Theological Studies Certificates

Westminster now offers 3 distinct certificates for men and women who wish to further their theological education and effectively apply Scriptural truths to their life, work, and/or ministry.

These certificates are available fully online through state-of-the-art digital platforms. You can earn your certificate while staying in your local context — whether at work, at church, or at home.



online format

Face-to-face small groups


credit hours of coursework

Small class sizes

Less than 1 year

to certificate completion

Begin during any of the 5 terms

Jan, Mar, Jun, Sept, or Oct

Who is a good fit for our certificates program?

Non-ministry professionals, ministry professionals, and stay-at-home parents who need the flexibility but desire a richer understanding of theology

Prospective students who would like a preview of the Westminster distinctives or the student experience at Westminster

Christians or ministry leaders who are interested in (or have recently been introduced to) reformed theology

Lay leaders (elders, deacons, small group leaders) in church who desire to be further equipped in ministry

Those who desire graduate-level courses from Westminster but do not desire to enter a full degree program


Our online courses leverage innovative technology and high-quality production to deliver excellent content in engaging formats.

Certificates Overview

We offer three distinct certificates in our Theological Studies Certificates Program.

Throughout this certificate, students will be exposed to a Christ-centered approach to Scripture — the core aspect of Westminster’s unique curriculum. By the end of these courses, students will be able to articulate the unified message of Scripture containing God’s plan of redemption through Christ; winsomely defend the Gospel and Christian faith (“apologetics”) based on the truths of Scripture; and articulate how the task of theology is possible as God has made himself known in Scripture and through Christ and how this shapes our thinking of God, ourselves, and his world.

Bible Survey

1 course
  • Articulate the importance of recognizing the unified nature and identity of God's Word as it relates to Biblical Theology

  • Explain the significance of a redemptive-historical approach to Biblical Theology as the basis of understanding Scripture and its application

  • Trace various themes from the Old Testament into the New Testament, especially the themes of Kingdom and Covenant

  • Summarize the Old Testament and how it connects to its fulfillment in the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ

  • Situate any passage of Scripture within the larger context of the history of redemption as it climaxes in the person and work of Jesus Christ

  • Explain the relationship between the New Testament and the Old Testament, especially the relationship between Israel, Christ, and the Church

  • Articulate how the theology of the New Testament is an organic unfolding of the themes and categories of the Old Testament

Introduction to Apologetics*

1 course
  • Introduce students to Christian apologetics and its biblical and theological underpinnings

  • Appreciate the need for Christian apologetics

  • Understand biblical religion as a world-and-life view

  • Develop responses to contemporary challenges to the faith, moving from theology to human interaction

  • Develop skills in defending and commending the Christian faith by understanding apologetics as intelligent evangelism

  • Recognize the most articulate apologists in church history and today

  • Develop tools for engaging non-Christian wolrdviews with confidence

*Apologetics is a branch of Christian theology that focuses on defending the faith against objections.

Introduction to Systematic Theology**

1 course

This course sets the foundation for the study of theology by examining how and why theology is made possible and is necessary for us to properly know and understand who God is, how he makes himself known, and, in light of that, understand ourselves and the world around us.

**Systematic Theology is a branch of Christian theology that holistically summarizes the doctrines of Christian faith.

Throughout this certificate, students will receive an introduction to a Christ-centered approach to interpreting and applying Scripture. You will gain tools to faithfully interpret each book of the Bible, identifying how verses, passages, and books of Scripture fit together and provide God’s unified message to his people. You will learn how to faithfully apply Scripture to your own life and how to thoughtfully connect the truths of Scripture to the lives of those you serve.

Principles of Biblical Interpretation

1 course
  • Demonstrate the importance of understanding God's communication in Scripture as the foundation for biblical interpretation

  • Explain the significance of context in meaning, and demonstrate proficiency in evaluating the essential contextual features in a given passage as a necessary entry point to accessing the meaning of the text

  • Enter in an analysis of a text of Scripture and wisely engage with various tools that contribute to an informed understanding of the meaning and application of the passage

  • Elaborate upon any text's relationship to Jesus Christ and the gospel, and be able to situate the meaning of any passage within the redemptive-historical plot line of Scripture and make initial connections to present-day application

OT — Old Testament Theology for Application

1 course
  • Understand the different genres within the Old Testament in which God has chosen to inscripturate his Word

  • Engage in a close reading of the books of the Old Testament in light of their respective genres

  • Apply the principles of biblical-theological interpretation learned in Bible Survey and Principles of Biblical Interpretation and move toward a Christ-centered application of an Old Testament text

  • Explain how the various writings of the Old Testament contribute to the grand narrative of Scripture

  • Demonstrate competence in interpreting and applying various Old Testament passages

