Diploma in Theology


One of the options we offer at Grace Seminary is the opportunity to pursue master's-level coursework even though one has not received a bachelor's degree. The Diploma in Theology provides a quality education in areas of theology, hermeneutics, Bible backgrounds, spiritual formation and prayer, preaching and other pastoral courses, and either Greek or Hebrew.

A minimum of at least two years of college level education is required for admission, unless the requirement is waived by special action of the Admissions Committee. Holders of the Diploma in Theology who subsequently earn a bachelor’s degree may have their credits applied toward a degree program. After successful completion of the prescribed 78-hour program, a student may be awarded a Diploma in Theology.

Course Requirements for Diploma in Theology


Examples of courses in this major:

TH 5010 Systematic Theology I

An introduction to theology and its sources. Foundations will be laid in the areas of Prolegomena, Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology and Angelology.

TH 5280 History of Doctrine and the Church

An overview of the development of doctrine in the church from the Apostolic Fathers through the 20th-century. The focus will be on church confessions, major theological movements and controversies, and important theologians.

TH 6100 New Testament Theology

An overview of the history, methodology and content of New Testament theology as a foundation for understanding how the Old and New Testaments relate to one another in the context of the church and the Christian life. Special attention is given to major New Testament themes, the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, and the continuities and discontinuities between the Old and New Testaments.

TH 7100 Advanced Systematic Theology

Building on a foundation of basic orthodox systematic theology, students will explore the issues that create tensions within a theological system. Particular attention will be focused on contemporary theological questions relating to topics such as inspiration, the nature of God, personal eschatology, etc. Students will be expected to prepare position papers, which are to be defended in class.

OT 6010 Old Testament Theology

An overview of the content, history and theology of the Old Testament as it serves as a foundation for understanding the New Testament, for the church and the Christian life. Special attention is given to the development of Old Testament theology and major Old Testament themes. Students with no prior background in Old Testament studies may be required to complete assignments that will provide a survey of the Old Testament.