The New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies provides a compact programme for learners who are wanting an initial theological qualification or those working in a church or ministry setting who wish to augment their practice with introductory theological study.
It is ideally suited to those who may be working within church or ministry settings and who also want to study part-time. It draws from a range of field education, biblical, theology and ministry courses to focus on Christian theology, practical Christianity, biblically informed practices and beginning theological reflection. Likewise, it is a good starting point for those without previous theological study who may want to continue on to further studies.
You can then staircase on to a Diploma or Bachelor’s degree.
The programme of study is equivalent to one semester (full-time) totalling 60 credits comprising of:
MF501 – Reflective Field Education (15 credits)
MF505 – Contextual Theological Praxis (30 credits)
AND at least one of the following:
AND any of the following courses to make up the remaining credits (if any):
For more information on each course view the Academic Course Descriptions 2019.
For a full list of courses view our Academic Schedule of Courses 2019.
Upon completion graduates will be able to demonstrate the following attributes:
Admission to the New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies is open to full-time and part-time New Zealand students and full-time International students.
In order to gain admission all applicants must have achieved one of the following:
For full information (including Special Admission) please see the Academic Regulations and Calendar 2019
International student admission requirements, including English language requirements, can be found here.
Transfer to other Carey Programmes
Any courses completed for credit while enrolled in the New Zealand Certificate of Christian Studies may subsequently be transferred to another Carey NZQA accredited qualification.
See our full Fees Schedule for costs
View our 2019 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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