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Certificate/Diploma Requirements and Prerequisites

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Certificate in Ministry (36 hrs.)
Certificate in Biblical Studies (36 hrs.)
Certificate in Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits (36 hrs.)
Certificate in Leadership and Administration for Churches and Nonprofits (36 hrs.)
Diploma in Religion (60 hrs.)
Diploma in Ministry (120 hrs.)
Diploma in Biblical Studies (120 hrs.)
Diploma in Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits (120 hrs.)
Diploma in Leadership and Administration for Churches and Nonprofits (120 hrs.)
Master of Ministry (45 hrs.)
Master of Biblical Studies (45 hrs.)
Master of Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits (36 hrs.)
Master of Leadership and Administration for Churches and Nonprofits (36 hrs.)
Master of Divinity (90 hrs.)


(Click on the course title to see the course details.)

Certificate in Ministry
(Prerequisites: High School, GED or equivalent.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
BIB1005-Biblical Interpretation
BIB2001-Teaching the Bible
LDR2001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
BUS2102-Administration for Churches and Nonprofits
MIN2501-Sermon Preparation
MIN2502-Sermon Delivery
SOC3201-Biblical Counseling
PHI3601-Christian Ethics
Total Semester Hours Required: 36

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Certificate in Biblical Studies
(Prerequisites: High School, GED or equivalent.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
BIB1005-Biblical Interpretation
COM1005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
BIB1801-Genesis
BIB1901-Mark
BIB2001-Teaching the Bible
BIB2810-Biblical Poetry and Lyrics
BIB2902-John
BIB2903-Matthew
Total Semester Hours Required: 36

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Certificate in Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits
(Prerequisites: High School, GED or equivalent.)

COM1001-Computer Applications for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
MAT1001-Mathematics for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
COM1005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
COM2012-Database Programming and Design for Churches and Nonprofits
COM3101-Graphics and Design for Churches and Nonprofits
COM3205-Advanced Programming for Churches and Nonprofits
COM4101-Website Programming and Design I for Churches and Nonprofits
COM4101-Website Programming and Design I for Churches and Nonprofits
COM4102-Website Programming and Design II for Churches and Nonprofits
COM4601-Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits
Total Semester Hours Required: 36

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Certificate in Leadership and Administration for Churches and Nonprofits
(Prerequisites: High School, GED or equivalent.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
BUS1001-Management for Churches and Nonprofits
COM1001-Computer Applications for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
MAT1001-Mathematics for Churches and Nonprofits
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
COM1005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
LDR2001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
BUS2003-Bookkeeping and Accounting for Churches and Nonprofits
BUS2901-Budget and Fiscal Planning for Churches and Nonprofits
COM4601-Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits
Total Semester Hours Required: 36

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Diploma in Religion
(Prerequisites: High School, GED or equivalent.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
COM1001-Computer Applications for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
MAT1001-Mathematics for Churches and Nonprofits
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
SCI1004-A Survey of Geology for Christian Scholars
BIB1801-Genesis
BIB1901-Mark
HIS2001-History of the Church I
Electives: 30 semester hours.
Total Semester Hours Required: 60

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Diploma in Ministry
(Prerequisites: High School, GED or equivalent.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
COM1001-Computer Applications for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
MAT1001-Mathematics for Churches and Nonprofits
SPC1001-Speech for Christian Service
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
SCI1004-A Survey of Geology for Christian Scholars
BIB1005-Biblical Interpretation
BIB2001-Teaching the Bible
HIS2001-History of the Church I
LDR2001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
HIS2002-History of the Church II
BUS2102-Administration for Churches and Nonprofits
MIN2501-Sermon Preparation
MIN2502-Sermon Delivery
REL3005-Introduction to Spiritual Formation
SOC3201-Biblical Counseling
PHI3601-Christian Ethics
MIN4201-Pastoral Ministry
Minor: 36 semester hours in a certificate program other than Ministry.
Electives: 24 semester hours plus.
Total Semester Hours Required: 120

