Certificates

Master of Theological Studies Certificates

Candler offers the following certificates in conjunction with a Candler degree. Non-degree and special students are not eligible to participate in Candler certificate programs. Certificate Enrollment Form

Black Church Studies

Candler students who desire to expand their knowledge of the black church may earn a certificate in black church studies in conjunction with the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree program. The Black Church Studies (BCS) certification process provides an opportunity to develop theoretical and practical knowledge about black religion and black church studies.

Students enrolled in the Black Church Studies Certificate are required to complete the following:

  • BCS504: Black Church Studies Retreat (no credit) at least once
  • BCS505: Black Church Studies Portfolio (no credit)
  • BCS501: Introduction to Black Church Studies (3 hours)
  • Contextual Education II, in an approved ecclesial setting (4 hours) or other contextual experience taken for credit
  • BCS500: Black Church Studies Reflection Seminar (no credit, must register both fall and spring semesters of Con Ed II)
  • BCS502: Black Church Studies Colloquy, in the final semester (1 hour, graded S/U)
  • Nine additional hours in approved BCS course work, from the following list:
    • BCS500: Black Church Studies Reflection Seminar
    • BCS501: Introduction to Black Church Studies
    • BCS502: Black Church Studies Colloquy
    • BCS504: Black Church Studies Retreat
    • BI617: African American Biblical Interpretation
    • CC617000: Memory, Culture, and Redemption OPUS class # 9541 (cross listed with SR617)   
    • CC519: Nonviolent Strategies of Social Change
    • CH661: The Black Church
    • CM620: Music and Worship in the Black Church
    • DS551: Polity of the AME Church
    • ES560: Principles and Practices of Moral Leadership (cross listed with LA560)
    • ES625: Sexuality in the Black Church
    • ES628: The Civil Rights and the Black Consciousness Movement
    • ES629: Religious and Ethical Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement
    • ES660: Moral Perspectives in the Black Church
    • HC633000: African American Religion & Culture OPUS class #9567 (cross listed with SR633)
    • P631: Contemporary Black Preaching
    • P642: Women and Preaching
    • PC501CE001: Contextualized education to Pastoral Care OPUS Class #8889
    • PC501CE002: Contextualized education to Pastoral Care (OPUS # 8890)
    • PC628: AUG Caring for Marginalized Populations OPUS class #8725
    • PC650CEE00P: Con Ed; International Perspective on Pastoral Care (teaching two sections 000 & 00P…OPUS course #8832)
    • LA560: Principles and Practices of Moral Leadership(cross listed with ES560)
    • LA612: Leadership and Administration in Black Church Traditions
    • SR617000: Memory, Culture, and Redemption OPUS class #9534 (Cross listed with CC617)
    • SR621: Howard Thurman: Spirituality and Community
    • SR624: Nonviolent Strategies of Social Change
    • SR632: The Black Church as Social Institution
    • SR633000: African American Religion and Culture OPUS class #9566 (Cross listed with HC633)
    • SR698: Issues in Sociology of Religion: African American Moral Thought
    • SR698: Issues in Sociology of Religion: Theoretical Issues in the Study of Black Religion
    • ST620: Black Theology and Ethics
    • ST636: Contemporary African Christian Theology
    • ST653: Christology in Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Theologies
    • ST660: Black Religion and Culture
    • WR698: Studies in World Religions: Rastafari Religion
A number of other Candler courses offer modules that examine traditions in black religion. Candler students also may take courses in African American Studies or in other areas throughout the University.

How to Enroll

Students interested in earning a Certificate in Black Church Studies must first be accepted and registered for classes in Candler's Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree program. Once registered for classes, complete the Certificate Enrollment Form and return it to the Candler Registrar.

For additional information, email the Rev. Dr. Darryl Trimiew, Interim Director of Black Church Studies.

Learn more about the Black Church Studies program.


