Online Undergraduate Certificate in Religious Studies

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Overview of the Online Certificate in Religious Studies

Follow God’s call to strengthen your faith and your ministry foundation.

How do Scripture and theology apply to your life today? How can you use your gifts and talents to expand your ministry to the world? The Undergraduate Certificate in Religious Studies will help you answer those questions, providing you with introductory Bible and theology courses that satisfy your desire to serve in ministry and grow in your understanding of God’s Word. IWU’s program enables you to:

  • Complete your certificate within 7 months
  • More effectively read and understand both the New Testament and Old Testament
  • Develop Bible study skills to gain meaningful insight into God’s plan and purposes

If you want to gain a deeper perspective on theology but aren’t sure how to begin a career in ministry, this certificate will prepare you with the foundational knowledge you need to continue a path toward degree programs such as Christian Ministry, Christian Ministry Leadership, and Biblical Studies. Students completing the Religious Studies certificate can acquire a valuable competitive advantage in positions in the church and other ministry roles.

Not only does completion of this program at a Christian university provide valuable personal spiritual development, but it also can serve as professional development for those in church or para-church ministries and careers.

You’ll Learn To…

  • Build a solid foundation in Biblical and theological studies
  • Explore Scripture in deeper and more meaningful ways
  • Stretch your faith and broaden your base for flourishing in life and ministry
  • Think more systematically about what you believe and why

Career Options

  • Ministry Director
  • Director of Religious Activities and Education
  • Clergy


15 Total
$395/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


This program does NOT qualify for Financial Aid on its own, only when packaged with a degree seeking program.


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

5 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence. 



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • Accepted as a regular degree seeking student or as an unclassified student
  • Unclassified student requires proof of high school graduation

  • Unclassified student requires proof of high school graduation

Completion Requirements
  • 15 credit hours from the selected courses in the specified certificate area
  • Nine of the credits must be earned at IWU for degree seeking students; all credits must be earned at IWU for unclassified students
  • Minimum grade of "C" in each course
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate


The Overview at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

*Effective 07-01-2022 through 06-30-2023