The Diploma of Christian Studies (Dip.C.S.) program prepares laypeople serving in ministry in the context of local churches or para-church organizations. It offers a series of basic theological training.
This diploma aims to prepare laypeople to engage in personal growth and serve in ministry more effectively. The program’s target groups include lay leaders, Sunday school teachers, fellowship advisors, short-term missionaries, and early retirees who seek to serve in ministry.
- A bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited four-year university or seminary with a GPA of 2.67 (B- or 80%) or above.
- Converted and baptized for at least two years.
- A demonstration of personal and spiritual maturity, with two recommendations from church pastors or leaders.
- The ability to understand Mandarin.
- Proof of English proficiency is required. A minimum TOEFL score of 470 / 52 (TOEFL iBT) is required. (Applicants with a bachelor’s or higher degree from English-speaking schools are exempt from this requirement.)
The program can be completed in one year through full-time study. Part-time students may take up to maximum of five years.
The core requirements are made up of the following categories of coursework: Old Testament studies (6), New Testament studies (6), theological studies (3), and practical theology (3). For the remaining 6 units, students may select any courses based on their own needs and interests.
The degree can be obtained through the completion of 24 units. Students may select courses according to their own pace and schedule. Students do not need to quit their jobs to pursue the diploma. All credits earned are master-level program credits and can be transferred upon students’ admission to master programs.