Diploma in Theology (DTH)


The Diploma in Theology degree is a three-year program designed to offer training to those called into full-time ministry, who normally have rich life and career experience, but lack an undergraduate degree. Its goal is to prepare students for the pastoral ministry and related fields of service. The DTh shares all the degree objectives and course work of the MDiv degree with the exception of the biblical languages requirement. Achieving these degree and course objectives is also designed to set students on a trajectory of life-long personal, spiritual, and professional growth in the arenas detailed in the Essential Leadership Characteristics identified by the Faculty.

The Diploma in Theology requires 79 credit hours of study.

Course Requirements

This section is designed to help you keep a record of courses taken toward completion of the Diploma in Theology degree.

Course Title Course # Hours
Biblical Studies
Old Testament Introduction I S1112 3
Old Testament Introduction II S1113 3
New Testament Introduction I S1312 3
New Testament Introduction II S1313 3
Biblical Hermeneutics S2521 2

Theological Foundations
Church History I L1111 3
Church History II L1112 3
Baptist Heritage and Practice L1113 2
Christian Theology I L1211 3
Christian Theology II L1212 3
Christian Ethics L1411 2

Leadership Formation
Principles & Approaches to Bible Teaching E1113 3
Ministry Leadership E1312 2
Administration and Church Growth E1314 2
Intercultural Communication I1113 3
Missions I1211 3
Basic Evangelism I1311 2
Spritual Formation P1115 2
Leadership in Ministry Practicum I* P1121 2
Leadership in Ministry Practicum II* P1122 2
Introduction to Preaching P1411/E1211 3
Pastoral Ministry P1511 2
Christian Counseling P1512 3
Worship & Music in the Faith Community P1916 3

Leadership Discernment
Foundations for Ministry P1111 2
Integration into Ministry P1116 2

General Electives
Electives 13
Total Hours 79

*P1121 & P1122 (TFE) must be taken in two consecutive terms in a fall-spring sequence only. A total of 4 semester-hours credit for the courses will be given at the end of the second term. No credit is earned if both courses are not completed. Variable credit is available by contracting with the TFE Office and identified on the TFE Application. Students must remain in the same Peer Reflection Group for the two terms.

For full-time student verification, students must be registered for 9 semester hours in any given semester and 24 hours for the year. VA students, please see Registrar for full-time student verification and additional information.