The Certificate in Biblical Studies provides students the opportunity to complete 30 hours of foundational courses. Upon completion of the certificate, students may transfer all hours into the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities.
In order to provide training for the large number of persons providing leadership in the churches in the areas of weekday, preschool, and childhood education, the Leadership Certificate in Childhood and Weekday Education has been developed. Persons may attend classes one weekend a month and receive one hour of seminary credit for each class taken. At the completion of 12 classes (12 seminary hours) the person will receive a certificate from Southwestern Seminary. If, at a later date, the person decides to enter the seminary to work on a bachelor's or master’s degree, those 12 hours may fill electives in the total degree plan. Current students may also enroll in the weekend courses.
The purpose of the Leadership Certificate in Women's Ministry program is to equip women as lay leaders and church staff in woman-to-woman ministries in the local church by providing quality training and networking opportunities.
The Leadership Certificate in Women's Ministry can be acquired by completing 12 hours of course credit. This is accomplished by completing four 3-hour courses taught in the seminar format. Each course consists of one week of classroom instruction, taught by Southwestern faculty and other experts in the field of women's ministry, with an assignment due two weeks after each course. Courses are generally offered one week in the spring and one week in the fall. Courses are also offered at the J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies in Houston in weekend formats. It is possible to complete the program in two years. Courses may also be taken for credit in Southwestern's master's programs.