Overview of Program
The Certificate in Theological Studies is for all who are interested in deepening their understanding of contemporary theological thought through active engagement with the topics and theological disciplines explored in VST workshops and courses. An undergraduate degree is not required.
Length of Program
The Certificate is granted at VST’s Convocation ceremony to students who successfully complete 12 Units of study in any mix of disciplines. The Certificate program is generally undertaken part-time, although the program can be completed full-time in one term of study. All course work must be completed within 8 years of beginning in the Certificate program.
Application to the Certificate in Theological Studies must be made prior to registration in a student’s initial certificate course. Along with the information requested on the Application Form, there is a $25 application fee. To download an application form, please click here.
Course Requirements for the Certificate in Theological Studies
The Certificate in Theological Studies is based on Units of study, rather than Credit hours. One (1) Unit is equal to approximately 10 hours of teaching time. Certificate Units can be completed through weekend workshops (1 Unit); January Interterm and Summer School intensives (1.5 or 3 Units, depending on length); and 12-week Fall and Spring term courses (3 Units).
Certificate courses are taught by VST faculty and visiting scholars from around the world, and most are courses in which Diploma and Degree students are also participating. Some restrictions may apply as to which courses may be taken for the Certificate program. Normally, courses numbered in the 100’s or 500’s can be taken to fulfill one or more Units in the Certificate program.
Please note: Certificate Units may not be transferred into VST’s Diploma or Degree programs.
Certificate course work expectations:
• All reading as assigned by instructor
• Class participation and group work
• 3-4 pages of writing per Unit (i.e. a 1 Unit workshop requires 3-4 pages of writing; a 1.5 Unit intensive requires 5-7 pages; a 3 Unit course requires 9-12 pages)
Written assignments should:
• Demonstrate the ability to thoughtfully engage the material and reading for the class
• Give a personal reflection on the reading and material covered
Certificate Units will be evaluated on an Approved (APP) /Not Approved (NAPP) system. No letter grades will be given for the completion of Certificate Units.
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