Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies (GCBS)

The Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies (GCBS) is an excellent first step to better understand the Bible. Students will learn about Scripture, how to interact with, unpack and apply biblical history and teachings.

While the theological training you will undergo involves some level of academic rigour, you will be guided along by our lecturers as well as other helpful resources to make your learning journey meaningful and enjoyable.

Graduates of GCBS will be equipped with an introductory knowledge of Scripture and Christian Spirituality, acquire competencies in Biblical Studies and be able to draw insights from these to grow in Christlikeness.

A GCBS is right for you if:

  • You are looking for a foundational programme to deepen your understanding of Scripture
  • You would like to have a taste of theological training
  • You are looking for a structured academic programme with some flexibility

1 year (Full-time); or
2 years (Part-time)

Programme Fees
GCBS Full Programme Fee:
3 Credit Course Fee:  S$450 (Credit) | S$240 (Audit)
1.5 Credit Course Fee:  S$225 (Credit) | S$120 (Audit)

** For CS102 course, as each student shall receive one-on-one mentoring from a Spiritual Director, the fee for this 1.5 Cr course is S$450.

Minimum Qualifications and Admission Pre-requisites

  • Applicants must be minimally Cambridge GCE A-level or polytechnic diploma graduates.
  • Consideration of the personal and spiritual aspects of the applicant.
  • International Students
    • TOEFL Required Scores:
      • Paper-based = 550 points
      • Computer-based = 213 points
      • Internet-based = 78 points
    • English proficiency will be considered for international students
    • IELTS Required Score: 6

Curriculum and Credits – GCBS Programme
Total Credits Needed for GCBS Certification: 12 Credits

Course Code


# Credits

Required Core Courses

Total Credits Needed


Biblical Studies

HE 101

Biblical Hermeneutics and Interpretation


OT 101

Old Testament Foundations 1


NT 101 OR

NT 102

New Testament Foundations 1 OR

New Testament Foundations 2


Christian Spirituality

CS 101*

Christian Spirituality 1


CS 102**

Christian Spirituality 2


* Pre-requisite for CS102 is CS101. CS101 must be taken before or concurrently with CS102.

** For CS102 course, as each student shall receive one-on-one mentoring from a Spiritual Director, the fee for this 1.5 Cr course is S$450.

Graduation Requirements – GCBS Certificate of Completion
To be eligible to graduate with a GCBS, a student must have

  • Submitted a completed Application for Graduation form to the Registrar’s Office by March 31st of the year they wish to graduate in.
  • Satisfactorily completed all requirements (12 Credits) for the programme by April 30th of the year they wish to graduate in.
  • Attained a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.8
  • No outstanding payments to BGST

GCBS Certificate of Participation
Students who desire to only attend the courses without having to worry about assignment submissions for this programme can apply to receive a Certificate of Participation. This would be subject to the student fulfilling a 75% attendance record for each of the courses.

Continuing Onto Other BGST Programmes
Students can choose to take up more than one BGST Certificate programme. Overlapping courses in their selected programmes may be substituted with the courses in the same category.

Upon successful completion of GCBS, students will have completed more than one-third of the requirements for BGST’s Graduate Diploma for Christian Studies (GDCS) programme and about one-third of the requirements for the joint BGST-TTC Diploma in Theological Studies (DipTS) programme.

GCBS credits earned are transferable to BGST’s accredited diploma and master programmes.

Churches may collaborate with BGST to offer these certificate programmes as part of their theological education initiatives.

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