Diploma in Christian Studies
The Theological Studies strand* provides students with an introduction to biblical studies, theological studies and spiritual formation and prepares them to live out the Gospel of Christ, engaging thoughtfully and compassionately in the world.
The Christian Leadership strand* equips people to evaluate and deliver ministry programmes within
their context, to think deeply about their faith, and to lead a wide range of Christian operations.
Students are equipped with a biblical and theological foundation upon which applied Christian
leadership skills are developed through internship in real life practical 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 who complete the DipCS may staircase into the second year of either the Bachelor of Ministries or the Bachelor of Theology degrees. If this is envisaged then particular consideration must be given to the strand chosen so as to achieve an appropriate foundation for the desired degree.
*subject to NZQA approval
|LEVEL||5, 120 credits|
|DURATION||One year full-time, part-time options available|
|STARTS||February & July (Theological Studies strand only)|
|CAMPUS||Henderson, Manukau, Christchurch, Distance Learning, Partner Colleges|
|TUITION FEE||$6,084 plus Student Services Fee (120 credits)|
- Church leadership
- Church-based ministries
- Intercultural ministries
- Mission support workers
- Ministry with service agencies
- Religious education
- Youth work
On completion of the DipCS, students will have developed the capacity to tell the Biblical story, to read the Scriptures within their wider historical context and to understand a theological framework for life and ministry. They will have begun the process of developing the disciplines necessary both to maintain their own spiritual growth and to serve in leadership capacities within the church and in their communities. By the end of this study programme students will have gained the skills required to apply their knowledge in a range of contexts, including vocations in New Zealand and overseas.
The Diploma in Christian Studies is a one year full-time (or part-time equivalent) programme.
The Theological Studies strand is made up of eight level 5, 15 credit courses.
The Christian Leadership strand is made up of four level 5, 15 credit courses, plus two level 5, 30 credit courses.
SEMESTER TWO 2018
|SEMESTER TWO INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE||21 May 2018|
|SEMESTER TWO EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE||1 June 2018|
|SEMESTER TWO COUNSELLING AND TEACHING APPLICATIONS CLOSE||22 June 2018|
|SEMESTER TWO THEOLOGY APPLICATIONS CLOSE||29 June 2018|
|ONLINE ORIENTATION BEGINS||9 July 2018|
|ORIENTATION (MANUKAU)||10 July 2018|
|ORIENTATION (HENDERSON AND CHRISTCHURCH)||11-12 July 2018|
|LECTURES BEGIN||16 July 2018|
|INTENSIVES WEEK||20-24 August 2018|
|MID-TERM BREAK||1–12 October 2018|
|LABOUR DAY||22 October 2018|
|LECTURES END||29 October 2018|
|STUDY BREAK/EXAMS||30 October – 16 November 2018|
|CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY (CHRISTCHURCH)||16 November 2018|
|SEMESTER TWO ENDS||16 November 2018|
|SUMMER SEMESTER 2018-2019 BEGINS||26 November 2018|
|GRADUATION CEREMONY (CHRISTCHURCH)||14 December 2018|
|SEMESTER ONE 2019 INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE||17 December 2018|
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||18-22 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||31 May 2019|
|QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY||3 June 2019|
|SEMESTER ONE ENDS||28 June 2019|