Iliff's New Graduate Certificate Program Offers Easy Access to Theological Education

Jun 25, 2009, 05:00 ET from Iliff School of Theology

DENVER, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Denver's Iliff School of Theology (Iliff) now offers five graduate certificates for students interested in learning more about religious or theological subjects.

"Iliff's new Graduate Certificate Program offers those with a bachelor's degree the opportunity to deepen their understanding of religion, social change, justice, world religions, the Bible, or other theological subjects," said David Trickett, president and Henry White Warren Professor of Ethics and Leadership. "Today, many students aren't interested in earning an additional degree, but would like to complement their existing profession, prepare for service in a new arena, or deepen their understanding of themselves - our certificates help them to do that."

The Iliff Graduate Certificate Program offer students the opportunity to obtain a certificate by completing four courses (16 credits) in a specific area of concentration. Courses are available in a variety of formats - online, on-campus, or hybrid. Any credit earned toward a certificate may be applied to an appropriate Iliff degree program. Certificates now available include:

  • Religion and Social Change - providing preparation in non-profit or for-profit organization, volunteers or professionals in churches, campus ministry, social service, social justice agencies, and business, through an understanding of religion in its social context.
  • Biblical Studies - education for those interested in learning more about the Bible, as well as a supplement for religion teachers.
  • United Methodist Studies - preparation for those seeking lay professional ministry certification in the United Methodist Church, seminary graduates in need of additional denominational courses, and for those interested in United Methodist history or doctrine.
  • Anglican Studies - offering a background in the Anglican tradition for lay persons or professionals interested in deepening their understanding of Anglican history, theology, and practice.
  • General Theological Studies - for professionals in a variety of fields interested in adding a theological component to their training or for students interested in personal growth and development.

"Next year, we hope to offer additional areas of studies, including certificates with other educational partners," added Trickett. "We'll determine those certificates as we learn more from the communities we serve."

For registration information or questions, visit or contact Iliff's Admissions Office,, 1-800-678-3360, or 303-765-3117. Learn more about Iliff at

The Iliff School of Theology is a graduate theological school of the United Methodist Church, serving more than 38 different faith traditions. Founded in 1892, the seminary provides several degree programs, including a joint Ph.D. program with the University of Denver.

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