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Diploma in Christian Ministry (DCM)

Diploma in Christian Ministry (DCM)

The Diploma in Christian Ministry (DCM) offers training for congregational lay ministry, leadership, and discipleship. It is designed to provide foundational, orthodox, and graduate-level training in essential topics of biblical studies, systematic theology, and Church History. This program offers students the training they need to become workers educated in the gospel wherever the Lord leads them to serve.

The DCM program is 24 credits.  The DCM can be completed entirely in residence at our Ambridge campus, online, or through a combination of residential and online study.  There is no residency requirement for the DCM.

Residential students generally take 4-5 courses per term in Fall and Spring, supplementing as desired with January & June intensives.  Most residential students graduate after 1 year of full-time study.  Hybrid/online students generally take 1-2 courses per term in Fall, Spring, and Summer, supplementing as desired with January & June intensives.  Most online students graduate after 3-4 years of part-time study.


Application Deadlines

Fall Start: July 1

Spring Start: December 1


The Curriculum

Biblical Studies (9 credits) Church History (3 credits)
BI500 Biblical Interpretation CH625 or CH635 or CH645 Early Church or Medieval & Early Modern Church or Anglican/Episcopal History
OT500 Introduction to Old Testament Systematic Theology (3 credits)
NT500 Introduction to New Testament ST625 or ST635 or ST645 God the Father or God the Son or God the Holy Spirit
Pastoral Theology (3 credits) General Electives (6 credits)
PT700 Spiritual Formation: Catechesis & Discipleship Elective 1 Elective 2