Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology

LEVEL 8   |   120 CREDITS   |   1 YEAR FULL-TIME (part-time available)

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Programme Outline

Have you already started your theological journey with an undergraduate degree in Bible, theology or a related subject? Are you looking for an advanced theological qualification to continue your development in ministry or mission leadership? Or are you looking for an academic pathway to Masters or Doctoral study? Enrol in our Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology. Climb higher, see further, resource the church.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology aims to support professional development for pastors and other Christian ministry and missional practitioners who have high levels of curriculum knowledge, research skills, and leadership capacity. Once you complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology with the appropriate GPA score, you are able to undertake the thesis course to complete the Master of Applied Theology.

“Consider joining us for a Postgraduate Diploma at Carey. Choose from a wide range of topics with incredible lecturers who will walk alongside you in doing research that matters.”

Dr Christa McKirland, Lecturer, Carey Graduate School

Programme Structure

This programme is equivalent to one year full-time study of 120 credits at level 8, comprising of Research Methods in Applied Theology and a further 90 credits from the following options. (Select the Course Name to view the course description.)

To see which courses are currently available, check this year’s timetable.

Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion graduates will be able to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Ability to critique scholarly publications in Applied Theology
  • Demonstrate critical skills in the interpretation of Biblical texts, demonstrating sound theological evaluations.
  • Critically reflect on current societal issues from informed Biblical and theological perspectives.
  • Critically evaluate contexts and identify strengths, weaknesses and suggest possible ways forward to better meet the needs of communities.
  • Work collaboratively with (and within) communities to achieve learning and research outcomes.

Entry Requirements

Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology is open to full-time and part-time New Zealand students and full-time International students.

General Admission
An applicant will normally have completed one of the following:

  • a recognised undergraduate degree in theology or Christian ministry with a grade point average of B in courses of the undergraduate programme at levels 6 and 7 (or equivalent).
  • a professional or other qualification which, in the judgement of the Academic Director, can be recognised as equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in theology or Christian ministry.

An applicant who does not meet these requirements but who has completed a recognised undergraduate degree in a discipline other than theology or Christian ministry may be admitted as a candidate following successful completion of a bridging programme of study as determined by the Academic Director.

For special admission and International student admission requirements (including English language) view the Academic Regulations and Calendar.

Transfer from other Programmes

Students who have completed courses at other institutions may be eligible for cross-credits or recognition of current competency.


Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $100 per 30 credit course.

Domestic Student $2040.00 per 30 credit course
International Student $5376.00 per 30 credit course
Audit (interest only, not for credit) $640.00 per 30 credit course

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Key Information for Students

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Sarah Buckwell, student

“Pursuing postgraduate study has given me the opportunity to research theology in areas of my particular interest. The paper I have done has curated space for me to study my interest in what a more holistic flourishing could be for Christian adolescents in Aotearoa. The course invites the integration of psychology and theology which has grown my understanding and heart for the Kingdom of God.”

– Sarah Buckwell, Student, Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology

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