The Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies (Grad DipCS) aims to prepare lay persons for a more effective role in their church. It is designed for those who desire to be better equipped for lay ministry as well as those who wish to deepen their understanding of the Bible and a range of sub-disciplines within a comprehensive lay theological programme. It is also suitable for the training of both para-church workers and working professionals who wish to gain a biblical perspective on their professions.

The Grad Diploma in Christian Studies is a 30-credit programme that can be completed both through full-time or part-time studies.

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REQUIRED COURSES

OT Foundations I (OT101) 3 credits
NT Foundations I or II (NT101 or NT102) 3 credits
Biblical Hermeneutics & Interpretation (HE101) 3 credits
The Christian Faith (TS101) 3 credits
History of Christianity I or II (CH101 or CH102) 3 credits
Christian Spirituality I: Foundations for Everyday Life (CS101) AND Christian Spirituality II: Practices for Discernment and Discipleship (CS102)

OR Vocation, Work and Ministry (MM101)

3 credits
Christianity, Culture and Society (ID101) 3 credits
Sub-total (Required Courses)
21 credits

ELECTIVES

These can be taken from any area in the curriculum.
Sub-total
9 credits

TOTAL CREDITS

30 credits

Notes:

Credits earned from this programme are entirely transferable to our Masters programmes. Upon successful completion of the programme, students would require only another 30 credits to obtain a Master in Christian Studies or another 60 credits for Master of Divinity.

For those intending to proceed to the MDiv, it is recommended that you commence EITHER Biblical Hebrew (BH 111 and BH 112) or Biblical Greek (BG 111 and BG 112) early in your programme of studies.

The MDiv language requirement is for two years of studies in either Biblical Hebrew (BH111, BH 112, BH 211, BH 212) or Biblical Greek (BG 111, BG 112, BG 211, BG 212).

It is likely that students (Program and non-Program) studying with BGST prior to Jul 2012 had followed the AY2011 Grad DipCS syllabus in their selection of courses. Such students will have the option of abiding by the AY2011 GradDipCS syllabus instead.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. The minimum qualification of a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised institution or the equivalent with a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5 out of a possible 4.0.
  2. English proficiency will also be considered for international students.
  3. The personal and spiritual aspects of the applicant will also be considered. Decisions made will be based upon the whole application. Those who do not prossess a first degree may audit most classes or take most courses for credit under “Special Studies”.
  4. Applicants who have an undergraduate degree in biblical or theological studies may be able to transfer credits from their previous course-work. Applications should be made in writing to the Registrar, and must be accompained by the relevant transcripts and other required documentation.
  5. All foreign students must register for a minimum of 15 credits of courses per semester.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for graduation, a student must:

  1. Complete 30 credits;
  2. Attain a Grade Point Average 2.8;
  3. Submit a completed Application for Graduation form to the Registrar’s Office by the end of April;
  4. Have no outstanding payments to BGST.

DURATION

The maximum period of time for the completion of the Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies is 4 years.

COURSE FEES

The course fees for 1.5 credit and 3 credit courses are $225 and $450 respectively.

PROGRAMME FEES

Programme Fees
Graduate Diploma Programme – 30 credits S$4,050.00
(full payment)
3.0 credits (per module) S$450.00
1.5 credits (per module) S$225.00

Course fees cover all study material, classes, supervision, assignments and examinations. They do not include fees for optional textbooks and other additional items specified by BGST.

INQUIRIES

To receive further information, please email to inquiry@bgst.edu.sg

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