Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies

Program Overview

Aquinas Institute of Theology’s Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies is an 18 credit hour graduate certificate program designed especially for those seeking to increase or refresh their understanding of Sacred Scripture. This flexible certificate allows students to customize their area of Biblical studies, focusing either in the Old or New Testaments, or both. Students may also take an elective outside of Biblical studies, if desired.

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  Fall Applications Spring Applications
Priority & International Deadline March 1 October 15
Final Deadline August 1 December 1

Program Details & Length

Students may complete the degree either on-campus in St. Louis or online synchronously. Here, students participate in classes as they happen in St. Louis via a video conferencing service and are an active part of the conversation and learning environment.

Full-time students may complete the Certificate in one year, while part–time students may take up to three years to complete the Certificate.

Who is the Program For?

The Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies is beneficial for a variety of people desiring to further their knowledge and understanding of Scripture at the graduate level.

Those who regularly preach, teach Scripture, conduct Bible studies in their parish settings, catechists, spiritual directors, or those who are active in liturgical or retreat ministries are particularly suited for the Certificate. Anyone seeking a greater understanding of the Scriptures to enhance their participation in liturgy is also welcome.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Certificate are further equipped to serve as RCIA directors, spiritual directors, religion and faith formation teachers or catechists, leaders of adult scripture study, retreat facilitators, and preachers.

Program Content

Course Title Credit Hours
Proseminer* 3
Biblical Interpretation 3
Scripture Electives 12

*This course may be waived if the applicant has a graduate theological degree from an accredited institute of higher learning. If waived, students replace the credits with a general elective of their choice.

Program Format

The Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies can be completed either residentially in St. Louis or synchronously. Here, students join classes as they are happening in real-time via a video conferencing service. 

Application Requirements & Admission Criteria

Below is a summary of application requirements and admission criteria. For detailed information on these requirements, click here.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal assessment
  • Reflection paper
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Interview
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • $50 application fee

Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • 12 credit hours in theology or philosophy (deficiencies may be made up at Aquinas)