Graduate Certificate in Bible and Theology

Program Overview

The G.C.B.T. program is a 24 credit-hour graduate certificate that will challenge emerging leaders to influence the world from a biblical worldview. This program of study can be completed entirely online within 1 year for full-time students. GCD’s low tuition rates enable graduate students to receive biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

Program Objectives

  • Understand the basic content and themes of the Word of God, to include humanity’s alienation from God and God’s work of redemption in Christ as found in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
  • Understand the ramifications of the Christian gospel for the student’s personal life, to include the importance of biblical leadership in the context of the church and the world.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to lead with integrity grounded in a Judeo-Christian worldview and values system.

Program Outcomes

The G.C.B.T. facilitates academic preparation for:

  • Preaching
  • Teaching
  • Bible-based ministry
  • Further graduate studies
Scroll down to read more about the G.C.B.T. program. Full details can be found in the 2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog.

Graduate Certificate in Bible and Theology

Program Completion Plan

Students in this program will select any eight of the available courses to complete the requirements for a G.C.B.T.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MBIB 501 New Testament Introduction 3
MBIB 502 Old Testament Introduction 3
MBIB 503 Advanced Hermeneutics 3
MBIB 504 Advanced Theology I 3
MBIB 505 Advanced Theology II 3
MBIB 506 Biblical Greek I 3
MBIB 507 Biblical Hebrew I 3
MBIB 601 Historical Biblical Leaders 3
MBIB 602 Biblical Issues for Leadership 3
MBIB 603 New Testament Exegesis 3
MBIB 604 Old Testament Exegesis 3
Total Credit Hours: 24

Graduate Certificate in Christian Counseling

Program Overview

The G.C.C.C. is a 24 credit-hour graduate program that will develop students to research and address the mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual growth needs of people in clinical, academic, organizational, and church or mission settings.

This program does not provide licensure, and it does not provide counseling certifications. This program of study can be completed entirely online within 1 year for full-time students. GCD’s low tuition rates enable graduate students to receive biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

Program Objectives

  • Enable students to evaluate psychological theories by the authority of Scripture, helping them to articulate accurate biblical perspectives empirically validated by the model of human psychology.
  • Enable students to understand the foundations of empirical research and the biological foundations of psychological experience.
  • Help students to foster a spiritual, mental, emotional, and relational view of self growth and others through practical exposure and training in outside agency work.

Program Outcomes

The G.C.C.C. facilitates academic preparation for:

  • Non-clinical biblical counseling in a church context
  • Further graduate studies in counseling or other related fields
Scroll down to read more about the G.C.C.C. program. Full details can be found in the 2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog.

Graduate Certificate in Christian Counseling

Program Completion Plan

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MBIB 602 Biblical Issues for Leadership 3
MCNS 504 Counseling Theory and Practice 3
MCNS 603 Counseling Ethics 3
MCNS 604 Counseling Techniques and Treatment Strategies 3
MCNS 605 Marriage and Family Counseling 3
MCNS 606 Trauma and Crisis Counseling 3
MLEA 601 Case Analyses for Organizational and Church Leadership 3
MLEA 602 Organizational Research and Analysis 3
Total Credit Hours: 24

Graduate Certificate in Christian Leadership

Program Overview

The G.C.C.L. program is a 24 credit-hour graduate certificate that will challenge emerging leaders to influence the world from a biblical worldview. This program of study can be completed entirely online within 1 year for full-time students. GCD’s low tuition rates enable graduate students to receive biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

Program Objectives

  • Confront the student with the Word of God proclaiming humanity’s alienation from God and God’s work of redemption in Christ as found in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, and to explore ramifications of this gospel for the student’s personal life and the work of leadership in the context of the church and the world.
  • Equip the student to lead with integrity grounded in a Judeo-Christian worldview and values system.
  • Give the student an understanding of how to apply Christian and organizational leadership knowledge, theories, and skills within a global context.

Program Outcomes

The G.C.C.L. provides essential training in organizational leadership with a focus on leading in a church or non-profit ministry context.

Scroll down to read more about the G.C.C.L. program. Full details can be found in the 2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog.

Graduate Certificate in Christian Leadership

Program Completion Plan

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MBIB 602 Biblical Issues for Leadership 3
MLEA 501 Organizational Leadership 3
MLEA 502 Christian Leadership Development 3
MLEA 503 Strategic Leadership and Change 3
MLEA 504 Contemporary Leadership Issues 3
MLEA 601 Case Analyses for Organizational and Church Leadership 3
MLEA 602 Organizational Research and Analysis 3
MLEA 603 Global Leadership 3
Total Credit Hours: 24

Graduate Certificate in Ministry

Program Overview

The G.C.M. program is a 24 credit-hour graduate certificate that will challenge emerging leaders to influence the world from a biblical worldview. This program of study can be completed entirely online within 1 year for full-time students. GCD’s low tuition rates enable graduate students to receive biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

Program Objectives

  • Show effective communication skills for global ministry in any context.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the basic content and themes of the Word of God to include humanity’s alienation from God and God’s work of redemption in Christ as found in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
  • Be able to explain the ramifications of the Christian gospel for the student’s personal life, to include the importance of biblical leadership in the context of the church and the world.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to lead with integrity grounded in a Judeo-Christian worldview and values system.

