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graduate diploma in christian studies

ONSITE / ONLINE

OVERVIEW

The Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies (GDCS) is a program for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in disciplines other than theology. The course helps students develop a strong foundation for understanding the Bible and Christian doctrine, as well as apply theological knowledge to their everyday ministry. It is available in two modes of study: onsite and online. 

Accreditation

Asia Theological Association

Credits and 
Period of Candidature

30 credits

(for non-theological Bachelor degree holders)

Full-time: One year

Part-time: Up to three years

Online: Up to three years

Modes of Study

1) Onsite

Onsite students will study their courses in face-to-face classes. They may also choose to take some online courses. A full-time student will study 3-4 courses a term whereas a part-time student will study 1-2 courses a term.

2) Online

Online students will study all their courses online. Students will adhere to a study track assigned by the school and complete 2 courses a term.

Admission Requirements

The applicant should fulfil the following requirements:

  • Obtained a Bachelor degree from a recognized institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5*

  • Possess personal and spiritual maturity

  • Be water baptized and involved in Christian ministry

  • Recommended by his or her local church pastor

 

* Those obtained a GCE ‘A’ level certificate or diploma certificate can apply if they are at least 30 years old with at least 5 years of ministry experience. They will take a qualifying assessment. Successful applicants must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the first 4 courses of the program.

 

International applicants must have obtained a TOEFL score of 80 (IBT) / 550 (PBT) or an IELTS score of 6.0 (or the equivalent).

Anticipated Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students should demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and understanding of Scripture and Christian doctrine

  • Understanding of the nature of the church, its ministry and mission

  • Love for the church and its mission in fulfilling the Great Commission

  • Desire to adequately fill their roles in church and its mission

  • Skill in the interpretation and application of Scripture to practical life situations

CURRICULUM

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9 credits

BIBLE

  • Old Testament Foundations

  • New Testament Foundations

  • Hermeneutics

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12 credits

THEOLOGY
& HISTORY

 

  • Systematic Theology I

  • Systematic Theology II

  • Systematic Theology III

  • Pentecostal Studies

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9 credits

MINISTRY
& GENERAL

  • Online Orientation

  • Theological Research & Writing (Online)

  • 2 Ministry Electives

Each course is worth 3 credits unless otherwise stated. 

STUDY SCHEDULE

All new students will begin their program with the course Theological Research and Writing which is offered as an online course. 

ONSITE SCHEDULE

Students studying onsite should use the schedule below as a guide. These classes are taught in a face-to-face format. The school may schedule these courses during the day or in the evenings.

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TERM 1

  • Old Testament Foundations

  • Systematic Theology I

  • Ministry Elective

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TERM 2
 

  • New Testament Foundations

  • Systematic Theology II

  • Pentecostal Studies

 

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TERM 3

  • Hermeneutics 

  • Systematic Theology III

  • Ministry Elective

 

Full-time students must take all courses listed in each respective term. Part-time students should aim to take 2 courses each term and complete the program within 2 years. Onsite courses are usually rotated so that they are offered in the evenings on alternate years. Onsite students have the option of taking some online courses. They should seek academic advice from the Dean to receive guidance on the selection of their courses.

ONLINE SCHEDULE

Students studying their courses fully online will be placed on a two-year study track. They can study 1-2 courses a term and have up to 3 years to complete the program.

YEAR 1

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TERM 1

  • Theological Research & Writing 

  • Ministry Elective

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TERM 2
 

  • Old Testament Foundations

  • Ministry Elective

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TERM 3

  • New Testament Foundations

  • Pentecostal Studies

YEAR 2
 
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TERM 1

  • Hermeneutics

  • Systematic Theology III

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TERM 2
 

  • Systematic Theology I

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TERM 3

  • Systematic Theology II

The School may change the schedule of classes offered at any time without prior notice. 

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

full-time 

Period of Candidature: 1 year

Tuition Fees: SGD 4,980

Notes:

1) Fees are payable each term based on the number of credits taken for the term. 

2) Fees quoted above are estimated based on 2023 rates and inclusive of 7% GST. Fees are revised annually. 

3) The fees do not include cost of textbooks. 

4) International students will need to take into consideration living expenses and other related fees incurred from staying in Singapore on a student pass. 

part-time/online

Period of Candidature: Up to 3 years

Tuition Fee: SGD 4,980

Notes:

1) Fees are payable each term based on the number of credits taken for the term. 

2) Fees quoted above are estimated based on 2023 rates and inclusive of 7% GST. Fees are revised annually. 

3) The fees do not include cost of textbooks. 

For a detailed listing of fees involved, please refer to the Financial Information

APPLICATION

The School of Theology follows a trimester system with 3 terms in a year. Each term consists of 13 weeks. Students should check with the school for the exact dates for the school terms.

  • Term 1: Jan - Mar

  • Term 2: May - Jul

  • Term 3: Sep - Nov

 

Applicant may choose to commence the program in any term. 

 

Local applicants (residing in Singapore)

International applicants

CONNECT WITH US

For more information, please contact us at:

Office hours: Mon-Fri, 9am - 530pm (excluding weekends and Public Holidays)

Phone: +65 6304-7602

Email: admin@tca.edu.sg

Text: +65 8817 6154 (WhatsApp messages only)