Graduate Diplomas

Graduate diploma programs at Phillips Theological Seminary offer the opportunity to take classes in a specific area of concentration for master's credit. Students in graduate diploma programs choose this option to accomplish a variety of personal or professional goals. Some programs can be completed completely online. All diploma programs are 15 semester hours. Graduate diplomas are offered in the following areas:

  • Biblical Languages
  • Biblical Studies
  • General Theological Studies
  • Social Justice Studies

Admission Requirements

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  • Application fee is $25
  • Bachelor’s degree with 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Cost is $140 per hour

Biblical Languages

The graduate diploma in Biblical Languages covers both Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek in depth and allows students to gain facility in reading and interpreting the Hebrew Bible and Christian New Testament in their original languages. The program is available to current Master’s students (in the form of a concentration in the Master of Divinity program), as well as to clergy and laypeople interested in in-depth study of the languages of the Bible. The courses for the graduate diploma in Biblical Languages are only available on the Tulsa campus (not online) and by video conference.


Curriculum:

Biblical Hebrew (7.5 semester hours)

  • HB 825 Biblical Hebrew I (3 semester hours)
  • HB 835 Biblical Hebrew II (3 semester hours)
  • HB 850 Hebrew Readings (1.5 semester hours)

New Testament Greek (7.5 semester hours)

  • NT 825 New Testament Greek I (3 semester hours)
  • NT 835 New Testament Greek II (3 semester hours)
  • NT 850 Greek Readings (1.5 semester hours)

Biblical Studies

The graduate diploma (for which participants earn master’s level credit) programs in Biblical Studies offers lay people and other individuals access to advanced biblical study in a progressive context. The graduate diploma can be completed by taking courses online or on campus.


Curriculum:

The semester-hours required for this certificate include:

Phase I: Invitation to Community…………………………………………. 6 semester-hours

  • HB 500 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
  • NT 500 Introduction to the New Testament

Phase II: Vital Conversations ………………………………………………. 12 semester-hours

In Phase II students continue to utilize the strategies learned in Phase I to develop further skills and deepen knowledge in biblical studies, to be distributed as follows:

  • Hebrew Bible (6 hours)
  • New Testament (6 hours)

General Theological Studies

The graduate diploma (for which participants earn master’s level credit) program in General Theological Studies offers lay people and other individuals access to theological education in a progressive context without completing a full master’s degree. The graduate diploma in graduate theological studies can be completed by taking courses online or on campus.


Curriculum:

15 hours of course work will be selected in consultation with an adviser, taking into consideration course prerequisites and the student’s interests.  Anyone with a specific area of interest should consult the the office of Admissions to discover the availability of courses in the area of interest before applying.

Social Justice Studies

The graduate diploma in Social Justice Studies offers persons who hold a baccalaureate degree to pursue Master’s level studies in the intersections of social justice and theological studies.  Portal courses, in some instances, might be needed as a prerequisite for course work.


Curriculum:

15-16 hours of course work will be selected in consultation with an adviser, taking into consideration course prerequisites and the student’s interests.  Courses for this diploma might include studies in ethics, biblical studies, history and theology, conflict and violence, gender and sexuality, feminist/womanist issues, liberation and post-colonial studies, black theology, and the Civil Rights movement.  The faculty adviser will assist the student in selecting those courses that best fit the student’s interest.   Anyone with a specific area of interest should consult the office of Admissions to discover the availability of courses in the area of interest before applying.

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