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Entrance Requirements

  • High School diploma or equivalent

Course Requirements

  • Minimum of 45 Credit Hours

Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition: Free
  • Graduation fee: $150
    • Covers compiling and mailing of transcripts and diploma

Study Materials

  • Online Reading

 The Diploma in Theological Studies will give you a deeper theological understanding of God's Word, which will enhance your ministry. You will be better able to defend and articulate the Gospel of Christ in the arena in which God has placed you. 

Required Courses

UNIT 1 - Gearing Up for Christian Studies

GEN 080 Introduction to Online Study
This course will serve as preparation for students to make a successful journey into the school's online learning environment. It will also provide an overview of strategies for student success including time and stress management, and effective study skills.
CF 103 Creative Bible Study Methods
This course equips students for personal study of the Word of God. Students learn how to study the Bible by book, chapter, paragraph, verse, and word. Other methods taught include biographical, devotional, theological, typological, and topical. Special guidelines for studying Bible poetry and prophecy are presented, and methods of charting and outlining are taught..
BTH 103 Major Concepts of Christian Doctrine
This course is a study of the major concepts of Christian theology and their interrelationships. We will explore how best to form theological beliefs and consider the doctrines of Scripture, God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, humanity, salvation, sanctification, the church, and the last things.
BTH 100 History of the Bible
This course traces the history of the Bible and includes discussions of inspiration, the biblical canon, major manuscripts, textual criticism, early translations, and modern versions.
NTS 100 Overview of the New Testament Books
An introduction to the New Testament that examines major themes, broad divisions, key scriptures, major personalities, and the structure and context of each book. Literary and historical backgrounds are also examined.
OTS 101 Overview of the Old Testament Books
This course helps students become aware of the major issues raised in the careful study of the Old Testament in the modern world. In order to better understand the material in the Old Testament, it is important to know the historical background, context, time period being addressed, authorship, and issues that are considered. For many of these questions, there are different points of view suggested by different scholars. It is important to know why scholars differ and to be able to explain this for our lessons or Bible studies.
NTS 203 Life of Christ
A historical, biographical, and exegetical study of the life and teaching of Jesus (during the last six months of his earthly ministry) as set forth in the four gospels.

UNIT 2 - Gearing Up for Ministry

BTH 109 Preparing for Ministry
This course will help students discover their calling and inspire them to place their God given gifts at the Lord's disposal. Principles of biblical vision and spiritual leadership are covered so as to help students become powerful servants of the Almighty.
CF 102 Intercessory Prayer
An introduction to the ministry of intercessory prayer. James 5:16 "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much."
CF 104 Living in the Kingdom
This course introduces the student to patterns and principles of Kingdom living applicable to life and ministry.
CES 105 Evangelism One on One
This course is a study of evangelism ministry with special attention paid to the context of a local church setting.
MIS 309 How to Fight in the Spirit
This course moves participants beyond the natural world into the realm of the Spirit. Tactics of the enemy are analyzed and strategies of spiritual warfare assuring victory over the principalities and powers of the spirit world are explained. Guidelines for receiving and ministering healing will also be covered.
BTH 208 Basic Skills of Bible Interpretation
The aim of this course is to develop a working knowledge of the basic skills of biblical interpretation. Students will be introduced to the various skills needed to work with the different types of literature, or genre,found in the Bible as well as matters of context and content. The goal of this course is to help students to become skilled, life-long exegetes of God's Word.

 UNIT 3 - Gearing Up for the Harvest

NTS 300 Early Christianity on the Move
The book of Acts, also referred to as the "Acts of the Apostles" or the "Acts of the Holy Spirit", presents the exciting story of the beginning of the church. Through a rigorous exposition of the book of Acts, students gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the early disciples' commitment to the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
OTS 204 Five Books That Moses Wrote
This course features a survey of the Old Testament in the English Bible. Emphasis is placed on the major themes, key scriptures, and major personalities of each book. Special attention is given to the revelation and promise of Christ in each book.
NTS 304 The Magna Carta of the Church
This course will provide an in-depth and exegetical study of the Epistle to the Romans emphasizing its contribution to Christian theology and life.
OTS 205 Christ in the Historical Books
The background information and the major themes of the 12 historical books of the Old Testament are reviewed in greater detail.
OTS 406 Major Prophets
This course is a study of the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel and Daniel. Historical Background information and theological themes of each book are outlined.

 UNIT 4 - Gearing Up for the Victory

OTS 407 Minor Prophets
This course is a study of the books of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. Hist orical Background information and theological themes of each book are outlined.
CHS 300 Biblical History of Israel
The Bible tells the story of God's redemptive work in the life and death of Jesus Christ through the human history of the nation of Israel and the early church. This course helps the student pinpoint the place and time of major events in salvation history.
NTS 402 Letters of Faith, Hope, and Love
The course provides a close reading of James, I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III, and Jude with special attention given to literary, socio-historical and theological understandings of the epistles.
NTS 302 Paul's Letters to Churches and Individuals
This course is a study of the ministry and teachings of the Apostle Paul as recorded in the Pauline Epistles. The life setting of each letter is related to Paul's journeys described in the book of Acts. Special attention is given to the major theological themes of the epistles. Part I covers the Book of Galatians through II Thessalonians.
MIS 209 Mission Outreach to the World
"Missio Dei" is the idea that God is actively working to reconcile His creation to Himself through Jesus Christ. This course presents an overview of the theology of missions, as well as current trends in missions.