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Faith and Health

The Certificate in Faith and Health provides an opportunity for the interdisciplinary study of health and health promotion practices as they intersect with various religious or spiritual traditions and practices. Through the integration of perspectives from a variety of disciplines in the health and social sciences, particularly those in nursing, public health, theology and religion, students will develop theories and practices in which the personal, communal and social dimensions of health intersect. This interdisciplinary perspective will provide students with resources to analyze the way in which faith, understood as constituted by a set of religious and/or spiritual beliefs and practices, may contribute to the promotion or inhibition of health of persons and communities from various religious traditions.

Students in the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) programs wishing to complete the certificate must meet the following academic requirements:

  • One of the following courses: CC/SR650: Faith and Health: Transforming Communities (3 hours), or SR658: Health and Healing: Understanding the Role of Religion (3 hours)
  • FH503: Faith and Health Integrative Paper (1 hour)
  • Nine additional hours of Faith and Health approved electives. Students are encouraged to take at least two elective courses either cross-listed outside of Candler or outside of Candler.

For further information, please refer to the Religion and Public Health Collaborative website, or email the Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Lartey, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling and the certificate coordinator.


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Human Rights

The Emory Graduate Certificate in Human Rights is an integrated, innovative and cooperative approach to human rights scholarship and training. The certificate combines the teaching and research strength of Emory University with the applied programs of Emory's professional partners, including CARE USA, The Carter Center, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention among others. The certificate is available to students in all of Emory's professional schools, pending approval by each school, and is awarded by each professional school.

The Human Rights Certificate is overseen by the Executive Director of the Emory Institute for Human Rights, Dabney Evans, a faculty member at the Rollins School of Public Health. The certificate is available to students in all of Candler's degree-seeking programs and only awarded in conjunction with a Candler degree.

Students are required to complete 3 courses and a practicum or final paper. The director approves the available courses and the practicum, and confirms that requirements have been met.

For additional information, refer to the Emory Graduate Certificate in Human Rights website, or email Dabney Evans, Director.


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Religious Education Ministries

The Certificate Program in Religious Education Ministries prepares persons for ministries related to teaching and learning in faith communities, schools, and the wider society. It is designed for Candler MDiv and MTS students who see some aspect of Christian religious education as central to their vocational identity, whether that be in ministry with youth, college students, and young adults; in popular education initiatives in their communities; in academic settings; or in congregations.

Most requirements for the certificate may be met within a student’s program of study, adding minimal additional burdens to a student’s schedule. Requirements include:

  • Eight hours of professional development through workshops, conferences, and retreats reported to the director of the Religious Education Program. (RExxx. 0 credit hours)
  • Design of a curriculum or other educational event, submitted as an assignment in an elective course and forwarded to the director of the Religious Education Program. This requirement is most easily met with work produced for religious education electives (not RE501) or contextual education electives (CEEs).
  • 15–18 credit hours, allocated as follows:
    1. RE501. Religious Education as Formation and Transformation (3 credit hours);
    2. Contextualized educational ministry experience: For MDiv students, Contextual Education II meets this requirement; for MTS students, an internship (placement approved by the director of the Religious Education Program) of at least three credit hours meets this requirement. This placement may include serving on the staff of the Youth Theological Initiative. (Six hours for MDiv students enrolled in Contextual Education II; minimum of three hours for MTS students enrolled in internships).
    3. 9 credit hours in electives, including at least six hours of religious education (RE) electives and an additional three hours in a religious education elective or other elective from the following preapproved list (Other electives may be approved on a case-by-case basis by the program director.):
      • HC609. Early Monastic Thought and Practice
      • HC633. African American Religion and Culture
      • ST631. Christian Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Renewal
      • ES/RP649. Psychology of Moral Development and Education
      • ES671/672. Skills in Conflict Transformation
      • RP648. Readings in Psychology of Religion
      • RP655. Erik Erikson: The Life Cycle and Ministry
      • SR/CC515. Methods of Congregational and Social Analysis
      • SR/CC617. Redeeming Memories: Cultural Memory, Christian Witness, and Social Genocide
      • SR621. Howard Thurman: Spirituality and Community
      • SR/CC622. Ethnographic Research for Ministry in Congregations and Local Communities
      • CC501. Church and Community Ministries
      • CC619/SR620. Nonviolent Strategies for Social Change
      • PC628. Care for Marginalized Populations
      • PC630. Pastoral Care with Adolescents
      • PC640. Pastoral Care of Women: International Perspectives
      • PC655. Care of Souls, Care of World
      • PC660. Reading Lives
      • LA501. Introduction to Religious Leadership and Administration
      • LA503. Leading the Congregation
      • LA505. Leading the Small Membership Church
      • LA/CC645. Nonprofit Leadership and Management
      • PT515/RE540. The Art and Practice of Christian Prayer
      • PT530/RE530. Bibliodrama
      • PT600. Creative Writing as Theological and Spiritual Practice
      • PT615. Good Food
      • PT634. Preaching with Children and Youth

