intended to enhance personal devotion and provide preparation for teaching ministries within a variety of contexts. This biblical studies program is designed to equip you with competencies necessary for local church service. You will gain a foundational knowledge of God's word and basic competency in rightly interpreting Scripture, while cultivating Christian character and aligning with the Spirit's leadership in all aspects of life.

Core competencies of this biblical studies program include:

  • Describe content and historical backgrounds of books of the Old and New Testament
  • Analyze biblical bases and theological rationale for spiritual formation
  • Interpret the Scripture in order to be able to teach it to others
  • Demonstrate the hermeneutical principles necessary for accurate interpretation of Old and New Testament passages
  • Identify significant ethical principles in Scripture and how these principles form Christian values

Degree Outcomes

Make a Difference in Your Christian Community

Graduates of this biblical foundations program will demonstrate knowledge of the Christian Scriptures, an ability to interpret Scripture according to reasonable hermeneutical principles, and discernment of the significance of the Scripture content for issues related to Christian leadership and ministry. You will be prepared to share ethical principles from Scripture, Christian values and aspects of the Christian Worldview with others and inform personal practice.

What You Will Learn

Strengthen Your Skills in Ministry and Theology

You will engage in coursework that introduces the Old and New Testaments, biblical hermeneutics and principles for spiritual formation. Coursework includes the basic principles of evangelical biblical interpretation, exegesis and application, along with an introduction to the use of biblical language tools. You will also examine the biblical truths of the gospel and the corresponding virtues and habits contributing to discipleship. Coursework emphasizes the doctrine of sanctification and teaching related to ministerial ethics and character in the Pastoral Epistles.

Course topics include:

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in Ministry and Theology
  • Old Testament Foundations
  • New Testament Foundations
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Christian Character Formation

Career Outcomes

Share Your Knowledge as a Christian Leader

Potential career opportunities with a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Foundations include professions in theology, religious studies and Biblical studies. You may also pursue potential careers as a pastor, associate pastor, administrative pastor, Christian leader and other ministerial roles.

Course List

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Major:
18 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
18 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in ministry and theology. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course surveys the text and historical background of the Old Testament with an introduction to hermeneutics and the proper interpretation of the books of the Old Testament.

Course Description

This course surveys the text and historical background of the New Testament with an introduction to hermeneutics and the proper interpretation of the books of the New Testament.

Course Description

This course is a study of the basic principles of evangelical biblical interpretation, exegesis, and application, especially in the context of ministry, including an introduction to the use of biblical language tools. Prerequisites: BIB-501 and BIB-502.

Course Description

This course examines the biblical truths of the gospel and the corresponding virtues and habits that contribute to the process of discipleship. Students study God's work in the formation of Christ-like character as they learn to keep in step with the Spirit in all aspects of life. Special attention is given to the doctrine of sanctification and teaching related to ministerial ethics and character in the Pastoral Epistles.

Faculty Bios

Program Locations

Online

Online

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. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.
Evening

Evening

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program’s published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution’s catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who graduated between 7/1 – 6/30 of the preceding year. The On-Time Completion rate is determined by the number of students in the cohort who completed the program within the published program length divided by the number of students in the cohort who graduated.

Online and Evening program disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.