DIPLOMA PROGRAMS

The STS diploma program is intended to provide a basic biblical and theological foundation to students who either have limited or no undergraduate college credit, or who do not feel called to pursue a formal graduate degree. Those who go through the program will be more thoroughly equipped to build up believers and bring the gospel to the global community. The three diploma options offered are: the Diploma of Theological Studies (DTS), the Diploma of Biblical Counseling (DBC), and the Diploma of Christian Ministry (DCM).

38

Avg. Credit Hours

3

Diploma Options

2

Avg. Years to Complete

Diploma of Theological Studies

RS 500Research and Writing1
BE 501Old Testament Studies I: Pentateuch and Former Prophets3
BE 502Old Testament Studies II: Latter Prophets and Writings3
BE 504Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics3
BE 511New Testament Studies I: Matthew to Acts3
BE 512New Testament Studies II: Romans to Revelation3
BE 513History and Geography of Israel*3
BE 613Life of Christ3
HT 500Historical Theology3
PT 581Ministry Preparation**2
TH 501Systematic Theology I3
TH 502Systematic Theology II3
TH 503Systematic Theology III3
TH 601Systematic Theology IV3
ElecOpen Elective (typically 1 course)**3
Total DTS Credits42

* Those unable to attend the trip to Israel can take open electives in place of this requirement.
** In the one-year programs, students will complete PT 502 in place of the open elective and PT 583/584 in place of PT 581.

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Diploma of Biblical Counseling

RS 500Research and Writing1
BC 501Foundations of Biblical Counseling2
BC 502Foundations of Biblical Marriage2
BC 506Biblical Soul Care2
BC 515Counseling Skills and Methodologies2
BE 501Old Testament Studies I: Pentateuch and Former Prophets3
BE 502Old Testament Studies II: Latter Prophets and Writings3
BE 504Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics3
BE 511New Testament Studies I: Matthew to Acts3
BE 512New Testament Studies II: Romans to Revelation3
TH 501Systematic Theology I3
TH 502Systematic Theology II3
TH 503Systematic Theology III3
TH 601Systematic Theology IV3
Total DBC Credits36

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Diploma of Christian Ministry

RS 500Research and Writing1
BE 501Old Testament Studies I: Pentateuch and Former Prophets3
BE 502Old Testament Studies II: Latter Prophets and Writings3
BE 504Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics3
BE 511New Testament Studies I: Matthew to Acts3
BE 512New Testament Studies II: Romans to Revelation3
BE 619Exposition of 1 Timothy and Titus2
PT 515Apologetics, Evangelism, & Discipleship3
PT 581Ministry Preparation2
PT 607Communication Skills for Ministry2
TH 501Systematic Theology I3
TH 502Systematic Theology II3
TH 503Systematic Theology III3
TH 601Systematic Theology IV3
Total DCM Credits37

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Diploma to Degree Program

Applicants who do not meet the acceptance requirements for admission into our master’s program may be admitted into the Diploma program. Such students must maintain a 2.5 GPA over 12 credit hours of study before being evaluated to enter a master’s program. In addition, a student who completes one of the Diploma programs may petition to continue into the Master of Divinity degree program, provided they meet the appropriate qualifications.

For more information on our Diploma Programs, see our Academic Catalog.