Graduate Diploma of Applied Theology

NZQF Level: 7
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 Graduate Diploma of Applied Theology is ideal for those who have already proven themselves in tertiary study and who either wish to grow in the depth of their Christian faith and understanding or desire an initial theological education. 

In addition the Graduate Diploma provides a pathway for further study in the Carey Graduate School 

If you enjoy a challenge, this programme will enhance your theological and biblical understanding.

Programme Outline

The programme of study is equivalent to one year full-time completed within three years, and each programme will total 120 credits comprising of:

either MB531 Introduction to the Old Testament or MB532 Introduction to the New Testament,

MB521 Thinking Theologically,

And 90 credits of elective courses with a minimum of 75 credits at level 7 or above.

For more information on each course view the Course Descriptions.

For a full list of courses view our Schedule of Courses.

Programme Objectives

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

  • Reflect on and manage your own personal faith journey
  • Be able to communicate a sound understanding of the Bible and core theological principles
  • Be able to align knowledge of Biblical principles with practice in a range of life contexts
  • Communicate effectively across different cultural boundaries

Entry Requirements

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Applied Theology is restricted to applicants who have completed a recognised undergraduate degree, or who can demonstrate appropriate professional experience or other experience which can be recognised as equivalent. The Diploma can be studied full-time or part-time for New Zealand students or full-time for International students.

For full information please see the Academic Regulations and Calendar.

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

Bridging Graduate Diploma

A student with a non theological undergraduate degree who is seeking admission to postgraduate theological study may be required to enrol in the Graduate Diploma programme as a bridge to postgraduate study. In this case the student will be prescribed an individual programme of study in relevant subject areas and levels to ensure a firm foundation in Biblical and Theological studies.

What is the cost?

See our full Fees Schedule for costs

When are 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

Virginia Bace

Studying by distance in Wellington.

A highlight for me has been growing in understanding of my faith – the Bible, our Christian traditions and how it all connects to our lives here and now.  


Alumni Stories

Robert Burley

After thirty-five years as an electrical engineer, God opened up a new career for me which left me with more spare time. As I have always loved learning, I was quickly persuaded to study at Carey and I have enjoyed the family-like atmosphere here and also the company of other students. I find it quite stimulating.