Diploma of Theology Program (Dip.Th.)

The Diploma of Theology is a 60 credit undergraduate program in theology. It is intended to give students an understanding of the major areas in theology for personal interest, as a component in preparation for ministry, or in preparation for further study. The Dip.Th. program can be taken via a combination of on campus and online courses. The program can be taken fully online on a part-time basis over 4 years.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Diploma of Theology must have an Alberta High School Diploma (with English 30) or its equivalent. Applicants, 30 years of age or older, who do not have a high school diploma may also be admitted upon successful completion of English 30 or an acceptable equivalent. Screening interviews are held to determine the candidate’s aptitude for ministry.  At present we are not able to offer Distance Education courses to residents of the U.S.A., but we welcome inquiries from anyone so interested.

This program is not Designated and ineligible to receive foreign nationals on a study permit.

Procedure for Admission

  • Submit a completed Application Form and $45.00 non-refundable application fee (International Student Application Fee $250.00).
  • Arrange for official high school transcripts and transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended to be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office from the issuing educational authority.
  • Submit an autobiography and curriculum vitae*.
  • Letters of reference from three persons qualified to judge the applicant’s character and intellectual ability as well as aptitude for ministry.

*Guidelines available from the Office of the Registrar.

When all required documentation is received the applicant’s file will be reviewed by the Admissions & Evaluations Committee. Applicants conditionally admitted will have an interview with three members of the faculty during their first semester. The interview team is responsible for recommending that the conditional admission be changed to a full admission. The interviewers may also advise that admission to the program is not recommended.

Diploma Requirements

The Dip.Th. is awarded upon completion of 60 credits including:

  • 45 core credits
  • 15 elective credits.

Students who enter the Dip.Th. with a C.Th. from Newman Theological College may transfer all credits received for the C.Th. program into the Dip.Th.

Full-time, part-time and distance lay students in the Dip.Th. program are required to participate in THEO 020 Lay Formation or THEO 020i Distance Lay Formation for 4 semesters.

Most undergraduate courses are offered in conjunction with graduate courses, and an appropriate difference in workload. In addition to the courses listed above, students who have been admitted to the Dip.Th. program may take certain courses for credit from the graduate course listing with the approval of their Faculty Advisor and the Academic Dean.

Program Outline

Core Courses

* Courses must be taken in the First Year of Studies.
** Students who take SCR 151 or SCR 152 cannot take SCR 154 Synoptic Gospels for credit. 

Lay Formation THEO 020

Foundational Theology

(6 Credits)

FND 100 Early Church History
FND 101 Medieval Church History
-OR-
FND 102 Modern Church History


Sacred Scripture

(9 Credits)

SCR 100 Introduction to Sacred Scripture and their Interpretation*
SCR 154 Synoptic Gospels
SCR 155 Pauline Literature


Systematic Theology

(21 Credits)

SYT 100 Introduction to Theology*
SYT 108 The Theology of Revelation
SYT 110 Liturgical Theology
SYT 114 Introduction to the Sacraments and Christian Initiation
SYT 184 Christology*
SYT 185 Theology of God
SYT 187 Theological Anthropology


Moral, Pastoral, and Spiritual Theology

(9 Credits)

MPS 120 Introduction to Moral Theology
MPS 130 Theology of Ministry
MPS 170 Introduction to Spiritual Theology


Electives

(15 Credits)

see Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Please consult your Faculty Advisor as to which elective courses would be most appropriate.


THEO 020 Lay Formation Non-Credit - Optional

A process of spiritual, human and pastoral formation for all lay students. This process facilitates growth in human maturity, spiritual development, health and wellness, personal integrity and professional development. It recognizes the interrelatedness in life of theological education, human maturing, and the universal call to holiness. It will draw from Scripture, the rich spiritual traditions of the Church and from the social sciences.

Full-time, part-time and distance lay students are encouraged to participate in THEO 020 Lay Formation or THEO 020i Distance Lay Formation for two semesters. This is strongly recommended for students who foresee continuing with the B.Th. program.

Transfer Credits

Students who enter the program having completed courses from the Certificate in Catholic Studies program will be granted advanced standing of 3 credits for each 6 unique C.C.S. courses towards their undergraduate studies at Newman Theological College to a maximum of 9 elective credits towards the Dip.Th. program. Students may transfer in a maximum total of 15 credits towards the Dip.Th. program including credits from other recognized colleges and universities. The transfer of credit is subject to the approval of the NTC Admissions and Evaluations Committee.

Please note: Students who have completed the C.Th. program at Newman Theological College are allowed to transfer all 30 credits into the Dip.Th. program. Any semesters of THEO 020 Lay Formation completed during the C.Th. program will be counted towards the mandatory 4 semesters of lay formation required for the Dip.Th.

Course Descriptions

Foundational Theology

FND 100 Early Church History

3 Credits
The historical development of the Church from the second century to the rise of Islam. The relationship of Church and Empire, the beginnings of monasticism, the contributions of women, the development of institutions and doctrine, and the missionary activity of Christians beyond the Greco-Roman World.


FND 101  Medieval Church History

3 Credits
The historical development of the Church in the Medieval Era from the beginning of the eighth century to 1500. Monasticism and religious orders, heretical movements and popular religion, intellectual development, Church and State relations.


FND 102  Modern Church History

3 CreditsThe church from the end of the fifteenth century until today. Calls for reform. Key reformers: Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Cramner. Catholic reforms and the Council of Trent. The Enlightenment and its aftermath: liberalism, anti-clericalism, ultra-montanism and Vatican I. Byzantine churches. Missionary movements and North American Protestantism. The church as global: Latin America, Asia, Africa. Modernism, ecumenism, Vatican II and toward the 21st century.


