The Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies is a one-year non-degree program of study which aims is to provide a basic introduction to theological studies. This program is intended for students who have no plans to pursue a career in theological reflection, education or writing but who desire personal enrichment and training in the art and skill of theological reflection for use in their personal ministry. Those who complete the program will be able to:
- exegete the Bible according to sound hermeneutical principles, aided by the insight of Christian tradition, and in accordance with the highest standards of academic scholarship.
- do local theology by applying one’s own exegesis of the Bible to one’s own historical context in such a way that holistic transformation is effected within one’s own social, political, and cultural spheres of influence.
- consistently model the disciplined and practical exercise of an internally formed biblical holiness.
All who take the Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies program are required to complete 33 credit units, which include 27 credit units of core, focus, and elective courses, as well as the two prerequisite courses, Writing Academic Papers and Intro to the Bible, which are 3 non-credit units each. These prerequisite courses, however, may be validated
Introduction to the Bible (pass or fail)
Writing Academic Papers (pass or fail)
Hermeneutics and Theological Reflection (HTR) (Must be taken during student's 1st year of registration)
Spiritual Formation & Professional Growth (Must be taken during student's 1st year of registration)
Theology 1 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Doing Local Theology (Prerequisite: Theology 1 & Research Methods & Statistics 1)
Research Methods and Statistics 1
Theology 2 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Theology 3 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Transformation Theology (Prerequisite: Theology 1)
(Prerequisite: Doing Local Theology)