These are the certificate requirements for students who matriculated in the 2017-18 school year. Requirements for other years can be found in their appropriate sections. Iliff offers Graduate Certificates to persons admitted either as degree students or as non-degree students. Graduate Certificates provide non-degree students with interest in focused theological education the chance to work in a particular area. They also provide degree students an opportunity to study in areas outside of their concentration or to demonstrate advanced competency.
Iliff’s Graduate Certificates recognize the successful completion of a set of courses (usually four) totaling 12 to 16 quarter hours in an established concentration within the curriculum. Courses taken either for a letter grade or on a pass/fail basis may be counted toward the Certificate. Iliff Graduate Certificates must be completed within a seven year time frame. Credits completed beyond the seven year deadline will not be counted towards the certificate requirements. Most certificate students complete this program in 1-3 years.
Recognition of Graduate Certificate Holders
On successful completion, the Graduate Certificate is recorded on the student’s transcript and a certificate is mailed to their current legal home permanent address after commencement as evidence of the completion of this program.
The number and foci of available Graduate Certificates available and details of requirements are subject to change. Graduate Certificates are available in the areas noted below:
African American Church Studies–The African American Church Studies certificate supports the curricular and community interests of students in the areas of professional ministry formation and academic research focusing on both traditional and contemporary themes of the Black Church experience in the United States. Typical courses offered have included: Black-Womanist Theology; African American Preaching; Black Church Leadership; God and Tupac; Gender and Sexuality in the African American Church; Black Religious Denver; and African American Religious History.
Anglican Studies–Students take courses from within the Anglican Studies curriculum or related courses from across the curriculum as approved by the Director of Anglican Studies. Degree students in the Anglican Studies track of the MDIV program may not also receive the Graduate Certificate Anglican Studies. The certificate is available within other master’s degrees by taking 16 credits in Anglican Studies courses, and may also include the “English Reformations” or the “Christianity in the British Isles” courses.
Comparative Religious Studies– This certificate enhances students’ core knowledge and understanding of comparative world religions. Students take 16 credits from among the comparative world religions courses offered across the curriculum. Recent courses have included: Intro to Islam; Buddhist Philosophy; Intro to Hinduism; Religions in the World; Asceticism and Monasticism; Islamic Mysticism; Intro to Buddhism.
Leadership and Organizational Management–This certificate enhances students' ability to guide and care for organizations. Students take 16 credit hours within either an organizational leadership track or a parish leadership track. Courses include: Financial Management, Parish Leadership and Congregational Development; Organizational Leadership and Development; Social Justice and Non-Profits: Ethics of Service. In addition, students can also take Authentic Engagement, an Iliff signature course that teaches them – as key leaders – how to engage and empower their workforce.
Military Chaplaincy Ministry–Active duty military chaplains, military chaplain trainees, and Veterans Administration chaplains interested in the graduate certificate in Military Chaplaincy Ministry will be able to take four courses, totaling 16 credits, in the area of spiritual and pastoral care. The courses will present core theory and offer enhanced skills in spiritual care of military service members. Chaplains will have opportunity to present their own care giving activities for consultation and review by faculty and peers.
- Required of all chaplains (three of the following): Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Care (4 credits); Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Pastoral, Psychological and Theological Responses (4 credits); War: Moral and Pastoral Perspectives (4 credits); Moral Stress, Resilience, and Spiritual Integration (4 credits).
- Electives: Clinical Pastoral Education (8 credits; substitutes for Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Care), Spiritual Care in Pluralistic Contexts, Crisis Care in Pastoral Theology, Substance Abuse and Dependence, Self-Care: Theological and Psychological Perspectives, Spiritual Care in a Clinical Setting.
Pastoral and Spiritual Care–The Pastoral and Spiritual Care certificate will present core theory and teach basic skills to offer spiritual care of persons facing difficult circumstances. Students take four courses totaling 12–16 credits in the area of spiritual and pastoral care. Applicants for this certificate must also complete an interview with the area faculty before acceptance into this certificate option. All students will take Pastoral Theology and Care, in addition to a clinically-based course such as: War: Moral and Pastoral Perspectives (4 credits); Moral Stress, Resilience, and Spiritual Integration (4 credits), Pastoral Care and Human Development 4 credits), Pastoral Care of Couples and Families (4 credits), Ministry and Human Sexuality (4 credits), Pastoral Care in Latino/Latina Perspectives (4 credits), Crisis Care and Pastoral Theology (4 credits), Spiritual Care in Pluralistic Contexts (4 credits) , Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Pastoral, Psychological, and Theological Responses (4 credits), or Clinical Pastoral Education (8 credits). Note: Students in the MDIV program cannot receive both the Military Chaplaincy and the Pastoral and Spiritual Care certificate.
Social Justice and Ethics–Students take 16 credits from courses across the curriculum related to the different religious and theological aspects of social justice, ethics, peace studies, and social change. Two, two-credit SJE Praxis courses may be counted as one four-credit course. Recent courses have included: Foundations of Social Justice; Ethical Analysis and Advocacy; The House that Justice Built; Christian Bioethics Debates; Hate Crimes and The Law; Community Organizing; Education and Social Change; Storytelling and Narrative Justice; Ethical Perspectives on Justice and Peace; Care of Creation: Sustainability and Social Ethics; Ethical Perspectives on War and Peace.
United Methodist Studies–Students take five courses: United Methodist History, United Methodist Doctrine, United Methodist Polity for Leadership, United Methodist Mission of the Church in the World, and United Methodist Evangelism Course. When offered, they might add or substitute the General Conference seminar or other relevant courses as approved by the Academic Dean.
Persons seeking Graduate Certificates apply as non-degree students. They must hold appropriately accredited undergraduate degrees and meet all Iliff’s admission standards. Upon admission, the student will complete a Graduate Certificate–Declaration of Intent form (below) where they and an academic advisor outline the courses leading to the certificate. These courses may include Iliff core courses in the area of the certificate and the student must demonstrate the competence to take courses with prerequisites. This plan may be updated. On completion, the graduate certificate and its area of focus is noted on the student’s transcript. Non-degree certificate holders who are subsequently admitted to degree programs receive credit toward the degree for courses they took before matriculation.
Master’s degree students may use graduate certificates to demonstrate advanced competence in the area of the certificate. Degree students complete a Graduate Certificate –Declaration of Intent form (below) with their academic advisor. The declaration of intent must be filed with the Registrar prior to the student’s final quarter of enrollment. Certificates do not replace a degree concentration but are rather an additional recognition of expertise in a specific area of study. Degree students may not count core courses toward the certificate. Degree students who were granted a certificate prior to admission will substitute advanced courses in the certificate area for any core courses previously counted toward the certificate. This requirement will be noted in their admission letter. On completion, the certificate is noted on the student’s transcript.
Degree students may petition the Dean to count up to two transfer courses toward a certificate. Non-degree students must take all their coursework at Iliff to receive a certificate.
More detailed information about Graduate Certificates is available from the Admissions Office at 303-765-3117, firstname.lastname@example.org.