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Earn the Greystone Certificate

PURPOSE

The six-course and thesis Certificate (in Christian Dogmatics, Christian Tradition, or Holy Scripture) is a rigorous program designed for ministers and theological students who desire to gain specialist knowledge of the Christian Scriptures, theology, and history from the perspective of confessional Reformed catholicity. The Certificate is complementary to traditional seminary training for ministry and scholarship, and well suited for a range of students seeking continuing education, training for further research, or refreshment in theological study. Particularly with its focus on training for further work in biblical, theological, and ethical studies, the Certificate functions in manner analogous to a Master of Theology (Th.M. or M.Th.) program in American and international institutions. The goal of the program is to foster and stimulate constructive theological thinking and multidisciplinary collaboration.

Greystone offers fully (ATS) accredited ThM and PhD programs through strategic, groundbreaking partnerships. Greystone’s three postgraduate program concentrations are Christian Dogmatics (including ethics and apologetics), Holy Scripture, and Christian Tradition. The ThM program consists of course modules plus either a research thesis project or two additional capstone modules. Language requirements vary by program, but Latin is strongly recommended and ordinarily expected for completion of all programs. (See Greystone Latin with the Davenant Latin Institute.)

However, not all candidates for The Greystone Program require an accredited degree. Many students, clergy, and other thoughtful Christians are not planning on further postgraduate work or intending to apply for an academic post. In situations like these an accredited degree may prove too expensive. We know this, and we are delighted to offer a Certificate for those who successfully complete our full Program outside of our accredited degree program partnerships. For the full Greystone Program in its unaccredited and fully independent form, which requires the same rigor and includes the same mentorship but enjoys a lower tuition rate and no modules outside of Greystone, consider The Greystone Program Certificate. (For the accredited Greystone Program ThM & PhD partnership, visit this page.)

It is not necessary to enroll in a Certificate program in order to take a Greystone course. To register for any course, visit the Greystone website or contact the Administration at info@greystoneinsititute.org. To apply for the Greystone Certificate Program, review the following details and click on the button below.

The Greystone Program for The Greystone Certificate

Program Features

Greystone course modules are offered across the range of biblical, theological, and historical studies, and taught by the Greystone Fellows and visiting lecturers. Students enjoy access to the physical and electronic library resources at Greystone as well as the library resources of our institutional partners.

Greystone consciously endeavors to blend rigorous study with times of fellowship, hospitality, and prayer, and are thus designed principally for residential study. However, all modules are also available for online students and for auditors at Greystone Connect.

Certificate courses are also regularly offered in connection with Greystone’s moral theology initiative, the Center for the Study of Ethics and Technology (CSET), and with Greystone’s Lydia Center for Women and Families.

The following program structure describes the fulfillment of The Greystone Program for the Greystone Certificate.

The Greystone Program consists of the following features

Six (6) Greystone Modules

1 “Reformed Catholicity” module

3 Concentration modules (Holy Scripture, Christian Tradition, or Christian Dogmatics)

2 Elective modules (from any concentration)

Research Methods: Greystone “Tools & Instruments” Module (pass/fail only)

Minimum GPA of 3.0 to be maintained throughout the program

LANGUAGES

Reading facility in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin are recommended for all concentrations.

Greystone reading proficiency exams in Latin and either biblical Hebrew or biblical Greek are required for graduation in the Christian Tradition and Christian Dogmatics concentrations. In the place of Latin, students may petition for an examination in Syriac, Patristic Greek, German, or French, ordinarily due to a determined and clear course of research in the relevant primary language.

The language proficiency exams may be taken at any time in the program.

MENTORSHIP

Regular Greystone Research Mentorship is a distinctive of Greystone’s approach to pedagogy and research training, and is essential to the Program. In addition to pastoral and academic support from the Director of Research, students will be paired up with a Greystone Fellow or Associate Fellow for mentorship throughout their time in the Program.

SEMINARS

Attendance at Monthly Greystone Postgraduate Seminars (on-site attendance recommended; online attendance permitted). Participation is recommended for Certificate students.

RESEARCH PROJECT

One substantial, examined, high quality item of research output, comparable to a large module paper or a small ThM/MTh thesis, is required for satisfactory completion of the Program. It is not unusual for a student to be required to submit a second, revised version for satisfactory completion of the Program.

EXAMINATION

One two-hour comprehensive examination in the concentration discipline, ordinarily conducted as an oral exam but occasionally including a written portion, depending upon the nature of the Research Project.

Completion of program within six years of matriculation

Full-time students in Coraopolis/Pittsburgh are ordinarily able to complete the Program within two years, taking approximately one year to complete the modular coursework followed by focused thesis research. Part-time students, including all students in Greystone’s other Learning Communities, may take up to six years to complete the Program.


Cost

Tuition is $1074 per module ($99 per course for auditors). Application, distance study, and mentorship fees also apply. Students are encouraged to inquire with local and regional church bodies for possible scholarship or tuition assistance.

Until further notice, travel and food costs will be the responsibility of the student. Requests for lodging should be submitted via info@greystoneinstitute.org for information on hospitality options.