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.

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.

** The estimated total price is based on current tuition rates. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.


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.

Spring 2022

Accepting Applications for Spring ’22

The formal deadline for our Spring term is December 15, but check the following link for further campus and program-specific dates and deadlines.
Detailed Application Dates & Deadlines »

Application Process

(We have simplified our application to get you started quickly with a graduate certificate.)

1. Supply basic personal information

Provide Undergraduate Credentials (GPA & Transcript)

A bachelor’s degree is required* for admission into both a graduate certificate and master’s degree program. You will be asked to self report your undergraduate GPA. You will be accepted provisionally pending receipt of an official transcript, which must be received before completing your first full course. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 will also be asked to supply a personal reference.

2. Provide a Statement of Intent

You will be asked to provide a brief statement (approximately 250 words) why you desire to complete a certificate and how your studies will benefit your present or future ministry.

3. Affirm Our Community Life Statement

In order to operate as a community, all faculty, staff, and students are required to affirm and abide by our community life statement. You will be asked to assent to our statement as part of your application.

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