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

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


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



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


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


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