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Certificate of Achievement in Theological Studies

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Bethany Students on couchThe Certificate of Achievement in Theological Studies (CATS) program offers the opportunity to test the waters of seminary education.

CATS involves a minimum of six 3-hour courses with at least one in each of the 4 primary disciplines including:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Ministry Studies
  • Theological and Historical Studies

During the course of study or upon program completion, CATS students may petition for admittance into a degree program. Credits earned as a CATS student are transferable upon admission to a degree program.

Bethany offers the CATS program in two locations: at the Richmond Campus in Indiana and at the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Students may choose either location, but it is expected that they will complete the majority of their class work at their chosen site. CATS students at either location will receive their certificate from Bethany Theological Seminary.

To learn more check out our catalog.

Gainful Employment Information

Monica Rice
Master of Arts

MonicaWhen my vocational calling led me to consider a seminary education, I visited Bethany out of a sense of Brethren obligation. Growing up in a Brethren family and congregation, attending a Brethren college, and then participating in several years of Brethren Volunteer Service, I felt a strong commitment to Brethren institutions. However, I felt ready to experience a different faith community for graduate study. I made plans to attend an urban Chicago seminary, but chose to visit Bethany to know that I had considered it as an option.