Many prospective students want to study theology, spirituality and related topics, but aren’t ready to commit to earning a graduate degree. They may be interested for vocational reasons, personal development, or to expand their opportunities for ministry. ESR certificate programs balance academic rigor with spiritual formation, and provide opportunities to engage in studies while earning credit that can be applied to a future graduate degree.
Certificate programs in Writing as Ministry, Quaker Studies, and Spirituality combine foundational classes with specialized courses that deeply explore areas of concentration. Students can choose from residential, intensive, online or hybrid residential/online courses to fulfill certificate requirements. These flexible yet rigorous programs can support vocational or ministry goals, or serve as an interim step toward a degree program.