The Certificate in Baptist Studies can be earned within the residential M.Div. degree and is designed to serve the academic and formational requirements of those preparing for ministry—ordained and lay—in the Baptist tradition.

Students who declare their interest in the certificate are assigned a Baptist advisor. To receive the certificate, they must complete courses in Baptist Studies, and they have the opportunity to participate in a spiritual formation group that focuses on Baptist identity and formation.


The requirements for the certificate are:

  • Completion of two courses in Baptist studies (Christian Theology 760 “The Free Church” and Christian Theology 761 “Free Church Theology”) and a third component that may include a third course (either a special topic course in Free Church Studies or another elective approved by the director of the Baptist House) or participation in a 2nd or 3rd year spiritual formation group on topics of Baptist identity and formation
  • Satisfactory fulfillment of the review of the student portfolio with a Baptist faculty member
  • It is also preferable that at least one field education placement be in a Baptist setting.

Approved electives:

  • BCS 760 (Theology in the Black Church Traditions)
  • BCS 763 (The Life and Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr.)
  • BCS 766 (Deep River: Howard Thurman, Spirituality, and the Prophetic Life)
  • LTS 730 (Introduction to Christian Worship)
  • HISTHEO 951/XTIANTHE 951 (Roger Williams: Life and Thought)
  • WXTIAN 820 (History and Theology of Integral Mission)

Forms and information for current students »

For more information, contact:
Curtis Freeman
Research Professor of Theology and Baptist Studies
Director, Baptist House of Studies
(919) 660-3401