The Graduate Certificate is a 30 credit graduate level programme for bachelor’s degree holders. It is designed for church members, lay leaders, and Christian workers who want to develop and equip themselves for more effective Christian service. This programme exposes a student to classes in Bible, Theology, Counselling, Missions, Ministry, and Communication. The credits earned can be applied to a master’s degree programme.
The student may choose to complete the more general Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry for a broad exposure to a wide range of classes. Or he/she may choose a more focused certificate in one of the following emphases:
- Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies
- Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Studies
- Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling
The student in the Graduate Certificate programme chooses one or two classes from each category:
- Biblical Studies (BLS) – 4 credits
- Theological and Historical Studies (THS) – 4 credits
- Leadership, Ministry, and Communication (LMC) – 4 credits
- Inter-cultural Studies (ICS) – 4 credits
In addition to these 16 credits, the student selects 14 more elective credits. The elective credits can be chosen from a variety of class categories for the broader Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry. Those who wish to focus on a special area may choose all or most of their elective credits in one of the three special emphases: Pastoral Counselling, Biblical Studies, or Missions. For a Graduate Certificate in a special area of emphasis, at least 12 of the 30 credits would need to be in the chosen area of emphasis.
EAST considers each applicant’s qualifications in these five areas:
- Maturity (personal, social, and spiritual)
- Ministry experience
- Leadership ability
- Academic ability
- Academic entry requirement: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited or recognized university or college
Note: EAST reserves the right to make exceptions to the above policy.