Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5)

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The Diploma in Christian Studies (with a strand in either Christian Leadership or Theological Studies) is a one year full-time (or part-time equivalent) programme. 

The aim of this programme is to provide Christian churches and their agencies with graduates who have broad understanding of theological principles, biblical foundations, evaluative thinking, and applied ministry leadership skills which enables them to lead in a wide range of Christian and community contexts.

Students can study towards the DipCS on campus in Henderson, Manukau, Christchurch, by Distance Learning or at one of our Partner Colleges. This programme also allows for a range of flexible learning options, including a combination of on campus and Distance Learning courses, as well as part-time study.

Students choose to enrol in either the Christian Leadership strand or the Theological Studies strand.


Christian Leadership Strand (DipCS (CL))

The aim of the Christian Leadership strand is to provide graduates who are able to apply a range of key leadership skills to build, lead, and contribute to teams that fulfill organizational goals within church, mission, and community contexts.

Upon completion graduates will be able to:

  • Evaluate and apply a broad understanding of theology and biblical foundations to defined contexts based on textual interpretation and religious practice.
  • Evaluate a ministry programme based on strategies that integrate personal and community faith journeys, and the social, cultural and other contextual considerations of defined groups.
  • Apply key Christian leadership principles to facilitate team development and accomplish organisational goals in particular areas of responsibility in Christian ministry.

The DipCS (CL) programme is made up of four level 5 courses (15 credits each) and two level 5 internship courses (30 credits each).

Courses

115.515               Biblical Theology

201.515               Introduction to Systematic Theology

401.515               Formation

505.515               Mission, Church and Community

474.530               Leadership Internship I

475.530               Leadership Internship II


Theological Studies Strand (DipCS (TS))

The aim of the Theological Studies strand is to provide graduates who are able to integrate a broad understanding of theology based on scriptural foundations and ministry practices, and apply these to church, mission, and community contexts in ways that are culturally and ethically appropriate.

Upon completion graduates will be able to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Evaluate and apply a broad understanding of theology and biblical foundations to defined contexts based on textual interpretation and religious practice.
  • Evaluate a ministry programme based on strategies that integrate personal and community faith journeys, and the social, cultural and other contextual considerations of defined groups.
  • Integrate core tools of theology, biblical texts and ministry practice, and apply these to the broader community to provide leadership and direction that is culturally and ethically appropriate.

The DipCS (TS) programme is made up of eight level 5 courses (15 credits each).

Courses

115.515               Biblical Theology

120.515               Old Testament: Introduction

140.515               New Testament: Introduction

201.515               Introduction to Systematic Theology

215.515               Beginning Theology

401.515               Formation

505.515               Mission, Church and Community

611.515               Intercultural Studies


Programme Summary

LEVEL 5, 120 credits
DURATION One year full-time, part-time options available
STARTS February (Christian Leadership and Theological Studies strands)
July (Theological Studies strand only)
PLACES Open
CAMPUS Henderson, Manukau, Christchurch, Distance Learning, Partner Colleges
TUITION FEE $6,084 plus Student Services Fee (120 credits)

Career Opportunities


  • Church leadership
  • Chaplaincy
  • Church-based ministries
  • Intercultural ministries
  • Mission support workers
  • Ministry with service agencies
  • Religious education
  • Youth work


Timetables

Click on the relevant campus timetable to find out when the various courses are taking place.

If you would like to discuss your study options or become a “Student for a Day” please contact:

For Henderson and Manukau:
Fiona Sherwin: [email protected] or 09 836 7878

For Christchurch:
Gill Pawson: [email protected] or 03 354 4270

For Distance Learning:
Phil Cope:  [email protected] or 09 836 7815


SEMESTER ONE 2019

SEMESTER ONE INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 17 December 2018
SEMESTER ONE EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 4 January 2019
SEMESTER ONE COUNSELLING AND TEACHING APPLICATIONS CLOSE 25 January 2019
SEMESTER ONE THEOLOGY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 1 February 2019
WAITANGI DAY 6 February 2019
SUMMER SEMESTER 2018-2019 ENDS 15 February 2019
SEMESTER ONE BEGINS 25 February 2019
ORIENTATION 25 February 2019
INTENSIVES WEEK 25 March - 29 March 2019
MID-TERM BREAK 15-26 April 2019
GOOD FRIDAY 19 April 2019
EASTER MONDAY 22 April 2019
ANZAC DAY 25 April 2019
GRADUATION CEREMONY (HENDERSON & MANUKAU) 27 April 2019
SEMESTER TWO 2019 EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31 May 2019
SEMESTER TWO 2019 INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 1 May 2019
QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY 3 June 2019
SEMESTER ONE ENDS 28 June 2019

SEMESTER TWO 2019

SEMESTER TWO INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 1 MAY 2019
SEMESTER TWO EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31 MAY 2019
SEMESTER TWO COUNSELLING AND TEACHING APPLICATIONS CLOSE 21 JUNE 2019
SEMESTER TWO THEOLOGY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 28 JUNE 2019
SEMESTER TWO NON-FORMAL/INTEREST ONLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 15 JULY 2019
SEMESTER TWO BEGINS 22 JULY 2019
ONLINE ORIENTATION BEGINS 22 JULY 2019
ORIENTATION ALL CAMPUSES 22 JULY - 26 JULY 2019
INTENSIVES WEEK 19 AUGUST - 23 AUGUST 2019
SUMMER SEMESTER APPLICATIONS OPEN 16 SEPTEMBER 2019
MID-TERM BREAK 30 SEPTEMBER - 11 OCTOBER 2019
SUMMER SEMESTER EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 18 OCTOBER 2019
LABOUR DAY 28 OCTOBER 2019
DECEMBER GRADUATION APPLICATIONS CLOSE 30 OCTOBER 2019
SEMESTER ONE 2020 INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 1 NOVEMBER 2019
SUMMER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 8 NOVEMBER 2019
CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY (CHRISTCHURCH) 15 NOVEMBER 2019
SEMESTER TWO ENDS 22 NOVEMBER 2019
SUMMER SEMESTER 2019/2020 STARTS 25 NOVEMBER 2019
SUMMER SEMESTER 2019/2020 ENDS 15 FEBRUARY 2020