Program Outcomes

The G.C.M. facilitates academic preparation for:

  • Preaching
  • Teaching
  • Bible-based ministry
  • Further graduate studies
Scroll down to read more about the G.C.M. program. Full details can be found in the 2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog.

Graduate Certificate in Ministry

Program Completion Plan

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MBIB 602 Biblical Issues for Leadership 3
MMIN 501 The Intercultural Study of World Religions 3
MMIN 502 Contemporary Issues in Apologetics 3
MMIN 503 History of Church Traditions 3
MMIN 505 Chaplaincy & Pastoral Ministries 3
MMIN 601 Biblical Preaching 3
MMIN 607 Church: Theory & Practice in Contemporary Contexts 3
MMIN 608 Church Development & Expansion 3
Total Credit Hours: 24

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

Program Overview

The M.A.B.S. program is a 36 credit-hour graduate degree that facilitates an advanced understanding of the Old and New Testaments with an emphasis on exegesis using advanced hermeneutics and various exegetical resources. Students will learn fundamentals of biblical Greek and Hebrew as well as advanced skills in biblical research and writing. A master’s thesis (written project) is required at the culmination of this degree.

All courses may be completed online. Several classes may also be available on GCD’s main campus in Fayetteville, NC. This program of study can be completed entirely online within 2 years for full-time students. GCD’s low tuition rates enable graduate students to receive biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

Program Objectives

  • Understand the basic content and themes of the Word of God, to include humanity’s alienation from God and God’s work of redemption in Christ as found in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
  • Understand the ramifications of the Christian gospel for the student’s personal life, to include the importance of biblical leadership in the context of the church and the world.
  • Demonstrate effective biblical exegesis using advanced hermeneutic techniques and exegetical tools such as foundational Hebrew and Greek as well as online & bibliographic resources.
  • Show advanced skills for research that is exegetical, qualitative and/or quantitative for global biblical leadership an any Christian ministry context.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to lead with integrity grounded in a Judeo-Christian worldview and values system.

Program Outcomes

The M.A.B.S. facilitates academic preparation for:

  • Preaching
  • Teaching
  • Bible-based ministry
  • Further graduate studies
Scroll down to read more about the M.A.B.S. program. Full details can be found in the 2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog.

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

Degree Completion Plan

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MBIB 501 New Testament Introduction 3
MBIB 502 Old Testament Introduction 3
MBIB 503 Advanced Hermeneutics 3
MBIB 504 Advanced Theology I 3
MBIB 505 Advanced Theology II 3
MBIB 506 Biblical Greek I 3
MBIB 507 Biblical Hebrew I 3
MBIB 601 Historical Biblical Leaders 3
MBIB 602 Biblical Issues for Leadership 3
MBIB 603 New Testament Exegesis 3
MBIB 604 Old Testament Exegesis 3
MBIB 620 Culminating Project 3
Total Credit Hours: 36

Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

Program Overview

The M.A.C.L. program is a 36 credit-hour graduate degree that will challenge emerging leaders to influence the world from a biblical worldview. This program of study can be completed entirely online within 2 years for full-time students. GCD’s low tuition rates enable graduate students to receive biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

Program Objectives

  • Confront the student with the Word of God proclaiming humanity’s alienation from God and God’s work of redemption in Christ as found in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, and to explore ramifications of this gospel for the student’s personal life and the work of leadership in the context of the church and the world.
  • Equip the student to lead with integrity grounded in a Judeo-Christian worldview and values system.
  • Give the student an understanding of how to apply Christian and organizational leadership knowledge, theories, and skills within a global context.
  • Equip the student for research that is exegetical, qualitative and quantitative for leadership and organizational understanding, analysis and problem solving.

Focus Areas

Each Student Chooses One of the Following:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Worship Leadership
Scroll down to read more about the M.A.C.L. program. Full details can be found in the 2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog.

Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

Degree Completion Plan

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MBIB 501 New Testament Introduction 3
MBIB 502 Old Testament Introduction 3
MBIB 601 Historical Biblical Leaders 3
MBIB 602 Biblical Issues for Leadership 3
MLEA 501 Organizational Leadership 3
MLEA 502 Christian Leadership Development 3
MLEA 503 Strategic Leadership and Change 3
MLEA 504 Contemporary Leadership Issues 3
MLEA 601 Case Analyses for Organizational and Church Leadership 3
MLEA 602 Organizational Research and Analysis 3
MLEA 603 Global Leadership 3
MLEA 604 Culminating Experience for M.A.C.L. 3
Total Credit Hours: 36

Master of Divinity

Program Overview

The 75 credit-hour M.Div. program is a graduate degree that will challenge emerging leaders to influence the world from a biblical worldview. GCD’s M.Div. degree is recognized by all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces for military chaplaincy candidates. This program of study can be completed entirely online within 3 years for full-time students. GCD’s low tuition rates enable graduate students to receive biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

Program Objectives

  • Confront the student with the Word of God proclaiming humanity’s alienation from God and God’s work of redemption in Christ as found in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, and to explore ramifications of this gospel for the student’s personal life and the work of leadership in the context of the church and the world.
  • Equip the student to lead with integrity grounded in a Judeo-Christian worldview and values system.
  • Give the student an understanding of how to apply Christian and organizational leadership knowledge, theories, and skills within a global context.
  • Equip the student for research that is exegetical, qualitative and quantitative for leadership and organizational understanding, analysis and problem solving.

