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 $2,985 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: theology@laidlaw.ac.nz or 09 837 9769

For Christchurch:
Gill Pawson: chch@laidlaw.ac.nz or 03 354 4270


IMPORTANT DATES

SEMESTER ONE 2018

SEMESTER ONE EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 8 December 2017
SEMESTER ONE INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 18 December 2017
SEMESTER ONE COUNSELLING AND TEACHING APPLICATIONS CLOSE 28 January 2018
SEMESTER ONE THEOLOGY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 2 February 2018
ONLINE ORIENTATION BEGINS 12 February 2018
ORIENTATION (MANUKAU) 13 February 2018
ORIENTATION (HENDERSON AND CHRISTCHURCH) 14-15 February 2018
LECTURES BEGIN 19 February 2018
INTENSIVES WEEK 19-23 March 2018
GRADUATION CEREMONY (CHRISTCHURCH) 23 March 2018
GOOD FRIDAY 30 March 2018
EASTER MONDAY 2 April 2018
EASTER TUESDAY 3 April 2018
MID-TERM BREAK 16-27 April 2018
ANZAC DAY 25 April 2018
GRADUATION CEREMONY (AUCKLAND) 28 April 2018
QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY 4 June 2018
LECTURES END 8 June 2018
STUDY BREAK/EXAMS 11-22 June 2018
SEMESTER ONE ENDS 22 June 2018

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