Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies

The Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies is a 33-credit programme which offers working professionals an opportunity to explore biblical, theological, historical and interpretative foundations of the Christian faith. In addition, it seeks to integrate Christian faith with matters of inner life and spirituality, missions and vocation. The majority of credits earned in this programme are transferable to the Master’s degree programmes.

The programme is conducted on a part-time basis in the evening over a 3-year cycle, or in the daytime as a 1-year, full-time course. Learning onsite within the SBC community is most effective and fruitful. However, it is now possible to choose to complete the GDCS curriculum entirely online, wherever you are, part/full-time. Those who opt to do this may also apply to the Immersion Experience where they can stay and study at SBC for 1–2 weeks at the start of every semester and get to know their classmates and faculty in person.

Please note that all international students studying onsite are required to?be studying on a full time basis.

Prerequisites for Programme Admission

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Bible College

English Language Minimum Requirements

  • ‘A’ Level: B4
  • TOEFL: 550 (PBT)/213 (CBT)/80 (IBT)
  • IELTS:? 6.0

General Requirements

  • At least 24 years old
  • Christian for at least 2 years
  • Evidence of involvement in ministry
  • Evidence of call to ministry and service
  • Endorsement by church leadership

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 33 credit hours
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Church Involvement and Ministry (CIM)


Year 1

First Semester Credit Hours
Old Testament Survey 3
New Testament Studies 3
Survey of Church History 3
Introduction to
Christian Spirituality
Hermeneutics 3
Systematic Theology II 3
Second Semester Credit Hours
Old Testament Studies 3
New Testament Survey 3
Missiological Perspectives 3
Systematic Theology I 3
Theology of Work and Vocation 3

Note: Course offerings are subject to change. There will be a tracking of Church Involvement and Ministry (CIM) as part of the programme requirements.


Blended Learning at SBC

At SBC, we seek to build up our community through blended learning: designing synchronous and asynchronous learning activities using both physical and online platforms. Students may expect to be enriched with a variety of face-to-face and online learning experiences during their studies at SBC.