Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies (GradDipCS)



30 credits
Accredited Diploma

The GradDipCS is for students who want broader theological training or those who want to work towards a BGST masters programme. The GradDipCS provides students with an understanding of Scripture, Christian traditions, and inter-disciplinary studies that will not only help them understand their faith better, but also apply it to the day-to-day realities of living for God.

The GradDipCS forms half of the Master in Christian Studies (MCS) programme and a third of the Master of Divinity (MDiv) programme.

The GradDipCS is right for you if:

  • You want a substantial introduction to Biblical Studies, Hermeneutics, Systematic Theology, Church History, Christian Spirituality and Intercultural Studies
  • You want more in-depth training without enrolling in a Masters programme
  • You want more thorough training on how to reflect theologically, grow spiritually and integrate your faith with all areas of life.

Duration
One year (full-time) to four years (part-time)

Minimum Qualification

  • Bachelors degree from a recognized institution or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.5 out of a possible 4.0 OR
  • Graduate of BGST Certificate programme with a minimum average grade of B minus (B-)
  • Those who do not possess a first degree may take a BGST class for audit or credit before deciding to enter a programme.

Admission

  • Applicants who have an undergraduate degree in biblical or theological studies may be able to transfer credits from their previous coursework.
  • The personal and spiritual aspects of the applicant will be considered.

International Students

    • English proficiency will be considered for international students
      • TOEFL Required Scores:
        • Paper-based = 550 points
        • Computer-based = 213 points
        • Internet-based = 78 points
      • IELTS Required Score: 6
    • Part time foreign students must register for a minimum of 10 credits of courses per year
    • Full time foreign students must register for a minimum of 30 credits of courses per year

Graduation Requirements
To be eligible to graduate with a GradDipCS, a student must have:

  • Satisfactorily completed all requirements (30 credits) for the programme by the end of April
  • Attained a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.8
  • Submitted a completed Application for Graduation form to the Registrar’s Office by 31 March of the year they wish to graduate
  • No outstanding payments to BGST

Programme Fees

GradDipCS (30 credits)    S$4,050 (4,252.50*) Full Payment
Fee per 3 credit/audit module    S$450 / S$240
Fee per 1.5 credit/audit module     S$225 / S$120

*Each student in CS102 receives one-on-one mentoring from a Spiritual Director. Thus, the fee for this optional course is S$450.00.

 

GradDipCS Curriculum

REQUIRED COURSES

21 CREDITS

Biblical Hermeneutics and Interpretation (HE101)

3 Credits

Christian Spirituality I (CS101) AND
Christian Spirituality II (CS102*)
OR
Vocation, Work And Ministry I (MM101A) AND
Vocation, Work and Ministry II (MM101B)

3 Credits

Old Testament Foundations I (OT101)

3 Credits

New Testament Foundations I (NT101) OR
New Testament Foundations II (NT102)

3 Credits

Introduction to Christian Theology (TS101)

3 Credits

History of Christianity I (CH101) OR
History of Christianity II (CH102)

3 Credits

Christianity, Culture and Society (ID101)

3 Credits

ELECTIVES
From any subject area

9 CREDITS

TOTAL CREDITS

30 CREDITS

If you intend to proceed to the MDiv, please begin either Biblical Hebrew OR Biblical Greek early in your studies, as the MDiv requires two years (four courses) of Biblical Language.

* Christian Spirituality I (CS101) must be taken before OR concurrently with Christian Spirituality II (CS102)

Transferable

Credits earned from this programme are entirely transferable to the BGST Masters programmes. Upon successful completion of the programme, students will have completed 1/2 of the requirements for the MCS or 1/3 of the requirements for the MDiv. Students wishing to transfer their diploma credits to TTC are advised to take the BGST joint DipTS instead.

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