Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology

NZQF Level: 8
NZQF Credits: 120
Duration: 1 Year (full-time)
Intakes: February & July
Study Options: On-site, distance, full-time, part-time, block courses

Programme Summary

Carey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology provides an advanced theological qualification for those who are committed to career-long education.

The Postgraduate Diploma aims to support professional development for pastors, including senior pastors, and other Christian ministry and missional practitioners who have high levels of curriculum knowledge, research skills, and leadership capacity.

In addition the academic programme aims to equip students interested in advancing academic scholarship and research in the field of applied theology. It is therefore also intended as a pathway for those interested in continuing on to doctoral studies, particularly through one of the established pathways Carey has with Auckland University of Technology, Otago University, or other tertiary institutions.

Programme Outline

The programme of study for each student will be designed, as much as possible, to meet the individual needs and interests the students.

Each programme will total 120 credits and must include four courses from those on offer at Level 8; including MA801 Research Methods in Applied Theology.

Our courses in 2021 include:

MA804 Intercultural Bible Reading– Dr George Wieland

MA826 Kingdom Economics – Dr Michael Rhodes & Dr Sarah Harris

MA827 Theology, Race and Church – Dr Christa McKirland & Andrew Picard

MA828 Discipleship and Gospel Transformation – Dr Mick Duncan

MA821 Research Essay guided research option

Programme Objectives

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 evaluation.
  • 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

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.

This programme is open to full-time and part-time New Zealand students and full-time International students.

For full information please see the Academic Regulations and Calendar.

International student admission requirements, including English language requirements, can be found here.

What is the cost?

See our full Fees Schedule for costs

When are the courses taught?

View our Semester Two 2021 Timetable


Note: The Schedule of courses in the Academic Regulations and Calendar indicates the planned cycle of what courses will be offered in which years.

However, please note that due to timetabling constraints and lecturer availability some courses may not be offered as planned.

Course selection and advice is provided via the Academic Registrar to ensure that your programme of study meets the requirements of the qualification you are enrolled in.

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Alumni Stories

Grace Chamberlain

I regard Carey as a well of biblical and theological insight to draw from. Doing Postgraduate study at Carey provides opportunities to delve so much deeper into matters of faith than I could go alone