The New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies provides students with a broad understanding of the principles of theology and biblical foundations as well as establishing skills in evaluative thinking and applied leadership for Christian mission work and ministry.
Students will also gain the skills required in order to lead and manage a wide range of Christian operations for churches and associated agencies through experience and application in a community of practice.
The Diploma may be taken in 2021 with special focus on Pastoral Care
Students studying the Diploma in this format will engage in reflective field education under the guidance of an expert practitioner.
The programme of study is equivalent to one year full-time totalling 120 credits comprising of:
MM581—Mission of God (15 credits)
MB521—Thinking Theologically (15 credits)
MS510—Te Ao Maori (15 credits)
MB531 Introduction to the Old Testament (15 credits) and/or MB532 Introduction to the New Testament (15 credits)
MF501—Reflective Field Education (15 credits) or MF505 Contextual Theological Praxis (30 credits)
And up to three of the following courses (depending on other courses chosen):
For more information on each course view the Course Descriptions.
For a full list of courses view our Schedule of Courses.
The New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies will equip you to:
Admission to the New Zealand Diploma 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:
International student admission requirements, including English language requirements, can be found here.
Students who have completed courses at other institutions may be eligible for cross-credits or recognition of current competency.
See our full Fees Schedule for costs
View our 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.
Love pastoral care? This specialist stream will see you engage with experienced pastoral care practitioners and cutting edge pastoral scholarship in a lifegiving, accessible, and safe fashion.
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.
Carey this year has not just taught me how to ‘read’ the bible, but how to own what I believe and dig into the freshness of His presence.