The program is equivalent to 2.5 years of full-time study. Students must complete all requirements within seven years. Extensions are considered in exceptional circumstances [see Program Extension policy].
Academic Work Completed as Part of CCS Diploma
12 Theme Learning Circles,
Diaconal Praxis Years,
Global Perspectives Experience,
3 Integrating Circles
8 courses (Six of these courses [18 credits] must be taken at St. Stephen’s College): Intro Christian Scriptures, Christian Scriptures: Theme/Focus, Intro Hebrew Scriptures, Hebrew Scriptures: Theme/Focus, Intro Theology, Theology: Theme/Focus, Church History, Intro Ethics.
CCS Diploma requirements prior to 2017 were different, but considered equivalent to the above requirements for the purposes of the BTS in Diaconal Ministry degree.
Post CCS Work
Integrative Theology Paper (6 credits): 40-60 pages, at the undergraduate level. A project of guided research founded upon personal reflection and integration designed to demonstrate the researcher’s ability to correlate learning from a variety of disciplines and integrate theological and personal meaning within a ministry setting.