Religious Education—certificate

A graduate certificate program is a focused group of courses with a coherent knowledge base in one field of specialization. Courses in the program are regular graduate courses that are fully transferable into Religious Education graduate degree programs and other graduate programs where these courses are applicable to the curriculum. The successful completion of a graduate certificate program is noted on the student's transcript.


Family Life Education
The Graduate Certificate in the Family Life Education program is designed for pastors, family ministries directors, and lay leaders who want to help foster or support strong families in the church and in the community through teaching in seminars, classes, small groups, and retreats. Courses are based on the content areas endorsed by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and recognized by the Adventist Association of Family Life Professionals (AAFLP). Specific courses are approved and applicable to the certification processes of these professional organizations.

Campus Spiritual Leadership
The Graduate Certificate in Campus Spiritual Leadership is designed for professionals with responsibility for some aspect of the spiritual growth of students on Christian or public campuses. Typical applicants would be pastors, youth pastors, chaplains, Bible teachers, principals, residence hall deans, student services directors, lay leaders of youth and young adult ministries, and youth and education directors. The classes are set up to examine the broad principles of campus ministry, at the same time allowing those with specific interest in the public or Christian campus to focus their research, assignments, and field work on the setting of their choice. In some classes there are breakouts sessions focusing on either the public or Christian setting, and participants are free to join the sessions of their choice

Program length

Courses in the graduate certificate programs are offered as summer intensives on a two-year rotation. Each intensive requires pre-campus and post-campus work. Pre-campus syllabi are posted on our Web site:, in February of each year. At least two courses are offered back-to back each summer, allowing a student to complete the sequence over a two-summer period.

Application deadlines

  • Fall (August - December ): July 15
  • Spring (January - May): November 15
  • Summer Session 1 (May - June): March 15
  • Summer Session 2 (June - July): April 15
  • Summer Session 3 (July - August): May 15

Prospective Students who apply after the deadline will incur an additional $70 late application fee.

Eligibility requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree: A four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  • Undergraduate GPA: Minimum 2.60 (or 2.75 on the last half of undergraduate courses). The entire student profile is considered during the admissions process; students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may also apply.
  • English proficiency: Students whose language of education is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80.


Family Life Education

  • EDPC520 Psychological Development: Life Span or equivalent

Campus Spiritual Leadership

  • 12 undergraduate/graduate credits in religion/theology
  • A course in human growth and development

Admission requirements

  • Official transcripts: From institutions where all post-secondary coursework was taken. Download Transcript Request PDF
  • Recommendations: Three recommendations are required. You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
  • Resume or professional history: Information about your employment, research, or special projects
  • Statement of Purpose: a 500-word essay explaining your objectives in seeking a graduate degree at Andrews University. Include a description of your personal, professional, and academic goals; your philosophical perspective; and what you hope to accomplish professionally in ten years following the completion of your degree.
  • Personality questionnaire: Complete and return the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire as directed.
  • International students: Since Graduate Certificates are not full time programs and international students must be enrolled full time, they are not eligible for this program. 


To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

Next steps

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