Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6)

Diploma in Christian Studies

This course is a one-year intensive leadership development programme that has been designed for people who feel called to be involved in leadership roles in the workplace and in Christian ministry.

It is a full-time year of study, with an internship, that follows on from the New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5).

Having established a solid biblical and theological foundation in your earlier qualification, the Diploma in Christian Leadership now focuses intensely on growing in leadership knowledge and skills.


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The course includes an internship of 15 hours per week in your local church or ministry (minimum 500hrs per year). The internship provides an opportunity to put your learning into practice and gain stronger ministry experience. Students usually complete the internship in their local church, although alternatives will be considered.  Please note that you will need to arrange this with your local church yourself.  


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Course at a Glance

Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6)


Hamilton, Christchurch

Next Intake

February 2018

Course Length

Fulltime: 1 Year

Course Info

Level: Level 6
Credits: 120
Domestic fees: $5,995 or $749.30 per 15 credit paper
International fees: $15,450 or $1,931.25 per 15 credit paper.
UE: Not Required

Main Employment Outcomes:

Church leaders
Youth pastors


Credits: 120
Level: 6




This course includes topics such as Leading Teams, Strategic Leadership, and Leading and Managing a Church, with Theology, Pastoral Studies and Contemporary Leadership Analysis. The Making of a Leader paper takes you deep into your personal journey of leadership development.


This study is combined with an internship of 15 hours per week (minimum 500hrs per year) in your local church or ministry. The internship provides an opportunity to put your learning into practice and gain stronger ministry experience.

Internship placements must be approved by the College. Students usually complete the internship in their local church, although alternatives will be considered. 

The internship requires a mentoring component to ensure that the learning takes place in a supported, evaluated and safe environment. The mentor must also be approved by the College and will usually be your Pastor or a significant leader.


Block Courses and Self-Directed Papers
There are five block courses throughout the year which give you valuable face-to-face teaching time. You will complete two other papers through supported distance learning, plus the internship.

The entire Diploma in Christian Leadership is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience that will enable you to grow into your full leadership potential and prepare you for ministry leadership roles.




Core Papers
Leadership Internship (Internship placements must be approved by the College)

Plus 7 academic papers (As selected by the College) from this list:
 - Leading Teams
 - Strategic Leadership
 - Pastoral Ministry
 - Leading and Managing a Church
 - Theology 3
 - Directed Reading
 - Integrated Project
 - Personal Leadership
 - Leading Church Growth




Diploma in Ministry Level 5 or an equivalent qualification or experience.

You must:
 - Be aged 18 years or over
 - Have a Diploma in Ministry (Level 5, 120 credits) or an equivalent qualification or experience.
 - Supply Pastoral references
 - Complete required essays and have an interview
 - Students for whom English is a second language must also have an IELTS score of 6.0 (academic) with no individual band lower than 5.5, or equivalent test.

Provisional Entry may be granted to domestic applicants who do not meet the criteria above, but present evidence of ability to succeed and are able to show they are well prepared to study the programme.



The Diploma in Christian Leadership Level 6 will prepare you for:



Bachelor of Theology



Many students are already working in their local church in a paid or voluntary position. Graduates may be eligible to be ordained, subject to the requirements of their denomination.






Domestic Fees:
$5,995 or $749.30 per 15 credit paper

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.
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International Fees
$15,450 or $1,931.25 per 15 credit paper.

International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include medical and travel insurance cover.
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