Graduate Certificate in Bible and Theology

The Bible and Theology Certificate offers you a solid biblical-theological foundation. The credits you earn can be applied towards a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts seminary programs through Columbia Biblical Seminary.

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 

This 30-credit-hour degree only takes 1 year to complete.

Why Study Bible & Theology 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

Program Details


  • A minimum 30 total semester hours of credit
  • A minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA
  • Completion of a minimum of 15 semester hours of Bible and theology

Review the program details and course requirements for the Bible & Theology 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.


Career and Ministry Opportunities for Bible & Theology Certificate Graduates

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

Graduate Certificate in Bible and Theology Admission Requirements

  • 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)

Degree Program Faculty

David Croteau, Professor of New Testament & Greek at CIU

David A. Croteau

Professor of New Testament & Greek

B.A., California State University, Fresno; M.Div, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary; Th.M., Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


Photo of Brian Gault, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at CIU

Brian P. Gault

Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

B.A., Cedarville University; M.Th., Dallas Theological Seminary; M.A., Ph.D., Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion



Igou Hodges

L. Igou Hodges

Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology

B.A., Columbia International University; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Edinburgh


Julia Klausli

Adjunct Counseling Professor

B.A., M.A., Columbia International University,  Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas


Photo of Benjamin Noonan, CIU professor

Benjamin Noonan

Professor of Old Testament & Hebrew

B.S., M.A., Wheaton College; M.Phil., Ph.D.. Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion


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