Sacred Scripture

SCR 100 Introduction to Sacred Scripture and their Interpretation

3 Credits
This course introduces students to the Sacred Scriptures of the Christian faith, their academic study and their interpretation.  The various books of the Old and New Testaments of the Catholic Bible are introduced in relation to their historical, cultural, and religious backgrounds, with timely references to geographical and archaeological data.  Concurrently, students are introduced to the concepts of biblical inspiration, biblical inerrancy, and the formation of the canon.

This course also includes a seminar that explores the question of the interpretation of scripture with the Mind of the Church, during which key Church documents will be analyzed while some major contributions from the world of academia to the field of biblical interpretation will be considered.  The aim is to equip students with a range of exegetical tools and building blocks that will be necessary in subsequent scripture courses in their chosen program, and indeed in their various ministries as exegetes of Sacred Scripture.


SCR 154 The Synoptic Gospels

(Prerequisite: SCR 100)

3 Credits
This course focuses on the Canonical Gospels of the Synoptic tradition.  The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are introduced, with particular attention given to their structure, their specific characteristics and historical circumstances, as well as their presentations of Jesus Christ and their teachings on Christian discipleship. This course also includes a seminar, during which students will investigate, at a level pertinent to their program of study, questions arising from a consideration of the interrelationship between the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.


SCR 155 Pauline Literature

(Prerequisite: SCR 100)

3 Credits
This course considers the epistolary literature of the New Testament attributed to the Apostle Paul.  A brief survey of the Apostle’s life and gospel gives way to a close reading of the Pauline Letters.  Although all Pauline Epistles will be read (1 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Romans), students will in particular consider central Pauline themes (Christology, Ecclesiology, Soteriology, Pneumatology) as expounded in the First Letter to the Corinthians and the Letter to the Romans. 
The seminar component of this course will invite students to engage, at a level pertinent to their program of study, with contemporary issues raised by the literature at hand.


Systematic Theology

SYT 100 Introduction to Theology

3 Credits
The nature of theology. The relationship between theology and the following: revelation (Scripture and Tradition), spirituality and liturgy, philosophy and the human sciences. Faith and reason. The high points of theology throughout the history of the Church.  The importance of theology for the Church. Theology and the teaching office of the Church. Theology and Church before and after Vatican II.  Writing skills in theology.


SYT 108 The Theology of Revelation

(Prerequisite: SYT 100)

3 Credits
The modern problem of the compatibility between an authoritative divine revelation and human knowledge, freedom and experience. The development of a “theology of revelation” from Vatican I to Vatican II. Revelation and the Enlightenment. Dei Verbum. Jesus Christ as the revelation of God and humanity. Pluralism and the unity and universality of the Christ event. The Church's teaching on revelation and faith. The Christian act of faith. The question of truth and of on-going revelation.


SYT 110 Liturgical Theology

(Prerequisite: SYT 100)

3 Credits
The biblical origins of the Christian Liturgy.  The development of distinct rites in the Eastern and Western Church with a special attention to the ongoing development of the Roman Rite. The theology of Liturgy as a work of the Trinity, an Action of Christ and the Church. The sanctification of the Year and the Day through the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours. The liturgical movement prior to and following the Second Vatican Council. Cultural, pastoral, and ecumenical considerations.


SYT 114  Introduction to the Sacraments and Christian Initiation

(Prerequisite: SYT 100)

3 Credits
The sacraments of initiation. Their biblical roots and their historical and theological development in the Christian Church. Contemporary revisions, pastoral applications and ecumenical consideration.


SYT 184 Christology

3 Credits
The contemporary problematic in Christology. The claims and challenges posed by Jesus in his preaching and life. His rejection, death and resurrection. Jesus Christ as divine and human. Traditional and contemporary Christologies.


SYT 185 Theology of God

(Prerequisite: SYT 100)

3 Credits
Aspects of the problem of God in the modern era. Preparations for belief in the Trinity in the history of Israel. The Christ event and the Trinity. The Trinity and the early Church Councils. “Explanations” of the Trinity old and new. Special questions regarding the Trinity (the Trinity and the immutability of God, creation, modern science, evil, gender, Christian worship and spirituality). Pneumatology.


SYT 187 Theological Anthropology

(Prerequisite: SYT 100)

3 CreditsThe Christian understanding of evolution and of the human person. The origin, the structure and the condition of the person in the world; the relationship of the person to God, to others and to the environment. Sin and the origin of evil. The role of grace and love. The relationship between infinite and finite freedom. Hope and the final end of the person.


Moral-Pastoral-Spiritual Theology

MPS 120 Introduction to Moral Theology

3 Credits
The basic elements of moral theology since Vatican II. Biblical and theological themes that define the person in Christ. The Christian meaning of sin, virtue, conscience, law and moral discernment. The Christian experience of conversion and reconciliation in the way of discipleship.


MPS 130 Theology of Ministry

3 Credits
Origins of Christian community and relationship with the mission of the Church. The meaning and development of ordained ministry as well as history of lay ministry and the relationship between the two. Current issues and ecumenical initiatives. Contemporary models of collaboration in ministry.


MPS 170 Introduction to Spiritual Theology

3 Credits
Definitions and understandings of spirituality. Examination of its biblical foundations. Development of spirituality as a discipline of theology. Theological and anthropological dimensions of Christian faith and spirituality. Introduction to the classical spiritual writers, schools of spirituality and contemporary forms of spirituality. The theology and practice of prayer, spiritual discernment and asceticism.


For Elective Courses please go to Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Please consult your Faculty Advisor as to which elective courses would be most appropriate.