Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2011/2012
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Diploma in Theology

This program is designed only for students who for reason of age and by special faculty action are exempted from some of the entrance and other requirements of the Seminary. Candidates for the diploma are not required to possess a bachelor's degree, nor to write a major research paper or comprehensive examination. They are required to complete, successfully, at least the equivalent of the first year of an undergraduate program at an accredited university or university college (normally with a minimum GPA of C+) before being admitted to the diploma program. They may, however, receive the MDiv degree later if they qualify in due course. The diploma must be relinquished before the MDiv degree will be conferred. Persons who possess a bachelor's degree from an approved and accredited university or university college may not enrol in the diploma program.

Additional Information
Program Requirements

Ordinarily a student will be able to complete the academic requirements for this program in six terms (three academic years). The requirements for graduation include the satisfactory completion of courses totalling 95 hours of credit. Students desiring to take two biblical languages in their diploma program may defer one of their first-year courses to the second year. Students who complete a major portion of their diploma program through part-time studies, prior to becoming full-time students, may find that scheduling conflicts can develop which would lengthen their total program by a term or two.

Because the aim of the diploma program is preparation for the professional ministry, students in this program must have obtained by the end of their first term, endorsement as acceptable ministry candidates by the church of which they are a member. Continuance in the diploma program after the first term is contingent upon the maintenance of such an endorsement.

Requirements for Graduation in Addition to the Six Terms of Academic Study

  • Supervised pastoral education: Every student must successfully complete 12 weeks of supervised (clinical) pastoral education. This course is normally taken during the summer after the first or second academic year. Students who can demonstrate an equivalency of this requirement may apply to the seminary faculty for the waiver of the SPE requisite.
  • Internship: Students preparing for the professional ministry must meet the internship and/or field education requirements of the church of which they are a member. Students preparing for the ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada must successfully complete one year of internship in a parish or in an institutional ministry. This is normally taken after the second year.
  • Contextual education: Students preparing for the ordained ministry are required, as part of their contextual ministry courses, to be involved satisfactorily in the life of a congregation. Placements are arranged through the supervisor of contextual education.
  • In addition to completing successfully the academic courses, students must be judged by the seminary faculty to be capable of assuming the professional responsibilities of the ordained ministry. Any student not meeting these requirements may be required by the principal-dean of the Seminary to withdraw from the program.
  • Model Program of Studies

    Term One Term Two
    TH501A* or TH501B*
    Supervised pastoral education (12 weeks)1
    TH501A* or TH501B*
    Term Three Term Four
    3 hr. Biblical elect.-exeg.
    3 hr. Systematics elect.-sys.
    3 hr. Systematics elect.-cons.
    Internship (9-12 months)
    Term Five Term Six
    3 hr. Biblical elective
    3 hr. Church history elective
    4 hr. electives

    5 hr. Functional elective
    3 hr. electives

    1Supervised pastoral education may be taken following either year 1 or year 2 of the program; normally it is taken after year 2.