Certificate of the Seminary

The Certificate of the Seminary is designed for individuals who wish to learn and grow in an academic context. It is intended to serve a broad scope of interests and therefore provides a high level of flexibility.

The Certificate of the Seminary is designed for individuals seeking to learn and grow in an academic context. Upon completion of the certificate, and with the approval of the seminary faculty, students may use the accumulated credits toward a graduate program at Briercrest College and Seminary. The certificate can be completed through courses taken on campus or through Distance Learning.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete the 21 credit hour program of studies as outlined
  • Achieve a minimum of 2.25 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale
  • Receive the recommendation of the seminary faculty
  • Complete 9 credit hours in a chosen specialized area of study
  • Meet the specified curricular expectations of the program
  • Meet all financial obligations to the seminary

Certificate Requirements

(21 credit hours)


(12 credit hours) 

In consultation with the Program Coordinator, students choose one course from each of the following four areas of study:

Christian Ministry Formation* 3
New Testament 3
Old Testament 3
Theology OR History 3

*May include CM 600 Spiritual Formation for Ministry, CM 601 Philosophy and Foundation for Ministry; LE 605 Personal and Service Development

Specialty Electives

(9 credit hours)
From one area of study**

Specialty electives 9

**Choose 3 courses from one of the following specialties:
English Bible, Leadership and Management, Marriage and Family Counselling, Theological Studies, Denominational Studies***

***A specialization in Denominational studies: Anglican Studies is offered in partnership with the Diocese of Qu'Appelle in the Anglican Church of Canada. In this concentration, students will gain an overview of the history, spirituality, and worship of the Anglican tradition alongside of formation in Briercrest's core theological and ministry disciplines. The Anglican Studies focus of the Certificate in Denominational Studies may be undertaken on its own or may be integrated in its entirety into most MA or MDiv programs at Briercrest Seminary. While the Certificate aims to contribute to the formation of ministry leaders, students pursuing ordination in an Anglican context are encouraged to approach denominational leadership with their intention.

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Program Coordinator:

Eric Ortlund, PhD

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eortlund.jpgEric, his wife, Erin, and their two children, Kate and Will, moved to Caronport in July 2006. He worked on an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary in Chicago for two years and served as a youth pastor in a local Presbyterian church before sensing God's call to study the Old Testament. His interests focus in Isaiah and the Psalms, but he loves studying and teaching any part of the Hebrew Bible as well as the OT's Ancient Near Eastern environment, the history of interpretation, and the Hebrew language.