The Certificate program is offered in three separate tracks: a Certificate in Biblical Studies, a Certificate in Theological Studies, and a Certificate in Ministerial Arts. Each requires completion of ten courses (30 credit hours), split between specified required courses and elective courses chosen by the student in the relevant area of study. For details, please consult the Checklist for each track. Student registration patterns and course rotations typically mean students will need at least two years to complete a Certificate.
Grace Evangelical Seminary - Graduate
Grace Evangelical Seminary seeks to educate and train men and women in advanced study in theology beyond the undergraduate degree. As a graduate degree granting institution, our seminary classes require more significant independent thought and research than undergraduate work. We have three different graduate level degrees.
Master of Arts
The first graduate program is our Master of Arts. An M.A. can be earned in 60 credit hours, and we offer it in two distinct orientations. The M.A.: Theology track is more academic in focus, requiring foundational courses in a variety of disciplines, but allowing the student some flexibility in concentrating on a particular interest or field. The M.A.: Ministry is more pastoral in orientation, requiring a mix of foundational academic courses along with a selection of more practical courses in the arts of ministry.
Master of Divinity Degree
Our second graduate program is a Master of Divinity Degree. The M.Div. requires 84 credit hours to complete. This degree is a professional ministry degree and is required by many denominations for ordination. It includes a broad education in both the scholarly and practical dimensions of pastoral ministry, and the capstone experience of undertaking either a ministry internship or writing a thesis.
Master of Ministry Degree
The third graduate degree is our Master of Ministry Degree. The M.Min. is a professional degree designed for students with substantial undergraduate work in Biblical Studies or Theology and prior ministry experience. It can be earned in 36 credit hours. The focus of this degree is to “upgrade” the knowledge and skill of those already engaged in practical ministry.
Why Grace Evangelical Seminary?
Grace Evangelical Seminary offers its students quality higher education in a faithful Christian context at a price they can afford. In a time of impersonal on-line courses, Grace Evangelical gives students the opportunity to learn face-to-face from biblical and theological scholars and practicing pastors. In a time of ever-increasing student debt, Grace Evangelical keeps tuition costs consistently lower than other colleges and seminaries. Grace Evangelical is adaptive to our students’ needs.
Many of our students have to balance their family and professional responsibilities with their educational efforts, so we work with them individually to develop a course of study that suits their educational and vocational goals. Whether it’s our multiple certificate and degree programs, our 3 hour/once a week class sessions, evening classes, Saturday classes, creating personal directed studies, or meeting in various locations around Maine, we strive to accommodate the needs of our students.
A training ground with rigorous academics. A community of believers from diverse backgrounds. An active participant in the Body of Christ. These are the marks that distinguish Grace Evangelical Seminary from other institutions. Grace Evangelical Seminary looks for students who will enhance our community. We seek students who evidence a growing faith, proven academic ability, ministry experience and moral character. Each application is seriously and prayerfully considered. In doing so, autobiographical essays, recommendations, past ministry experience as well as past academic record are evaluated. We look forward to meeting you, answering your questions and hopefully welcoming you to our community.
Christian Service Requirement
Every degree seeking student attending Grace Evangelical Seminary is required to be actively involved in Christian ministry for a minimum of 15 hours per semester in or through a local church, mission or other on-going Christian endeavor. This requirement may be met by the student’s regular participation with a local church choir, teaching Sunday School, helping to lead Junior Church, serving at a soup kitchen, food pantry or other Christian service work on a regular and consistent basis. This requirement is not an “internship”; rather, it typifies the Christian’s appropriate lifelong involvement in the work of the Church.
Students submit the Christian Service Form to the Administrative Office early each semester and fill out a self-evaluation form at the end of each semester as a way of recording their progress.