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Diploma in Biblical Studies
(Prerequisites: High School, GED or equivalent.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
COM1001-Computer Applications for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
MAT1001-Mathematics for Churches and Nonprofits
SPC1001-Speech for Christian Service
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
SCI1004-A Survey of Geology for Christian Scholars
BIB1005-Biblical Interpretation
COM1005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
BIB1801-Genesis
BIB1901-Mark
BIB2001-Teaching the Bible
HIS2001-History of the Church I
HIS2002-History of the Church II
BIB2810-Biblical Poetry and Lyrics
BIB2902-John
BIB2903-Matthew
BIB3905-Acts
BIB4809-Daniel
Minor: 36 semester hours in a certificate program other than Biblical Studies
Electives: 24 semester hours plus.
Total Semester Hours Required: 120

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Diploma in Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits
(Prerequisites: High School, GED or equivalent.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
COM1001-Computer Applications for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
MAT1001-Mathematics for Churches and Nonprofits
SPC1001-Speech for Christian Service
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
SCI1004-A Survey of Geology for Christian Scholars
COM1005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
HIS2001-History of the Church I
HIS2002-History of the Church II
MUS2005-Survey of Religious Music
COM2012-Database Programming and Design for Churches and Nonprofits
COM2205-Church Media and Computer Resources
COM3101-Graphics and Design for Churches and Nonprofits
COM3205-Advanced Programming for Churches and Nonprofits
PHI3601-Christian Ethics
COM4101-Website Programming and Design I for Churches and Nonprofits
COM4101-Website Programming and Design I for Churches and Nonprofits
COM4601-Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits
Minor: 36 semester hours in a certificate program other than Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits
Electives: 24 semester hours plus.
Total Semester Hours Required: 120

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Diploma in Leadership and Administration for Churches and Nonprofits
(Prerequisites: High School, GED or equivalent.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
BUS1001-Management for Churches and Nonprofits
COM1001-Computer Applications for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
MAT1001-Mathematics for Churches and Nonprofits
SPC1001-Speech for Christian Service
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
SCI1004-A Survey of Geology for Christian Scholars
COM1005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
HIS2001-History of the Church I
LDR2001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
HIS2002-History of the Church II
BUS2003-Bookkeeping and Accounting for Churches and Nonprofits
BUS2102-Administration for Churches and Nonprofits
COM2205-Church Media and Computer Resources
BUS2901-Budget and Fiscal Planning for Churches and Nonprofits
REL3005-Introduction to Spiritual Formation
PHI3601-Christian Ethics
COM4601-Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits
Minor: 36 semester hours in a certificate program other than Leadership and Administration for Churches and Nonprofits
Electives: 24 semester hours plus.
Total Semester Hours Required: 120

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Master of Ministry
(Prerequisites: 4-year degree with at least 120 semester hours.)

BIB5001-Introduction to the Old Testament
ENG5001-Academic Writing and Research for Christian Scholars
BIB5002-Introduction to the New Testament
BIB5005-Hermeneutics
SOC5201-Pastoral Counseling
MIN5601-Pastoral Ministry
LDR6001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
THE6101-Systematic Theology I
THE6102-Systematic Theology II
REL6201-Spiritual Formation
EVA6501-Evangelism and Apologetics
PHI6601-Christian Ethics
MIN6801-Sermon Preparation and Delivery
Electives: 6 semester hours biblical, ministry or theology courses.
Total Semester Hours Required: 45

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Master of Biblical Studies
(Prerequisites: 4-year degree with at least 120 semester hours.)

BIB5001-Introduction to the Old Testament
ENG5001-Academic Writing and Research for Christian Scholars
BIB5002-Introduction to the New Testament
BIB5005-Hermeneutics
COM5005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
BIB5801-Genesis
BIB5901-Mark
BIB6001-Issues in Teaching the Bible
REL6201-Spiritual Formation
BIB6809-Daniel
BIB6910-Revelation
BIB6990-Biblical Studies Project
Electives: 9 semester hours biblical courses.
Total Semester Hours Required: 45

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Master of Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits
(Prerequisites: 4-year degree with at least 120 semester hours.)

