Certificate of Diaconal Studies

The Certificate of Diaconal Studies (CDS) is a non-credit, non-degree program of the Office of Extension Ministries. It consists of seven online courses in the theological disciplines delivered via Edvance360, our online learning management system.

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 & 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
Technology Fee: $90 per course

Upcoming Courses

Fall 2015MENC 10 - Introduction to Global Mission
Spring 2016CHNC 10 - Survey of Church History
Summer 2016STNC 10 - Introduction to Systematic Theology
Fall 2016OTNC 10 - Survey of the Old Testament
Spring 2017NTNC 10 - Survey of the New Testament
Summer 2017CHNC 15 - The Anglican Tradition
 PTNC 10 - History of Theology of the Diaconate

To Register:
Download the Application and submit to Barbara Knecht, bknecht@tsm.edu.

CDS Program Registration

CDS Program Registration - Diocese of Pittsburgh

If you have any further questions, please contact Geoffrey Mackey, Director of Distance Learning, at gmackey@tsm.edu