Graduate Certificate in Theology

Button for easy access to information about this qualificationThe Graduate Certificate in Theology (GradCertTh)* are designed for those who already have an undergraduate qualification and brings vocational expertise and life experience into dialogue with critical reflection on the Christian faith. Students studying these programmes will deepen their theological understanding and discover connections between theology and the wider world, the church and missions contexts.

Students can study towards the GradCertTh on campus in Henderson and Christchurch or by Distance Learning. A selection of GradCertTh courses are available on-site at the Manukau campus; check the timetable. 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.

Click here for information about admissions requirements for the GradCertTh.

*subject to NZQA approval


The GradCertTh caters for:

  • Graduates with a non-theological degree who wish to study towards a theological qualification with special emphasis on areas of personal interest;
  • Graduates with qualifications in theology who wish to deepen their understanding of, and competence in, specific areas of ministry or theological study;
  • Those who, although without a degree qualification, have a proven background in experience and academic study deemed to be equivalent to a degree;
  • Those who have completed 60 credits of a GradDipTh and choose not to continue on;
  • Those who have completed a degree in a non-theological area but who wish to bridge into postgraduate programmes in theology, such as the Masters level MTh.

Programme Summary

LEVEL 7, 60 credits
DURATION One year full-time, part-time options available
STARTS February & July
PLACES Open
CAMPUS Henderson, Christchurch, Distance Learning, some courses available at Manukau
TUITION FEE $3,102 plus Student Services Fee (120 credits)

Career Opportunities


  • Church leadership
  • Associate Pastor
  • Christian Writing
  • Intercultural ministries
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Para-church Work


Objectives

The GradCertTh is designed to:

  • Extend a student’s understanding and skills in theology through academic instruction
  • Establish a firm base for further study at postgraduate level.
  • Develop the student’s ability to access and utilise a body of knowledge in application to ministries-related situations
  • Facilitate rigorous analysis and independent thinking, together with sound communication skills

Programme Requirements

The GradCertTh is a half year full-time (or part-time equivalent) programme. It is made up of four level 6 and 7 courses of 15 credits each. For students in the GradCertTh programme, course pre-requisite and corequisite regulations may be waived./p>


For the Indigenous Theology track 45 credits may be taken from Indigenous Studies. Individual programmes of study will need approval from the Head of School or representative.


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:
Sue Davidson: [email protected] or 09 837 9769

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


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
Counselling & Teaching 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