Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies
If you would like to grow deeper in your faith through foundational courses in Biblical Studies, Theology, and Christian History and acquire additional skills in ministry leadership, the 30 credit hour (10 courses) Graduate Diploma may be the right program for you.
The Graduate Diploma can be completed part-time through ADC Metro or ADC New Brunswick. It can also be completed part-time or full-time through our main campus in Wolfville. The Diploma is awarded by ADC and courses taken can be applied toward a Master of Arts or Master of Divinity degree.
Applicants for the Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies shall have a bachelors degree or equivalent, and shall submit an application for admission to the Registrar of Acadia Divinity College.
The completion of 30 semester hours of academic work, taken for graduate credit with a minimum GPA of 2.00.
Certificate in Christian Studies
This 30-credit-hour undergraduate program is designed to provide those interested in ministry with a foundation of Biblical Studies, Theology, Christian History, and practical Ministry courses. This program can help equip you to be an effective volunteer leader in your church or ministry. The credits earned in the Certificate can be applied toward a Bachelor of Theology degree. This program is perhaps ideal for High School leavers wishing to consider a degree program at Acadia University but who would like to start their program in any subject by completing in the first or first two years this important foundation ministry qualification. It is also an ideal way to test your interest in Christian studies with the possibility of moving into the full BTh program. Please contact Dr. Chris Killacky if you would like more information and advice.
Those applying to the Certificate in Christian Studies are normally have a High School diploma.
A grade point of 2.00 is necessary for each course in order for that course to apply toward the Certificate.
Certificate of Ministerial Studies
This undergraduate-level non-credit program is designed to provide those over 55 years of age who are seeking ordination with a foundation of Biblical Studies, Theology, Christian History, and practical ministry. Applicants should normally have been accepted by their church or denomination as a candidate for ordination.
Those applying to the Certificate in ministerial Studies must be over 55 years of age and have no formal education beyond the High School level.
To earn a completion certificate, students in this program must pass every course and earn an average of at least 55%. Course expectations are adjusted by the professor after determining the student’s capacity.
Certificate in Lay Leadership
Acadia Divinity College, in cooperation with Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada, will begin offering a new Certificate in Lay Leadership in 2017. This non-credit training program is designed to equip lay leaders with Biblical, Theological and Practical Ministry courses that will better prepare them for ministry leadership roles in the context of a local church. The Certificate in Lay Leadership is not for individuals who desire ordination and courses may not be applied toward other Acadia Divinity College programs. Students who wish to complete a program for academic credit are encouraged to consider the Certificate in Christian Studies or the Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies.
Applicants from the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada will normally be referred by the Board of Ministerial Standards and Education (BMSE) (See Certificate in Lay Leadership). After being approved by the BMSE, individuals may contact Student Services at Acadia Divinity College to receive instructions on how to enroll in the Certificate Program. Grade 12 completion or a GED certificate is normally required for admission.
A pass in every course is required to earn a completion certificate. Bachelor’s-level course expectations may be adjusted for the student’s capacity by the professor in consultation with the student, and all courses will be marked on a pass/fail basis. Courses taken in this program are not transferable to a degree program.