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

The Indigenous Theology track is being temporarily replaced in 2022 (subject to NZQA approval) by the Diploma in Christian Studies (Intercultural Studies) programme. There will be five 15 credit level 5 core courses and three 15 credit level 5 Māori or Pasifika strand courses. The three strand courses may also be taken as part of the Bachelor of Theology (BTh).


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:
Brittany Hartmann: [email protected] or  09 837 9791 (for Henderson and Manukau)
Sharon Pihema: [email protected] or  09 837 9781 (for Indigenous Theology track)
Gill Pawson: [email protected] or 03 354 4270 (for Christchurch)

Key Dates

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