Graduate Diploma in Theology

Button for easy access to information about this qualificationThe Graduate Diploma in Theology (GradDipTh) is 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. Completion of the GradDipTh provides a potential springboard into postgraduate study. Graduates from these programmes have returned to their vocations, engaged in missions or community development work in local and global contexts, trained as teachers or moved into church leadership.

Students can study towards the GradDipTh on campus in Henderson and Christchurch or by Distance Learning. A selection of GradDipTh 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 GradDipTh.

The GradDipTh caters for:

  • Graduates with a non-theological degree who wish to study for 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 a degree in a non-theological area but who wish to bridge into postgraduate programmes in theology, such as the Master of Theology offered by the Laidlaw Graduate School.

Programme Summary

LEVEL 7, 120 credits
DURATION One year full-time, part-time options available
STARTS February & July
CAMPUS Henderson, Christchurch, Distance Learning, some courses available at Manukau
TUITION FEE $6,204 plus Student Services Fee (120 credits)

Career Opportunities

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


The GradDipTh 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 GradDipTh is a one year full-time (or part-time equivalent) programme. It is made up of eight level 5, 6 and 7 courses of 15 credits each. For students in the GradDipTh programme, course pre-requisite and co-requisite regulations may be waived.


Elective courses are selected from the BMin and BTheol course schedule. 

Indigenous Theology Track

Drawing upon multidisciplinary quality teaching, learning and research, Laidlaw’s Indigenous Theology track draws students into an exploration of the Gospel in and through indigenous contexts. In doing this, it aims to contribute to the growth and development of Māori and Indigenous peoples, and indigenous approaches to Christian theology.

The Indigenous Theology track can be taken at the Henderson campus as a part-time option within the Graduate Diploma in Theology programme, and some of the courses that make up this particular track may also be taken as part of a Laidlaw undergraduate degree. Options to take these courses for credit outside of a programme (Tohu a Pukenga Matauranga) or non-formally are also available.

Indigenous Theology Track


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
09 837 9769

For Indigenous Theology track:
Sharon Pihema: [email protected] or
09 837 9781

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


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


Returning Students Course Selections Open 18 May 2020
Queen’s Birthday 1 June 2020
S2 2020 Counselling & Teaching Applications Close 26 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