Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies (GCCS)
The Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies (GCCS) program is designed to equip you with an understanding of Christian formation and vocation, and the practices that nurture an ongoing life of discipleship and mission in the 21st century. In the course of pursuing the GCCS, you will be challenged to apply this understanding personally through reflection and discernment both in the classroom and in the community. The certificate can be completed in one year.
The Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies (GCCS) is designed for laypeople, and enables you to develop the knowledge base, the skill set, and the multicultural sensitivities needed to understand the Christian faith and put it into practice in a hurting world. In the program, you will experience rich opportunities for worship, fellowship, and personal spiritual growth in the context of SPU’s evangelical Wesleyan heritage.
The GCCS program is a highly flexible. You can complete the required 25 credits in one year of full-time study or over
several years of part-time study. You can also select from a wide variety of
courses. Whether you are interested in deepening your understanding of the
Christian faith and reflecting on issues of vocation and ministry, or you are
considering entering full-time professional Christian service, the flexibility
of the program will work well for you. If you subsequently enroll in a Seminary
degree program, credits you earn in the GCCS program are usually transferable.
To earn a Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies, you must be accepted into the program and complete 25 credits, including three required courses (7 credits total). You are also encouraged to take at least one course in each of three 3-course "academic core" sequences (12 credits total).
You are also encouraged to take THEO 6930 "Graduate Core Practicum" (3 credits), which includes required participation in a Wesleyan-style class meeting — small-group meetings for the purpose of discussing theology, spiritual growth, and personal lives — and optional meetings with a theological mentor. The remaining 6 credits of your program can be used toward post-core graduate THEO electives.