The graduate certificate in theological studies program concentrates on theological, biblical, historical and spirituality courses. Students develop a theological understanding integral to their educational, professional and spiritual growth. The certificate gives students a strong and balanced foundation within a theological and religious framework. It enhances their understanding for theological arenas. Classes are taught in various formats, such as weekends, weekdays, evenings and online.
The program helps individuals clarify their theological and scriptural perspectives. Students will become conversant in theology, religious history, scriptural understanding and spirituality. Instructors utilize readings, discussion, lecture, writing and the like.
This certificate program bases itself on a strong scriptural and theological curriculum. Students study scripture, theology, spirituality, psychology of religion and preaching from a Judeo-Christian perspective.
In the present competitive market students who receive this certificate will have a solid theological foundation for their careers. These students are interested in careers such as religious educators, ethicists and in church or synagogue settings. They select careers on university campuses and schools. They serve as retreat directors or coordinators of workshops in religious organizations. Students go on to complete graduate degrees to teach in adult religious education programs, elementary and high schools and community colleges.
Students appreciate the unique quality of openness, challenge, academics and creativity which is integrated within this program.
For detailed application instructions, please contact the Office of Admissions.
- Marylhurst University Application for Admission
- Official transcripts from each college or university where a degree was earned
- Minimum GPA for graduate admission is 3.00*
- Student must have conferred bachelor’s degree before starting the program
- Statement of intent
- Recommendations (2)
- Admissions interview with department faculty
* Applicants with a Grade Point Average (GPA) lower than 3.0 are required to take the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and earn a minimum score of 398.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students completing the certificate will be able to:
- Work as a beginning spiritual counselor or spiritual director for individuals.
- Provide pastoral and spiritual care in one or more specific settings.
- Integrate psychology and theology through use of theological reflection models.
- Assess and refer persons for counseling or therapy when skills beyond one’s own are called for in the situation.
- Develop strategies for maintaining one’s own physical, intellectual, social and spiritual wellness while providing pastoral and spiritual care for others.
- Attain personal, spiritual, pastoral and professional maturity.
- Comprehend the cultural foundations, visions, origins, histories, major literary expression and teachings of religious or philosophical systems through an understanding of theological positions, and ethical and social teachings.
- Identify and clarify one’s own position on theology, spirituality, morality and philosophy of life in relation to historical spiritual and philosophical traditions.
- Examine and experience spiritualities or teachings through exposure to spiritual practices, values and prayer practices of some spiritual traditions.
- Explore ethical approaches and values arising from theological or philosophical systems through comparing applied ethical positions (ethics of medicine, business and ecology).
- Appreciate the diversity and richness in a spiritual or philosophical tradition; or identify relationships between philosophical studies and other liberal arts.