BUS5001-Management for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG5001-Academic Writing and Research for Christian Scholars
BUS5003-Accounting for Churches and Nonprofits
COM5005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
COM5012-Database Programming and Design for Churches and Nonprofits
COM5201-Programming and Logic for Churches and Nonprofits
COM5205-Advanced Programming for Churches and Nonprofits
LDR6001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
COM6101-Website Programming and Design I for Churches and Nonprofits
COM6102-Website Programming and Design II for Churches and Nonprofits
COM6601-Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits
COM6990-Information Systems Management Project for Churches and Nonprofits
Total Semester Hours Required: 36

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Master of Leadership and Administration for Churches and Nonprofits
(Prerequisites: 4-year degree with at least 120 semester hours.)

BUS5001-Management for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG5001-Academic Writing and Research for Christian Scholars
BUS5003-Accounting for Churches and Nonprofits
COM5005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
SOC5201-Pastoral Counseling
LDR6001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
MKT6001-Marketing and Outreach for Churches and Nonprofits
COM6601-Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits
PHI6601-Christian Ethics
COM6801-Issues in Security for Churches and Nonprofits
BUS6901-Budget and Fiscal Planning for Churches and Nonprofits
BUS6990-Administration and Leadership Project for Churches and Nonprofits
Total Semester Hours Required: 36

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Master of Divinity
(Prerequisites: Master's degree of at least 30 semester hours of credit.)

BIB5001-Introduction to the Old Testament
BUS5001-Management for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG5001-Academic Writing and Research for Christian Scholars
BIB5002-Introduction to the New Testament
BIB5005-Hermeneutics
SOC5201-Pastoral Counseling
MIN5601-Pastoral Ministry
BIB5801-Genesis
BIB5901-Mark
BIB5902-Gospel of John
BIB5903-Matthew
BIB5904-Luke
BIB5905-Acts
LDR6001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
THE6101-Systematic Theology I
THE6102-Systematic Theology II
THE6103-Systematic Theology III
REL6201-Spiritual Formation
EVA6501-Evangelism and Apologetics
PHI6601-Christian Ethics
MIN6801-Sermon Preparation and Delivery
BIB6809-Daniel
BIB6810-Biblical Poetry and Lyrics
BIB6910-Revelation
MIN6990-Ministry Project and Thesis
Electives: 15 semester hours
Total Semester Hours Required: 90

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Certificate/Diploma Requirements and Prerequisites

Click on each course for course descriptions and prerequisites.
• All 1-year certificates require a total of 36 semester hours of credit and their requirements are listed above.

• The 2-year diploma in Religion follows mostly the Biblical Studies track, plus electives and core requirements (i.e. English, science, history, Old and New Testament survey courses, etc). This diploma must be requested from your advisor after completing 60 semester hourse of credit. The Dean is the final arbiter of whether you meet requirements for a 2-year degree in Religion. There is no certificate or graduate diploma in Religion, as it is general in nature similar to an AA in Liberal Arts only with a bible school track.

• All 4-year diplomas require a total of 120 semester hours of credit: 60 semester hours of credit listed above for the major, a 36 hour minor in a second area (see certificates for minor requirements of different field). As credits between major and minor overlap, you will be required to take a number of electives to complete the 120 smester hours for the diploma.

• Master's degrees require 36 to 45 semester hours of graduate work as specified in the listing above, except the 90 semester hours required for the Master of Divinity. All of our master's degrees require a four-year degree of at least 120 semester hours on any major, with a 3.0 (B) grade point average for all previous college work, or a 2.5 (C+) grade point average with probation and to earn a 3.0 in all future work. All require the completion of a project thesis.


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