Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies

If you would like to grow deeper in your faith through foundational courses in Biblical Studies, Theology, and Christian History and acquire additional skills in ministry leadership, the 30 credit hour (10 courses) Graduate Diploma may be the right program for you.

The Graduate Diploma can be completed part-time through ADC Metro or ADC New Brunswick.  It can also be completed part-time or full-time through our main campus in Wolfville. The Diploma is awarded by ADC and courses taken can be applied toward a Master of Arts or Master of Divinity degree.

Program Requirements

The completion of 30 semester hours of academic work, taken for graduate credit with a minimum GPA of 2.00.


Program Track

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
IDTH 5010 Orientation Pass/Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Intro to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
EVAN 5013 Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society 3
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders 3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives1
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
  Total Credit Hours 30


1 Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Test is not passed

Program Faculty

Dr. Spencer Boersma

Assistant Professor of Theology

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Wade White

Adjunct Faculty

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Dr. Melody Maxwell

Associate Professor of Church History

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Rev. Scott Kohler

Pastor, Gentle Shepherd Community Church, Fredericton, NB

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Rev. Dr. Stuart Blythe

John Gladstone Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship

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Dr. Dorothy Hunse

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care

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Rev. Kirby Spivey III

Senior Pastor, New Beginnings Ministries

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Rev. Dan Pyke

Director of Youth and Family Ministries, Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada

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Dr. Allison Trites

Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Emeritus

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Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies shall have a bachelors degree or equivalent, and shall submit an application for admission to the Registrar of Acadia Divinity College.