Graduate Certificate in Bible and Theology

The Bible and Theology Certificate provides students with the 27 semester hours of Bible, theology, worldview, and spiritual formation courses necessary to pursue a graduate-level degree at Columbia Biblical Seminary (CBS). It gives students a solid biblical-theological foundation, facilitates growth in godliness, and prepares them for higher-level studies at the master’s level. The Bible and Theology Certificate is available fully online. Please contact Admissions for further information.

What You’ll Learn 

  • How to interpret and apply the biblical text
  • How to explain, evaluate and apply Bible doctrine
  • How to trace God’s global movement throughout the Bible

Program Length 

  • Either residential 16-week format or fully online 8-week format
  • Hybrid residential/online format available
  • Complete in 18 months, taking one course at a time

Why Study Bible & Theology at Columbia Biblical Seminary?

  • Highly engaging, hands-on 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

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.


For a comprehensive list of courses related to this program visit the Academic Catalog.

Admission Requirements

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Affirm to be a Christian and agree with CIU’s Doctrinal Standard
  • Official transcript for highest earned degree and any master’s level credits earned with a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the most recent degree earned
  • Essay (800 words total)
  • Church leader reference


Accreditation and Accolades

SACSCOC (The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges)

A Certificate in Bible & Theology prepares you for further study at the master’s level as well as potential opportunities in ministry.

  • Marketplace ministry
  • Serving on the mission field
  • Serving as a staff member in a local church
  • Teaching Bible in a Christian school