How to Enroll

To participate in the program, interested students must submit an Application for Certificate Enrollment with the Candler Registrar.

For additional information, email Dr. Elizabeth Corrie, Director of the Religious Education Program, or call 404.727.2917.

Learn more about the Religious Education program.


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Women's Studies in Theology and Ministry

MDiv and MTS students who desire to focus attention on women in theology and ministry may enroll in Candler’s Women’s Studies in Theology and Ministry (WTM) Certificate Program. This program integrates required and elective work and seeks to (1) create an intellectual and supportive community focused explicitly on women in theology and ministry; (2) explore critical issues and enlarge perspectives on women and religion; and (3) nurture students’ professional identities and assist vocational discernment. Students in the MDiv and MTS degree programs may enroll in the WTM Certificate Program. A total of 13 hours is required, including:

  • WTM502. Special Topics in Women, Theology and Ministry (3 hours) or PT503. Vocational Discernment for a Sustained Life in Ministry (3 hours)
  • WTM505. WTM Integrative Project (1 hour taken after the completion of 12 hours of coursework.)
  • WTM500. Professional Development. Met either through participation in an Academic Conference (5 hours) or the WTM Mentoring program (5 hours.) {No credit hours given for either requirement}
  • WTM501. Women’s Forum. Attendance at the WTM Forum once during the student’s academic program
  • Nine hours of elective credit from the approved list of electives:
    • OT670: Bible and Care of the Earth
    • NT639: Sexuality in the Bible
    • ST607: Doctrine of God - Women's Voices Past and Present
    • S653: Christology in Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Theologies
    • ST660: Womanist Theology
    • ST683: Theological Anthropology in Womanist Thought
    • ST687: Womanist Theology and Narrative Identity
    • ES621: Christian Sexual Ethics
    • ES624: Feminist and Womanist Ethics
    • ES625: Sexuality in the Black Church
    • ES632: Pastoral Ethics
    • ES663: Religion, Violence and Peacebuiliding
    • SR613: Gender in US Religion
    • PC640: Pastoral Care of Women
    • P620: Prophetic Voices for a New Century
    • P642: Women and Preaching
    • RE501: Religious Education as Formation and Transformation
    • LA613: Women in Religious Leadership and Administration

Check the current course schedule for courses are offered in a particular semester. Students may petition the WTM Director for approval of additional courses meeting the following criteria:  (1) The topic of study is relevant to the mission of the WTM program and/or the primary perspective of the course is informed by Feminist/ Womanist theory or theology (broadly defined); (2) A majority of the assigned readings present feminist/Womanist perspectives and/or deal with issues related to women, theology, and ministry; (3) A major project on women and religion, or feminist/womanist perspectives on theology or practices of ministry is completed for the course.

How to Enroll

To participate, interested students must submit an Application for Certificate Enrollment Form to the Candler Registrar.

For additional information, email the Rev. Dr. Ellen Shepard, Director of the Women, Theology, and Ministry Program. 

Learn more about the Women, Theology, and Ministry Program.


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