GDTS - Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies

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 (ThM) 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.


Program Length
Distance Learning

Length of Program

The Graduate Diploma is a 12-credit hour program, consisting of courses at the 700-level or above.


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

  • Hebrew Scriptures
  • New Testament
  • Hermeneutics
  • Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation
  • History
  • Theology
  • Missional Theology


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.

Information Literacy and Research Skills

All degree and diploma students are required to complete six hours of non-credit, no-fee research modules in Information Literacy. The modules will engage students in hands-on as well as theoretical work intended to develop knowledgeable, disciplined and critically astute researchers.

See the Research Skills Module Schedule for further information.


A MATS, MDiv or equivalent degree is required to apply for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies. At the time of application, the applicant will declare their area of interest. Where applicable, reading knowledge of an ancient or modern language may be required.

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

Distance Learning

The Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies can be taken either on campus or via distance courses