Focused for Your Goals

All Graduate Certificates through Gordon-Conwell are six courses (18 credit hours). Each Graduate Certificates is focused and modular, providing you a simplified path to specific areas of study. Certificate courses can also be applied toward a master’s degree.

What’s Your Goal?

Christian Studies

Provides a foundational framework for Christian thought and ministry.

Global Leadership

Equips Christians to lead in global and majority-world ministry contexts.

Lay Counseling

Equips Christians to engage in pastoral care and counseling.

Spiritual Formation

Provides a foundational framework for personal and community formation..

Urban Ministry

Equips Christians to lead ministries that impact urban communities.

Workplace Theology (WTEL)

Equips Christians for faithful leadership in the marketplace.

Specialty Certificates

Individual campuses and communities offer additional “Specialty” Certificates tailored to local needs and faculty expertise.

Lutheran Studies

Lutheran Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Lutheran Studies through our Charlotte campus delves into the history, theology and culture of the Lutheran tradition.

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Further Study

Our Graduate Certificates are intentionally modular, allowing you to stack certificates together to build towards (or even complete) a master’s degree.

*The MACM is a “professional degree,” which primarily means it is weighted toward developing practical ministry skills. As such, six of the concentration electives in the MACM should be drawn from practical theology or counseling courses. Currently, the Certificate in Lay Counseling and Certificate in Spiritual Formation fit ideally in this scenario.

In the same way, certificates can be applied toward the MATS (60 credits) or the MDIV (90 credits). Graduate certificates allow you to start small and work toward a full MA.


* All students can expect to receive some form of financial assistance. Most students qualify for the scholarship listed here. Reach out to our admissions team (using the form below) to see if you qualify for this or any other scholarships or financial assistance.


Note: Service fees will be charged as follows for each semester/summer session in which a student registers for courses, regardless of student status or credit hours or registration type.

Fall/Spring/Full Summer $175 per term
Summer I, II, III (Intensives) $35 per session
Technology Fee $40 per term

Note: Unfortunately, our Graduate Certificate programs are not eligible for federal aid.


Academic Requirements

Required Degree: Bachelor’s*
Minimum GPA: 2.5

*Don’t Have a Bachelor’s Degree? You Have Options!

English Language Requirements (International Students)

Gordon-Conwell requires a TOEFL score of 90 or better (IBT). We also accept IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher, or a Duolingo score of 110. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree through an English-language university may request a TOEFL waiver.

Application Requirements

A Completed Online Application Includes:

  1. Application Form
  2. Application Fee
  3. One Uploaded Essay
    • A one-page abridged personal statement, including 1–3 paragraphs explaining your vocational goals and how you hope to apply this graduate certificate towards those goals.
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  4. One Recommendation
    • Pastor, Church Official, Ministry Director, Former Professor, or Professional Colleague;
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  5. Official Transcripts
    • The seminary requires a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a recognized accrediting agency. Official transcripts must be sent directly to Gordon-Conwell, or hand-delivered in a sealed envelope. Copies and opened transcripts are not considered official.
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