Graduate Certificate in Biblical Ministry

If you are interested in ministry but don’t want to pursue a degree, the Biblical Ministry Certificate will provide you with a basic understanding of Scriptures and a foundation for effective Christian ministry. During your studies, you’ll grow spiritually and learn how to study and apply God’s word.

What You'll Learn 

  • How to interpret and apply the biblical text
  • How to share the gospel effectively
  • How to deepen your relationship with God

Program Length 

This 30-credit-hour degree only takes 1 year to complete, if you enroll fulltime. As a part-time student, you can complete the degree in 4 semesters.

Career and Ministry Opportunities With This Degree 

A Certificate in Biblical Ministry helps you meet the basic requirements for many mission agencies and equips you to: 

  • Volunteer in a local church
  • Serve on the mission field
  • Minister in the marketplace

Why Study Biblical Ministry at CIU Online?

  • Highly engaged, hands-on online classes with students from all over the world
  • Professors who are practitioners of the subjects they teach
  • Faculty and staff who are dedicated to getting to know you and providing both academic and spiritual support and guidance


  • Online application
  • $25 application fee
  • Applicants must have an accredited bachelor's degree 
  • Official college transcripts of all work completed or in progress.
  • An essay
  • Church leader reference
  • Signed Doctrinal Statement (completed during the first course)


  • A minimum 30 total semester hours of credit
  • A minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA
  • Completion of a minimum of 15 semester hours of CIU coursework

Program Details

See the program details and course of study for the Biblical Ministry Certificate program.

Note: This certificate program is not eligible for federal Title IV financial aid funds – i.e. Federal Direct Loans. Students who are interested in exploring other financial aid options should contact the Financial Aid Office.