The Diploma in Theological Studies offers a basic diploma program (not an accredited degree) in theological studies for mature persons who have not completed a formal undergraduate degree.
Central’s Diploma in Theological Studies can be completed 100% online.* We use video-conferencing to facilitate synchronous class sessions on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday evenings (central time zone) in which students interact with the professor and fellow students. Each class meets one night per week. Students near the site where a class is being offered can join the professor in the room for class time if they would like, but most students attend the synchronous sessions virtually from around the United States. These synchronous sessions are paired with asynchronous learning activities that offer students flexibility to pursue their studies on their own time.
It is never easy to balance seminary studies with family, work, church, and other obligations. Students have to make sacrifices in order for it to work, but Central’s evening synchronous session schedule and online format make it possible for most students to maintain their full-time jobs while earning their Diploma in Theological Studies.
*International students must attend classes in person.
Central’s diploma program is designed to help you craft a ministry that is unique to your own vocational or entrepreneurial goals.
It will equip you with a new, empowering vision of ministry so that you can become a transformative agent in the emerging global Christian community.
Achieving academic mastery of core theological and scholarly learning alone is not enough to sustain a successful ministry.
At Central, the signature theological “pillars” of formation, interpretation, contextualization and performance are woven together with contextual ‘threads’ that bring contemporary relevance to the learning outcomes of each and every course you will take. “Threads” include subjects like racial diversity, cross cultural understanding, social justice, environmental theology, sexual identity, religious pluralism, creative expression and more.
A total of 48 credits will be spread over 3 academic years. Each academic year will include three terms, and each term will be 12 weeks. Term names are based on the rhythm of the Christian calendar:
Following the three year degree plan, students beginning in the revised curriculum will take the classes in the order below:
F-FM401: Foundations for Seminary Studies (2 credits)
P-CR401: Creativity in Public Ministries (2 credits)
C-CH401: Christian Heritage I (3 credits)
I-IN401: Biblical Interpretation (3 credits)
C-CH402: Christian Heritage II (3 credits)
I-HB411: Hebrew Bible I (3 credits)
P-CM401: Media for Ministry Development (2 credits)
P-CM402: Interpersonal Skills (2 credits)
I-HB412: Hebrew Bible II (3 credits)
F-TH411: Theological Foundations I (3 credits)
I-NT421: New Testament I (3 credits)
F-TH412: Theological Foundations II (3 credits)
I-NT422: New Testament II (3 credits)
F-ET421: Christian Ethics (3 credits)
F-CC431: Caring Ministries (3 credits)
X-CL401: Contextual Learning – Formation (3 credits)
P-CM411: Homiletics (3 credits)
(Diploma students will add a 1 credit Capstone during this term – Diploma program ends)