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 $6,204 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 2020

S1 2020 International Applications Close 1 November 2019
S1 2020 International Scholarship Applications Close 1 November 2019
Domestic S1 Early Applications Close 3 January 2020
Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) Close* 5 January 2020 (*Note: If your application and all required documentation is submitted by this date we will inform you of the outcome of your application in time to start your studies)
Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) Classes Begin 20 January 2020
Counselling, BEd, DipCEd Applications Close 24 January 2020
Auckland Anniversary 27 January 2020
BTeach Year 3 Begins 28 January 2020
Theology Applications Close 31 January 2020
Waitangi Day 6 February 2020
S1 2020 Late Applications Close 14 February 2020
Non-Formal/Interest Only S1 2020 Applications Close 14 February 2020
Semester One Begins 24 February 2020
Online Orientation Begins 24 February 2020
Orientation week All campuses 24-28 February 2020
April Graduation Applications Close 28 February 2020
S2 2019 Supplementary Exams 28 February 2020
Course Add/Delete End Date 6 March 2020
Programme Withdrawal End Date 13 March 2020
Semester 2 Applications Open 16 March 2020
Intensives Week 23-27 March 2020
BTeach Camp 26 March & 27 March 2020
Auckland Graduation Ceremony 4 April 2020
Good Friday 10 April 2020
Easter Monday 13 April 2020
Mid-Term Break 10-27 April 2020
ANZAC Day Observed 27 April 2020
S2 International Applications Close 1 May 2020
Returning Students S2 Course Selections Open 18 May 2020
S2 Early Applications Close 29 May 2020
Queen’s Birthday 1 June 2020
S1 Course Evaluations Open 8 June 2020
S2 Counselling & Teaching Applications Close 19 June 2020
Semester One Ends 26 June 2020
S2 Theology Applications Close 26 June 2020
S1 Supplementary Exams 24 July 2020
Mid-Year Break 29 June – 17 July

SEMESTER TWO 2020

S2 2020 International Applications Close 1 May 2020
Returning Students Course Selections Open 18 May 2020
S2 2020 Early Applications Close 29 May 2020
Queen’s Birthday 1 June 2020
S2 2020 Counselling & Teaching Applications Close 19 June 2020
S2 2020 Theology Applications Close 26 June 2020
Mid-Year Break 29 June to 17 July 2020
S1 2020 Course Evaluations Close 3 July 2020
S2 2020 Non-Formal/Interest Only Applications Close 10 July 2020
S2 2020 Late Applications Close 10 July 2020
Semester Two Begins 20 July 2020
Online Orientation Begins 20 July 2020
Orientation All Campuses 20-24 July 2020
S1 2020 Supplementary Exams 24 July 2020
S2 2020 Course Add/Delete End Date 31 July 2020
S2 2020 Programme Withdrawal End Date 7 August 2020
Summer Semester 2020/2021 Applications Open 10 August 2020
S1 2021 Applications Open 10 August 2020
Intensives Week 17-21 August 2020
Mid-Term Break 28 September to 09 October 2020
Returning Students Course Selections for 2021 12 October 2020
Summer Semester Early Applications Close 16 October 2020
Labour Day 26 October 2020
December Graduation Applications Close 30 October 2020
S1 2021 International Applications Close 1 November 2020
S2 2020 Course Evaluations Open 2 November 2020
Summer School Applications Close 6 November 2020
Canterbury Anniversary (Christchurch) 13 November 2020
Semester Two Ends 20 November 2020
2020/2021 Summer Semester Begins 23 November 2020
2020 Programme Evaluations Open 7 December 2020
Christchurch Graduation Ceremony 11 December 2020
Christmas Break Laidlaw Closed 21 December 2020 to 04 January 2021