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Biblical Studies


The Biblical Studies Certificate includes core seminary courses. It offers condensed but robust theological training that will serve learners well in any ministry or industry context. It also provides a wonderful opportunity for personal spiritual growth by engaging students with a diverse group of peers and faculty mentors. The three courses offered in the certificate will easily transfer into Bethel Seminary's other programs, making it an excellent starting point for theological training without requiring a major immediate commitment.

Program Option(s)

Biblical Studies Certificate

The Biblical Studies Certificate is a flexible, condensed selection of Bethel Seminary’s foundational courses, giving adult learners a framework for biblical interpretation that will serve them well in any ministry or industry context.

Deliveries Evening, Fully Online, and Online with Intensives
Locations Online, San Diego, and St. Paul
Credits 9

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* These program details and costs are estimated and subject to change. View our program details disclaimer for more information.

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College of Adult & Professional Studies Tuition Frozen for 2018-19

April 19, 2018 | 1 p.m.

While tuition for adult undergraduate programs will remain the same, tuition for the Graduate School and Bethel Seminary to increase.

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April 11, 2018 | 2:30 p.m.

Donors shared a meal with the Bethel students who benefit from their scholarships.

Bethel Seminary Launches 9-credit Biblical Studies Certificate

April 06, 2018 | 3 p.m.

The program can be completed in a year, giving students a framework for biblical interpretation through Bethel Seminary’s three most iconic courses.

M.A. in Children’s and Family Ministry Program Reduces Credits, Time to Completion

March 13, 2018 | 4 p.m.

Beginning in June, the degree will take two years and 36 credits to complete, making a seminary education more affordable and accessible to children’s ministry leaders.

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APR 28 2018

CANCELED: Enrich Day Retreat: Knowing Ourselves, Refining our Purpose

9 a.m. PT Bethel Seminary San Diego

Join us for a day retreat at Bethel Seminary San Diego to reflect and rest alongside other helping professionals.

MAY 9 2018

Pastors Prayer Council

7:30 a.m.

Uplift Bethel University in prayer with staff, faculty, and area pastors.

MAY 10 2018

Keeping the Conversation Going: A Working Women with Purpose Lunch

Noon PT Bethel Seminary San Diego Chapel, 6116 Arosa Street, San Diego, CA 92115

An opportunity to think deeply and theologically about your daily work as God's calling.

MAY 28 2018

Experience the Best of Bethel Seminary

This condensed certificate program is designed to give students a low-cost way to experience Bethel Seminary's signature, foundational courses. Whether you're continuing on to a full seminary program or simply looking for personal spiritual development, the Biblical Studies Certificate is a great option.
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Program Highlights

Instruction by scholar-practitioners

Our professors are established theologians who contribute to the future of the church through teaching, writing, and research. Many of them are also pastors, speakers, and lay leaders in various contexts, so they understand the challenges facing the church and want to engage students in addressing them.

Robust ministry network

Bethel Seminary attracts learners from many denominations and contexts, creating a unique learning environment where deep relationships and support networks are formed. Learn from the top theological minds while getting to know friends who will become your advocates and contacts for life.

Solid theological teaching

Students in this certificate program take Hermeneutics, Old Testament Survey, and New Testament Survey, three courses which are foundational to the Bethel Seminary experience. Together, they offer a robust understanding of scripture and provide and excellent basis for continued study.

Flexible delivery

This certificate may be completed online or through traditional classroom experiences at Bethel's St. Paul or San Diego campus. There are frequent start dates, and the certificate may be completed in as little as a year or spaced out for students who want a more relaxed pace.


You’ll walk away from this program with practical skills in biblical interpretation and the confidence to apply those skills to your career.


Learn how to:

  • Apply the message of the Bible to your own life so you can impact others
  • Love God, yourself, and others more fully by gaining emotional, spiritual, and relational health
  • Gain tools and insights for interpreting the Bible in its original context
  • Relate theology to current issues
  • Approach Scripture with care and understanding