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Diploma and Certificate Programs

Students who lack an undergraduate degree may apply for admission to one of the certificate or diploma programs that parallel Erskine’s degree programs: Diploma in Theology (MDiv), Certificate in Practical Ministry (MAPM), and Certificate in Theological Studies (MATS). Applicants must complete the admission requirements as outlined above for master’s degree programs.

Students may convert a completed Certificate or Diploma to a master’s degree if they subsequently acquire an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university by submitting an official transcript documenting the completed undergraduate degree program and conferral date, along with the applicable fee.

Students who have completed the MATS or MAPM degree and seek the equivalent of a Master of Divinity degree may enroll in the Diploma in Theology (MDiv Equivalence) program to complete the final 24 hours needed to earn the equivalent of a 72 hour MDiv program.

Diploma in Theology = MDiv

The MDiv is the professional degree that traditionally prepares graduates to serve in ordained ministry and is required by many denominations for ordination. The MDiv provides a balanced curriculum with courses in biblical studies, theology and church history, and the practice of ministry.

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Certificate in Practical Ministry = MAPM

The MAPM prepares graduates for specialized roles in churches or other ministries. Students ordained in denominations that do not require the MDiv often use the MAPM to enhance their knowledge and ministry skills. The curriculum focuses on courses in the practice of ministry.

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Certificate in
Theological Studies =
MATS

Erskine offers the MATS degree both online and onsite to deepen graduates understanding of the Bible, theology, and church history. Students pursue the MATS for personal enrichment, to enhance their ministries as leaders and teachers in their churches, or to prepare for further study.

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David Livingstone Institute for Christianity, Medicine and the Sciences

In addition to the degree-equivalent Certificate Programs, Erskine also offer three (3) Graduate Certificate programs for practicing medical and scientific professionals and students.

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D. James Kennedy Institute for Reformed Leadership

The D. James Kennedy Institute for Reformed Leadership and Training announces the pastoral fellowship-in-residence year. The pastoral fellowship-in-residence year is an opportunity for newly ordained or soon-to-be-ordained clergy to invest twelve months in an intensive time of professional training following their graduation from seminary.

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