NT — New Testament Theology for Application

1 course
  • Better understand the content and theology of the New Testament, with particular focus on how the Gospels, Acts, Epistles and Revelation apply to life and counseling contexts

  • Describe how believers can meaningfully move from the text of Scripture to a wise, gospel-centered application of its truths

  • Gain experience in seeing the Christological/Gospel-centered implications of any text as a prerequisite for meaningful personal application

  • Grow in ability to rivet Scriptural truth to real-life ministry situations

In this certificate, students will receive an introduction to the core tenets of the Christian faith. You will learn a biblically grounded understanding of the character and attributes of God, His plan for salvation, and how He has accomplished that plan for his people through Christ. By the end of these courses, you will be able to articulate a Reformed understanding of these topics, how they have developed from the time of the early Church into the present day, and how these truths should shape the lives of every believer.

Doctrine of God

1 course

Have you ever wondered what the Bible teaches on God being three persons in one essence? Do you desire to have a deeper understanding of the character of God and the purpose for which He created the world? In this course, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson takes a close look at theology proper, or the Doctrine of God. He specifically covers the knowledge of God, the Trinity —Father, Son, and Spirit—the character and attributes of God, and the plan of God in creation and redemption.

Union with Christ

1 course

In Redemption Accomplished and Applied, John Murray writes, “Nothing is more central or basic than union and communion with Christ.” In this course, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson will take you on an in depth study of the work of Christ and the Spirit in the life of the believer, covering the doctrine of the believer’s union with Christ and each of the benefits that flow from that personal relationship (including Calling, Regeneration, Faith, Repentance, Justification, Adoption, Sanctification, Perseverance, and Assurance).

History of Christianity I or II

1 course
  • Identify key personalities, events, and doctrines within their particular cultural, social, and political contexts of the Ancient and Medieval Church

  • Summarize major movements and ideas of the Ancient and Medieval church, with special attention on the development of the Reformed tradition

  • Distinguish between varying theological traditions as formed in the Ancient church and developing into the Medieval period

  • Distinguish between varying theological traditions as formed in the Reformation and developing into the modern period

  • Demonstrate contemporary applications of Reformation and Modern church history, such as deepening our understanding of Scripture and emboldening believers by testimonies of God's faithfulness

Note: These certificates can be combined to build up to a full Master of Arts in Theological Studies with the addition of 3 elective courses and a Summative Evaluation.

"I think the online courses are exemplary of how a seminary should go about education in a time like this.”

Current Student

“I am taking three online classes. They are fantastic… all tools are performing well and making education fun and accessible.”



Flexible programs that fit your life.

Our online programs are designed with your schedule in mind. Watch course lectures at your own pace and start your degree during one of our January, March, June, September, or October terms.

Engaging and innovative classroom environment, with high-production excellence.

Classes are specifically designed to enhance learning for the online student. With engaging videos from Westminster faculty, you’ll see concepts in whole new ways. Speed lectures up or slow them down. Watch them again or all at once. Shape how you learn best.

Face-to-face connection with a global community through integrated digital platforms.

Effective learning happens in community. Face-to-face small groups and group messaging app connect you to global peers, faculty, and staff around the clock. Your personal advisor is available to help you balance class with life. ​​​​Access to tech help and writing resources will ensure you succeed.

Immediate application in your life, work, and ongoing ministry.

Take what you learn in theology, biblical studies, and apologetics directly from the classroom into your ministry or workplace setting. Our online instructors, spiritual care, and support teams will walk alongside you, providing personal guidance and encouragement on your certificate journey.


At Westminster, each student is known and prayed for by name. The Student Support team’s dedicated focus is to care for you throughout your time at Westminster.

Jerry McFarland

Online Dean of Students

Courtney Schmidt

Manager of Student Success


Are these certificates accredited?

Yes! These degrees are fully accredited at the Master’s level.

What is the difference between a Visiting Student and a Certificate Student?

Visiting Students are often interested in taking one-off courses. Certificate Students receive an accredited certificate upon finishing the course requirements and are included in Westminster’s graduation ceremony. Both Visiting Students and Certificate Students take courses alongside other Westminster Online students in degree programs.

What is the cost of certificates?

The current cost of tuition is $615 per credit hour. There are 9 credits per certificate, which totals $5535 per certificate. Note that scholarships are not available for certificates. Federal loans and VA benefits cannot be applied toward certificate programs.

What is the student experience like for certificate students?

Students in the certificate programs will be taking classes alongside MAC (Master of Arts in Counseling) and MATS (Master of Arts in Theological Studies). Like MAC and MATS students, certificate students will benefit from small groups, interactive platforms, and engagement with instructional faculty.

Can my certificate credits be applied toward a degree program?

The 3 certificates combined make up 9 of the 12 required courses for the MATS (Master of Arts in Theological Studies). Courses in these certificates can also be applied as electives to our other programs. Connect with us to learn more.