✖ close

☰ In This Section

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

See full details

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

Recent News

Professor of New Testament and Purveyor of Harry Potter Insight

Bethel Seminary Assistant Professor of New Testament John Anthony Dunne didn’t have his sights set on a career in academia when he started college—or even when he started seminary. But he’s faithfully taken each new step and found ways to weave his passions—including Harry Potter—into his work along the way.

September 11, 2018 | 2 p.m.

Bethel Seminary to Move to Anderson Center

A complete renovation is underway to create a pastoral space that serves modern seminary students well while also bringing them closer to Bethel’s other adult programs and services.

September 05, 2018 | Noon

Embracing Software and Seminary

Paul Prins S’12 follows his dual calling for entrepreneurship and ministry to Paris.

August 09, 2018 | 9 p.m.

Heather Flies ’95, S’02 Named 2018 Alumna of the Year for Bethel Seminary

Growing up, Heather Flies watched her five older siblings leave their southern Minnesota town to attend Bethel University. After high school graduation, Flies followed suit. There, she discovered the heart God gave her for young people. Now she has her Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary and is in full-time junior high ministry at Wooddale Church.

August 01, 2018 | 4 p.m.

Upcoming Events

SEPT 20 2018

Defining Generosity: Differences Among Generations

Noon CT Online via WebEx

Get a look at how generosity and engagement differ for each generation in the church.

SEPT 21 2018

Lunch Discussion: Community Development 101

Noon PT Bethel Seminary San Diego, Room 101

Learn from a seasoned Christian leader in community development about how you and your church can more effectively reach your community.

OCT 2 2018

Doctor of Ministry Online Info Session

Noon CT

Discover the program option that will best equip you for further ministry!

OCT 3 2018

M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy and M.A. in Mental Health Counseling Online Info Session

1 p.m. PT

In this interactive online session, you will learn more about Bethel's M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy and M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Program Director Karen Quek, have an opportunity to ask questions, and meet your enrollment counselor.

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.
Seminary students

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