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Andover Newton Certificate Programs

Andover Newton offers several certificate options for students who wish to enhance knowledge and skills but do not seek a full-time graduate program.

Some non-degree programs are geared towards working clergy or laypersons active in their churches. Others are suited for students who seek to engage with a community of other curious learners as they deepen their knowledge of theological issues. All may be earned on either a part-time or full-time basis.

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You Should Consider a Certificate Program If You

  • Want to integrate spiritual practices into your professional or personal life
  • Find yourself interested in learning more about faith and religion
  • Are considering ministry as a vocation, either in a church or in the community
  • Have earned a Master of Divinity and wish to develop a theological specialty
  • Seek to develop an academic credential for prospective employers
  • Are not ready to apply to a degree program
  • Plan to gain classroom experience to strengthen your application to a degree program

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Flexible Programs

  • Courses that meet your needs
  • Classes meet just once a week for three hours
  • On-line courses available
  • Some evening classes
  • Courses count towards a degree if you decide to take the next step

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Gateway and Focused Certificate Programs

Certificate in Theological Studies (PDF) This certificate program serves as a gateway into a degree program and allows you to sample broadly from available courses. Read More (PDF)

Focused Certificate Programs

A focused certificate allows you to take five courses in a single academic discipline under the advisement of a faculty member in that discipline. Unlike the general certificate, focused certificates may also be earned if you are in another degree program, such as the Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry if you wish further specialization. The focused certificate programs are:

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To Earn a Certificate You Must

  • Apply and be admitted to Andover Newton as a Special Student or be enrolled in a degree program
  • Complete five courses (15 credits) from the approved list (varies by certificate) *
  • Enroll in at least one class per semester towards the certificate
  • Complete the program within three academic years

*Two of the five courses can be taken at other area theological schools (through the Boston Theological Institute) with the approval of your advisor. Courses taken for credit as a non-matriculated E-Learner or exchange student may be applied toward the certificate with the approval of your advisor.

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Approximately $2,500 per course including tuition and fees.

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How to Apply

As a Special Student through the Admissions Office

  • Complete a Special Student application either online or on paper
  • Submit official transcripts from schools you have previously attended
  • Submit one letter of recommendation

As a current student through the Registrar’s Office

  • Discuss your interest with your academic advisor
  • Submit an Intent to Graduate Form when you have completed the required 15 credits

As a BTI student through the Admissions Office

  • Complete a Special Student application either online or on paper
  • Submit official transcripts from schools you have previously attended
  • Submit one letter of recommendation

NOTE: You must be enrolled as a student at Andover Newton to earn a certificate. Courses taken at Andover Newton for credit as a non-matriculated E-Learner or as an exchange student from another seminary may count towards a certificate only after you are admitted as a student and receive approval from your Andover Newton advisor.

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Please refer to the Andover Newton on-line course catalogue at which contains current academic policy and supersedes this page and descriptive brochures.