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Certificate in Theological Studies

Next Start Date

January 11th

Credit Hours

21 hours


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Why Choose Trinity's Online Organizational Leadership Certificate?

Our Certificate of Theological Studies allows you to choose what master’s-level courses you need in order to strengthen your ministry. And since it is available at our Deerfield campus, entirely online, and through our extension sites, you gain another layer of flexibility. You may be a leader who wants to grow in your teaching ability, or at a career transition and wondering about going into ministry. Or you may want to improve at what you’re already doing. Whatever work you’ve been given, our Certificate program can help you do it better. TEDS is known for its world-class faculty who will instruct and interact with you throughout your program of study.

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The Certificate of Theological Studies is 21 credit hours which consists of 3 hours of Biblical Studies, 3 hours of Theological Studies, and 15 hours of Electives. An admissions counselor will help you customize a unique program of courses to fit your interests.

Financial Aid

Did you know that nearly 95% of our students receive some form of financial aid? At Trinity we offer scholarships, grants, rebates, and other aid options to help pay for the cost of schooling. Learn more about what is available below or by contacting the Financial Aid Office at [email protected].

why complete a certificate program?

The Certificate in Theological Studies is intended for people involved in lay and parachurch ministry and leadership who feel the need to strengthen their skills and knowledge base in a specific area of study or across the theological curriculum. Students who pursue, and have completed the Certificate in Theological Studies may wish to continue their studies and apply to the MA (Theological Studies) program. Any course work completed under the Certificate in Theological Studies is applicable to the MA/TS program as well.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Certificate in Theological Studies must fulfill the following requirements:
  • Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree (or the educational equivalent) from a recognized, accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 2.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale. GRE or MAT scores may be required for those whose GPA falls below 2.0

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Featured Faculty

Craig Ott, PhD

Dr. Ott’s particular fields of expertise include theology of mission, contextualization, church planting, and teaching across cultures.

He has planted churches in Schaumburg, Illinois, and in Munich, Ingolstadt, Neumarkt, and Markt Indersdorf, Germany. From 1995 to 2002 Dr. Ott served as Central Europe Church Planting Consultant for ReachGlobal, and from 1998 to 2002 he taught at the Akademie für Weltmission in Korntal, Germany, where he continues to teach regularly as an adjunct professor.


Our online degree programs are structured to provide you with a true Trinity community experience, even from the comfort of your home. Plus the convenience and flexibility of online classes and coursework can be made to work for your unique situation and needs. Let us work with you so that you can benefit from the best that Trinity has to offer.