Diploma of Theology (Dip.Th.)

The Diploma of Theology (Dip.Th.), like the Bachelor of Theology program and the Master of Divinity program, is designed to provide a basic three-year program for those planning to invest their lives in church or mission vocations which require ordination. The program is offered only to a select number of applicants (limited to five percent of total enrollment) who are beyond the average age of college students (usually at least 30 years of age), who have not completed up to 60 semester units of undergraduate general education credits, and who have a consistent record of commendable Christian ministry experience. In general, such applicants are older than the average seminary student and have circumstances of life that make the acquisition of an undergraduate education impractical.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed in the previous paragraph, and to the general admission requirements listed in the academic catalog, applicants for the Diploma of Theology program must present a letter of reference from a church board documenting effective ministry experience and recommending the applicant for intensive study and for continuing ministry. No International applicants may apply for this program and no scholarships are available for the Dip.Th. program.

Program Requirements

The curriculum, residence, and candidacy requirements for the Diploma of Theology degree are the same as those for the Master of Divinity degree with the following exceptions:

  • A grade point average of only 2.0 is required for graduation
  • Writing a thesis is not permitted