Certificate Programs

18 – 30 Credits


Not every student needs a full degree program.  Certificates offer college-level learning targeted to a specific element of one of our degree programs.  Whether you are building a foundation or expanding your toolbox, browse ACU certificate options below.

 

Certificate Programs

Our certificate programs offer students the opportunity to develop biblical ministry skills in laser-focused tracks.  Whether you already have a degree in another discipline or are simply transitioning toward an undergraduate program, but want to front-load your learning with biblical ministry foundations and skills, a certificate program may be the best option.

These programs also snap well into church and front-line ministry internships to amplify both student growth and program impact.

Biblical Foundations Certificate

18 credits


The Biblical Foundations Certificate builds foundational skills for leveraging God’s Word as the final authority for how one thinks and lives.  All ACU programs are built on these required courses.

Program Courses

  • BIB100 Principles of Bible Study – 3 credits
  • BIB111 Old Testament Survey – 3 credits
  • BIB112 New Testament Survey – 3 credits
  • THE120 Foundations for Christian Living – 3 credits
  • Bible/Theology Electives (BIB, THE) – 6 credits

Ministry Leadership Certificate

30 credits


The Ministry Leadership Certificate surveys foundational skills for leveraging God’s Word in life and ministry, then adds ministry leadership foundations and professional ministry application skills.  Students with non-ministry professional backgrounds involved in or transitioning to ministry roles, in particular, can develop biblical discipleship-driven ministry skill in this focused track.

Program Courses

  • BIB100 Principles of Bible Study – 3 credits
  • THE120 Foundations for Christian Living – 3 credits
  • MIN311 Personal Life of the Ministry Leader – 3 credits
  • MIN312 Family Life of the Ministry Leader – 3 credits
  • MIN320 Effective Bible Teaching – 3 credits
  • MIN401 Dynamics of Discipleship – 3 credits
  • MIN402 Introduction to Impact Ministry Leadership – 3 credits
  • MIN403 Principles of Ministry Strategy – 3 credits
  • MIN404 Developing Dynamic Teams – 3 credits
  • MIN408 Organizational Communication – 3 credits

Applied Ministry Certificate

30 credits


The Applied Ministry Certificate surveys foundational skills for leveraging God’s Word in life and ministry, then adds ministry leadership foundations and discipline-specific ministry application skills in Youth Ministry, Urban Ministry, Family Ministry, Intercultural Ministry or Camp Ministry.  The applied ministry concentration a student selects will be named on the certificate.

Program Core Courses

  • BIB100 Principles of Bible Study – 3 credits
  • THE120 Foundations for Christian Living – 3 credits
  • MIN311 Personal Life of the Ministry Leader – 3 credits
  • MIN320 Effective Bible Teaching – 3 credits
  • MIN401 Dynamics of Discipleship – 3 credits
  • MIN403 Principles of Ministry Strategy – 3 credits
  • MIN404 Developing Dynamic Teams – 3 credits

Concentration Options (9 credits)

  • Camp Ministry – Any 3 of CAM400, CAM401, CAM405, CAM407, CAM409, CAM424
  • Family Ministry – Any 3 of FAM401, FAM402, FAM403, FAM404, FAM405
  • Intercultural Ministry – MIS311, MIS321, MIS411
  • Urban Ministry – Any 3 of URB311, URB315, URB321, URB411
  • Youth Ministry – Any 3 of YMN301, YMN315, YMN321, YMN407
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