A PRTS certificate is composed of eighteen credits, admission is not contingent on a previously earned degree, and it can be earned in its entirety via our online distance learning program.
Certificate in Systematic Theology
For the Certificate in Systematic Theology, students must select fifteen credits from the courses listed to the right. Students must take Soteriology and complete a final project (three credits). The final project for this certificate is a catechism, and is expected to meet the following standards:
- Minimum of 200 questions and answers;
- No answer should be longer than two sentences;
- Assume an audience of teen-age young people;
- The catechism should address all six of the traditional Reformed loci;
- When writing this catechism, the student should make clarity a top priority;
- Make every effort to write with simplicity and precision; If a concept is difficult, take two or three questions to clarify and explain it;
- Do not simply repeat the words of Scripture in your answers.
Systematic Theology Courses
To complete the Systematic Theology certificate, 15 credits must be taken from the following courses:
- Prolegomena (two credits)
- Theology Proper (two credits)
- Anthropology (two credits)
- Christology (two credits)
- Soteriology (three credits) – required course
- Ecclessiology (two credits)
- Eschatology (two credits)
- Reformed Covenant Theology (two credits)
A final project (three credits) must also be completed in consultation with a faculty member (see description to the left).
Students not interested in pursuing a traditional degree should consider one of our certificate programs.
Certificate in Historical Theology
For the Certificate in Historical Theology, students must complete all fifteen credits from the courses listed on the right, as well as the final (3 credit) project. Tuition costs are based on a per credit rate. Students should also be aware of PRTS’s distance learning policies, including the drop/add policy.
Historical Theology Courses
To complete the Historical Theology certificate, the student must take the following courses:
- Research Methodology (one credit) – on campus only
- Ancient Church History (three credits)
- Medieval Church History (three credits)
- Reformation Church History (three credits)
- Modern Church History (three credits)
- Puritan Theology (two credits)
A final project (three credits) must also be completed in consultation with a faculty member.