Focus Areas

Each Student Chooses One of the Following:

  • Chaplaincy (Community)
  • Chaplaincy (Military)
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Pastoral Ministry
Scroll down to read more about the M.Div. program. Full details can be found in the 2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog.

Master of Divinity
Degree Completion Plan

(75 credit hours)

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MBIB 501 New Testament Introduction 3
MBIB 502 Old Testament Introduction 3
MBIB 503 Advanced Hermeneutics 3
MBIB 504 Advanced Theology I 3
MBIB 505 Advanced Theology II 3
MBIB 601 Historical Biblical Leaders 3
MBIB 602 Biblical Issues for Leadership 3
MCNS 504 Counseling Theory and Practice 3
MCNS 603 Counseling Ethics 3
MLEA 501 Organizational Leadership 3
MLEA 502 Christian Leadership Development 3
MLEA 503 Strategic Leadership and Change 3
MLEA 504 Contemporary Leadership Issues 3
MLEA 601 Case Analyses for Organizational and Church Leadership 3
MLEA 602 Organizational Research and Analysis 3
MLEA 603 Global Leadership 3
MLEA 604 Culminating Experience for M.A.C.L. 3
MMIN 501 The Intercultural Study of World Religions 3
MMIN 502 Contemporary Issues in Apologetics 3
MMIN 503 History of Church Traditions 3
MMIN 505 Chaplaincy and Pastoral Ministries 3
MMIN 601 Biblical Preaching 3
MMIN 607 Church Theory & Practice 3
MMIN 608 Church Development & Expansion 3
MMIN 612 M.DIV. Final Project 3
Total Credit Hours: 75

Master of Divinity

Program Overview

The 90 credit-hour M.Div. program is a graduate degree that will challenge emerging leaders to influence the world from a biblical worldview. GCD’s M.Div. degree is recognized by all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces for military chaplaincy candidates. This program of study can be completed entirely online within 3 years for full-time students. GCD’s low tuition rates enable graduate students to receive biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

Program Objectives

  • Confront the student with the Word of God proclaiming humanity’s alienation from God and God’s work of redemption in Christ as found in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, and to explore ramifications of this gospel for the student’s personal life and the work of leadership in the context of the church and the world.
  • Equip the student to lead with integrity grounded in a Judeo-Christian worldview and values system.
  • Give the student an understanding of how to apply Christian and organizational leadership knowledge, theories, and skills within a global context.
  • Equip the student for research that is exegetical, qualitative and quantitative for leadership and organizational understanding, analysis and problem solving.

Focus Areas

Each Student Chooses One of the Following:

  • Chaplaincy (Community)
  • Chaplaincy (Military)
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Pastoral Ministry
Scroll down to read more about the M.Div. program. Full details can be found in the 2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog.

Master of Divinity
Degree Completion Plan

(90 credit hours)

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MBIB 501 New Testament Introduction 3
MBIB 502 Old Testament Introduction 3
MBIB 503 Advanced Hermeneutics 3
MBIB 504 Advanced Theology I 3
MBIB 505 Advanced Theology II 3
MBIB 601 Historical Biblical Leaders 3
MBIB 602 Biblical Issues for Leadership 3
MCNS 504 Counseling Theory and Practice 3
MCNS 603 Counseling Ethics 3
MCNS 604 Counseling Techniques and Treatment Strategies 3
MCNS 605 Marriage and Family Counseling 3
MCNS 606 Trauma and Crisis Counseling 3
MLEA 501 Organizational Leadership 3
MLEA 502 Christian Leadership Development 3
MLEA 503 Strategic Leadership and Change 3
MLEA 504 Contemporary Leadership Issues 3
MLEA 601 Case Analyses for Organizational and Church Leadership 3
MLEA 602 Organizational Research and Analysis 3
MLEA 603 Global Leadership 3
MLEA 604 Culminating Experience for M.A.C.L. 3
MMIN 501 The Intercultural Study of World Religions 3
MMIN 502 Contemporary Issues in Apologetics 3
MMIN 503 History of Church Traditions 3
MMIN 505 Chaplaincy and Pastoral Ministries 3
MMIN 601 Biblical Preaching 3
MMIN 607 Church Theory & Practice 3
MMIN 608 Church Development & Expansion 3
MMIN 610 Practicum I 3
MMIN 611 Practicum II 3
MMIN 612 M.DIV. Final Project 3
Total Credit Hours: 90
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