Certificate of Diaconal Studies (CDS)

The Certificate of Diaconal Studies (CDS) is a non-credit, non-degree program of the Office of Online Education. It consists of seven online courses in the theological disciplines delivered entirely online.

Typically, a student registered in the CDS program is a deacon or postulant for the vocational diaconate in an Episcopal/Anglican jurisdiction.  Other students, however, are welcome to join as well.  When a student is in the program in conjunction with his or her diocese, the diocese provides the practical, pastoral, contextual training for the diaconate, while Trinity provides the academic/theological training.  When a student comes to the program without the support of his or her jurisdiction, Trinity is unable, at this time, to provide the pastoral and contextual training.

The Curriculum

The CDS will be awarded upon the successful completion of seven courses:

  • History and Theology of the Diaconate
  • Survey of the Old Testament
  • Survey of the New  Testament
  • Survey of Church History
  • Introduction to Systematic Theology
  • The Anglican Tradition
  • Introduction to Global Mission

These courses are non-credit and may not be transferred into any degree or diploma program at Trinity. The courses are taught consecutively on a trimester system [Jan-Apr; May-Aug; Sep-Dec].

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $400 per course

Upcoming Courses/Syllabi

Summer 2017: June 5th – August 25th CHNC 15 – The Anglican Tradition
PTNC 10 – History and Theology of the Diaconate
Fall 2017: September 5th – December 19th MENC15 – Introduction to Global Mission
Spring 2018: January 22bd – May 11th CHNC10 – Survey Church History
Summer 2018: May 28th – August 24th STNC10 – Introduction to Systematic Theology

To Register:
Register for CHNC15
Register for PTNC10

Certificate Admissions Application

If you have any further questions, please contact Russ Warren, Director of Online Education, at trinityonline@tsm.edu

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