Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies

Overview of Program

The Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies is a post-graduate diploma designed to provide opportunities for interested persons to complete a focused program of advanced studies in a given area supportable by the School of Theology. The program may serve to prepare a student for work in a Master of Theology (Th.M) program; provide scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice; or provide disciplined focus in an area of theological study for personal interest. This program may be of particular interest for those who may not be able to undertake a full graduate degree program but who wish an organized program of studies culminating in certification.

Length of Program and Course Requirements

The Graduate Diploma is a 12–credit hour program, consisting of four 3-credit hour courses at the 700-level or above. At least three of the four courses must be in one chosen area of concentration.

Generally, the guidelines for ThM level work apply to the Graduate Diploma. All work for any course undertaken as a part of the Graduate Diploma program must be completed within one month of the end of the term in which the student registered for the course.

Courses completed in the Graduate Diploma program can be transferred into another VST degree at the advanced level, and may be eligible for transfer into other graduate programs.

General Areas of Study

Currently, studies for the Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies may be undertaken in:

    • Ethics
    • Hebrew Scriptures
    • New Testament
    • Liturgical Studies
    • Homiletics
    • History
    • Theology
    • Rabbinics


Persons who hold an M.A. in theological studies or an M.Div or their equivalents are eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies. At the time of application, the applicant will declare his or her area of interest. Where applicable, reading knowledge of an ancient or modern language may be required.

If eventual application to a Th.M or other graduate program in undertaken, additional language requirements and/or application materials may apply.

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