Subject-focused learning

Iliff offers Graduate Certificates to both degree-seeking and non-degree students. Graduate Certificates provide non-degree students with an interest in focused theological education the chance to work in a particular area. They also provide degree students an opportunity to study in areas outside of their concentration or to demonstrate advanced competency to future employers. Iliff’s Graduate Certificates recognize the successful completion of a set of courses (usually four) totaling 12 to 16 quarter hours in an established concentration within the curriculum. Iliff Graduate Certificates must be completed within a seven year time frame. Credits completed beyond the seven year deadline will not be counted towards the certificate requirements. Most certificate students complete this program in 1-3 years.

Upon successful completion, the Graduate Certificate is recorded on the student’s transcript and a certificate is mailed to their current legal home permanent address after commencement as evidence of the completion of the program.

Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited college with a minimum of a 2.75 grade point average. Applicants submit a completed application form, personal statement, and transcripts from all undergraduate or graduate institutions previously attended. Additionally, some certificates require an interview with pertinent faculty members.

Current Certificate Options

Below is a list of the Graduate Certificates we offer along with examples of a few of the courses available in each certificate area:

Anglican Studies

  • Anglican Spirituality
  • English Reformation and Background
  • Anglican Communion: Polity, the Episcopal Church and Canon Law

General Theological Studies

  • Courses are identified on the basis of subject matter or thematic connections identified by the certificate student and approved by the dean. The General Theological Studies certificate is not available within a degree program.

Military Chaplaincy Ministry

(This certificate is available only for active duty military chaplains, military chaplain trainees, and Veterans Administration chaplains)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Pastoral, Psychological and Theological Responses
  • The Impact of War on Pastoral Care and Theology
  • Moral Stress, Resilience, and Spiritual Integration

Pastoral and Spiritual Care (Applicants for this certificate must also complete an interview with faculty before acceptance to this certificate option.)

  • Pastoral Theology and Care
  • Spiritual Care in Pluralistic Contexts
  • Spiritual Care in a Clinical Setting

Religion and Social Change

  • Authentic Engagement
  • Ethical Perspectives on War and Peace
  • Race, Gender, Class: Historical and Social
    Scientific Analysis of Individual, Institutional, and
    Systemic Racism in the Modern World

United Methodist Studies

  • United Methodist History
  • United Methodist Doctrine
  • United Methodist Polity for Leadership


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