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Certificate Programs

Undergraduate Certificate programs require the completion of the Trinity Tutorial and any four undergraduate courses within the same area of study.

Graduate Certificate programs require the completion of the Trinity Tutorial and any four graduate courses within the same area of study.

For their certificate level, students may choose any four courses in the same area of study, i.e. Administration – courses with the AD prefix, Biblical Counseling – courses with the BC prefix, etc. The Course Descriptions section of the Catalog provides a complete listing of courses.


Undergraduate Certificate Programs – 12 semester credit hours (4 courses)

    • Administration
    • Apologetics
    • Biblical Counseling
    • Biblical Studies *
    • Christian Counseling
    • Christian Literature
    • Conflict Management
    • Digital Ministry
    • Expository Preaching
    • Great Books
    • Life Coaching
    • New Testament
    • Pastoral Ministry **
    • Philosophy
    • Religious Studies***
    • Theology
    • Worship Arts

Graduate Certificate Programs – 12 semester credit hours (4 courses)

    • Administration
    • Apologetics
    • Biblical Counseling
    • Biblical Studies *
    • Christian Counseling
    • Christian Literature
    • Conflict Management
    • Digital Ministry
    • Expository Preaching
    • Great Books
    • Life Coaching
    • New Testament
    • Old Testament
    • Pastoral Ministry **
    • Philosophy
    • Religious Studies***
    • Theology
    • Worship Art

* Learners in the Undergraduate in Biblical Studies Certificate program may choose any combination of four undergraduate courses from the BS - Biblical Studies, OT - Old Testament, and NT- New Testament areas of study.
**Learners in Undergraduate Certificate Program in Pastoral Ministry may replace one Pastoral Ministry (PM) course with one Christian Education (CE) course.
***Learners in Undergraduate Certificate Programs in Religious Studies may choose any combination of four undergraduate or graduate courses from any areas of study/prefixes.

Options Available with Certificate Courses

  • Students who complete an undergraduate/graduate certificate program through Trinity may transfer those courses into a degree program with the corresponding courses when available. Students considering this option are advised to select courses for their certificate program that are listed in the specific degree program they may be considering completing to ensure the courses will also satisfy degree requirements.
  • Similarly, students enrolled in a degree program may transfer the applicable courses into the corresponding certificate program when available.

General Information

Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate Prerequisite: Students enrolled in certificate programs are not considered to be working toward a degree; therefore, there are no formal admission requirements relating to prior education. Students wishing to transfer the certificate courses to a degree program must meet the prerequisite for the applicable degree prior to the transfer of courses.

Total Credits Required = 12. All credits must be earned at Trinity. No transfer credit or experiential learning credit is accepted into certificate programs. All courses must be completed as required to earn academic credits.

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to receive the Undergraduate Certificate and 3.0 to receive the Graduate Certificate. Completed courses will be reflected on a Trinity transcript.

Normal tuition and fees apply. Additionally, a Certificate Change Fee is charged if students change to another certificate or to a degree or vice versa, prior to the completion of the certificate. The certificate will be awarded when all the required courses have been completed and all financial obligations have been met. A Certificate Awarding Fee is charged for the Certificate of Completion and includes transferring the 4 completed courses to/from degree.