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.
ESR's certificate programs 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.
Certificates Students enrolled in a degree program at one Partner School (Bethany or ESR) may earn a certificate at the other Partner School (Bethany or ESR) without going through the complete application process as a certificate student at the other institution. These students must complete a simple form, to be counted and processed appropriately. During the typical process for graduation, they must complete the Intent to Graduate form in order to be awarded the physical certificate and be recognized during commencement. Students may count the certificate courses toward the degree, as per policy of the school granting the degree. Transcripts will reflect both the degree from the home institution and the certificate from the partner school. The courses that apply to the certificate will be indicated on the transcript. Graduates with a certificate from the partner school will be announced at commencement exercises and included in the printed program. Should students enrolled in a certificate program at one school seek to enroll in another certificate at the other school, they will need to enroll as a certificate student at the second school, with a simplified process.
Certificate cost: $600/credit hour (most certificates are 18 credit hours); 25% discount for prepayment of total cost or apply for up to 25% in need based aid. Regular fees apply as well.
Occasional Student Program
Not every student is able to commit to a full-time program of graduate study. That shouldn't be a constraint for those interested in taking seminary courses for professional or personal reasons. ESR provides you with the option of applying for admission to our Occasional Student Program, and registering for residential or Access classes.
Occasional students may take any ESR 100 or 200 level course. Students with the appropriate educational background may take 300 level courses, with the permission of the instructor. Occasional students may take as many as two courses per semester.
Please note that students in this program are subject to the same academic performance requirements as M.Div./M.Min., M.A. and Certificate students. A fee of $35 per year is required to maintain Occasional Student status.
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