Certificate of Christian Studies
The Certificate of Christian Studies offers students an opportunity to complete a focused course of study or a sampling of master’s-level courses from the School of Intercultural Studies. It is an ideal program for practitioners who would like to take a few courses in the School of Intercultural Studies to supplement their ministries. By enrolling in convenient daytime, evening, or online courses, students pursuing the certificate can gain an introduction to missiological, theological, and biblical basics at the graduate level. Since certificate courses may be applied to master’s-level degree programs, students can utilize their time as certificate students to explore the possibility of a School of Intercultural Studies master’s degree.
Admission requirements for certificate programs are the same as for master’s degree programs.
Students can focus on either a specific curriculum or a sampling of courses to match their personal interests and goals. Courses may include any combination of campus-based classes (on any Fuller campus) and online classes. Directed studies are not available to certificate students. All work must be completed at Fuller; no transfer credit is accepted toward the certificate.
The Certificate of Christian Studies requires the completion of 24 units. Of the 24 units, 16 units are required to be courses from the School of Intercultural Studies.
All work for the certificate must be completed within a seven-year period.
Learning Outcomes. Recipients of Fuller’s Certificate of Christian Studies program in the School of Intercultural Studies are equipped for enhanced ministries as missionaries, church leaders, incarnational disciple in their communities and abroad, and professionals in the marketplace. They are also well-prepared to support others in ministry, both theologically and practically.
- Certificate recipients will gain knowledge of missiological insights in an area of the recipient’s interest and goals.
- Certificate recipients will demonstrate critical thinking and integration skills in missiological and/or theological studies.
- Certificate recipients will gain missiological training to strengthen their ministry skills and for the integration of their personal faith into their daily lives.
Certificate in Islamic Studies
Whether you serve in a ministry, nonprofit, or mission setting among Muslims or simply want to better understand the complexities of Islam, Fuller’s Certificate in Islamic Studies will help you more knowledgeably and skillfully engage Muslims in a dynamic global environment. The Certificate in Islamic Studies allows students to (1) develop an informed understanding to interact thoughtfully and creatively with Islam and Muslims, (2) be equipped to serve effectively among Muslim peoples in local and international ministry contexts, (3) cultivate models of engagement with Muslims that contribute to spiritual and social transformation, and (4) learn from faculty practitioners who bring broad experience with Islam in areas across the globe. All classes are offered online, and occasionally on-campus. For students who wish to later expand their study, courses from the certificate program can be credited toward a master’s degree program in Fuller’s Schools of Theology or Intercultural Studies. All work for the certificate must be completed within a seven-year period.
Curriculum (24 units)
Required Core Courses (8 units)
MR550 Introduction to Islam
MR574 Muslim Peoples: A Sociological Approach
Electives (16 units)
- MR552 History of the Muslim-Christian Encounter
- MR554 Developing Communities in Muslim Contexts
- MR556 Current Trends in Islam
- MR555 Popular Islamic Piety
- MR578 Music, Peacebuilding, and Interfaith Dialogue
- MR557 Women and Family in Islam
- MR569 Biblical Hermeneutics in a Muslim Context
- MR568 Sharia and Human Rights
Certificate in Church Planting
The Certificate in Church Planting provides students with (1) a deeper theological understanding of the issues involved in church planting, (2) a broader perspective and exposure to the resources, models, and strategies available for church planting, and (3) a focus on the spiritual formation of the planter that serves as the center and foundation of their mission and ministry. The six-course program is structured so that students can remain in their church planting ministries while they study. Certificate classes will be taught primarily online by faculty members and practitioners who can provide support and mentorship through the duration of the program. For students who wish to later expand their study, courses from the certificate program can be credited toward a master’s degree program in Fuller’s Schools of Theology or Intercultural Studies. All work for the certificate must be completed within a seven-year period
Curriculum (24 units)
Required Core Courses (12 units)
MB533 Social Analysis and Contextualization in Church Planting
MC525 Starting and Multiplying New Churches
MC538 Evangelism and Church Planting
Electives (12 units)
Biblical Theology Courses (Choose One)
- MT502 The Bible, Hermeneutics, and Christian Mission
- MT503 Theology of Mission
- HT503 Church, Humanity, and the Christian Life in its Theological Reflection
Missional Competencies Courses (Choose One)
- MN540 Urban Church Planting
- PM514 Missional Churches and Leadership
- EV525 Contemporary Culture and Evangelism
Spiritual Formation Courses (Choose One)
- MM568 Self Care in Mission
- IS500 Practices of Vocational Formation
- IS503 Practices of Mission