Vancouver School of Theology

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Indigenous Studies Program Certificate

Continuing Education Certificate

Overview of Program

The ISP Certificate in Theological Studies is a non-degree program for students who are interested in deepening their understanding of Christianity and theological thought framed by the indigenous context in which the learner is rooted. As academic credit is not offered, an undergraduate degree is not required for enrolment.

Length of Program and Course Requirements

The Certificate is granted at VST to students who successfully complete 12 Units of study in NMC and ISP courses. Ten hours of classroom instruction is equal to one Certificate Unit. All course work must be completed within 8 years of beginning in the Certificate.

The Certificate program is primarily undertaken in NMC Summer School. Students can also obtain Certificate Units by auditing M.Div courses delivered where extension students are living. For example, a Summer School NMC course, or morning session of the M.Div ISP course, would each count as 1.5 Certificate Units.

Please note: Certificate Units may not be transferred into VST’s Diploma or Degree programs.

Certificate course work expectations:

• All reading as assigned by instructor
• Class participation and group work
• Journal-level assignments. An equivalent oral presentation can be used to meet the writing expectation.


1. Submit  application form (w/$25 app fee)

2. Submit one letter of reference

Download application form here:


Please send your documents via email to:

Catalina Parra
Indigenous Studies Program, Coordinator