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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.

John Smith
(MDiv Connections)

classMy wife Barbara and I first visited Bethany in June 2009. After spending two days meeting with faculty and staff I returned home even more uncertain. Did I really want to devote the time this program required? Was I willing to learn computer skills that didn't even exist when I finished college in 1972? Was I willing to make the eight-hour drive that would occasionally be necessary? Was this really what God was calling me to do at this time in my life? From the very beginning, I came as I am, but went not as I came. Little did I know how this Bethany tag line would time and time again ring true for my educational experience.