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.
|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 I: What God Thinks of Our Daily Work and our Ministry in Church (MM101A) AND Vocation, Work And Ministry II: How Do I Discern What God has Called Me To Do? (MM101B)
|Christianity, Culture and Society (ID101)||3 credits|
Sub-total (Required Courses)
|These can be taken from any area in the curriculum.|
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.
* CS101 must be taken before OR concurrently with CS102.
- 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.
- English proficiency will also be considered for international students.
- 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”.
- 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.
- All foreign students must register for a minimum of 15 credits of courses per semester.
To be eligible for graduation, a student must:
- Complete 30 credits;
- Attain a Grade Point Average 2.8;
- Submit a completed Application for Graduation form to the Registrar’s Office by the end of April;
- Have no outstanding payments to BGST.
The maximum period of time for the completion of the Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies is 4 years.
The course fees for 1.5 credit and 3 credit courses are $225 and $450 respectively.
|Graduate Diploma Programme – 30 credits||S$4,050.00 / 4252.50*
|3.0 credits (per module)||S$450.00|
|1.5 credits (per module)||S$225.00, *CS102 is S$450.00|
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.
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