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Diploma Programs

With the exception of the Diploma of Christian Studies, each Ashland diploma consists of 5 to 7 Masters level classes focused on one area of vocational relevance. Individuals who desire a recognized pathway to expertise in a field of concentration can complete the diploma in two years of part-time study. Diplomas are ideal for staff or lay leaders who may not want a Masters degree but wish to pursue a higher level of education, persons wanting to complete a course of study while considering a Masters degree program, or a professional who has already obtained a Masters degree but wants to be retooled in a new arena of study. While completing a diploma does not guarantee acceptance into a Masters program, all credits earned can transfer into a future Ashland Masters degree. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required for admission into all diploma programs.

Available Diplomas

Diploma in Biblical Languages

The Diploma in Biblical Languages is designed for people who want to be equipped to read and study Scripture in the original Greek and Hebrew, and to have a sufficiently solid basis in these languages to evaluate the English translations used in worship and study. It is ideal for pastors and teachers who either did not receive this training, or who could benefit from a review of former learning to enrich their preaching, teaching and personal study.

Courses cover the essential features of grammar and vocabulary with practice exercises taken directly from the Bible. The final course in each language focuses on lengthier readings from Scripture and the integration of original language study into the interpretation of a Biblical text.

Courses Include

Biblical Hebrew 1 Biblical Hebrew 2 Biblical Greek 1 Biblical Greek 2 Biblical Hebrew 3 or equivalent
Biblical Greek 3 or equivalent

Diploma in Biblical Studies

The Diploma in Biblical Studies gives Christian leaders the opportunity to build a strong foundation in the meaning of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments in their original, historical settings, and to develop the skills that will help them interpret and apply the Scriptures more faithfully and perceptively in their own settings.

This program will be especially useful for lay persons who are engaged in preaching, teaching, or leading adult Bible studies, as well as for clergy who have not had Masters level training in the Bible.


Diploma of Christian Studies

The Diploma of Christian Studies lays an excellent foundation in Bible, History and Theology upon which a student can grow in personal faith and enhance skills for teaching in the church.

Available completely online, this program is available to everyone who meets our admissions requirements regardless of where you live in the world.

Finally, these eleven courses are our institutional core, meaning that all of them form a portion of our Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Religion), Master of Arts in Practical Theology or Master of Arts (Biblical, Theological, Historical Studies) program. In completing the Diploma, you have earned 44 graduate credits toward a masters degree.


Diploma in Leadership Coaching

Associate Level

This Diploma is designed to meet requirements for certification with the International Coaching Federation at the Associate Level. A student must complete three masters’ level classes including Coaching Fundamentals and two elective classes from the list below. All coaching classes consist of two days of face-to-face workshop and 10-13 web-based education units. Coaching Fundamentals also includes 6-9 month of field work comprising practical coaching experience, 10 sessions with a coach mentor, and a formal assessment of skill mastery.

Professional Level

This Diploma is designed to meet requirements for certification with the International Coaching Federation at the Professional level. A student must complete the requirements for the Associate Level Diploma plus the remaining three elective classes from the list above for a total of six masters level classes. This equips the student to coach in multiple contexts for multiple outcomes affording the finest training possible in the Christian Leadership Coaching world.


Diploma in New Testament

The Diploma in New Testament provides in-depth study of the New Testament writings in their original, historical setting, and gives more extensive introduction to and practice in the skills of careful observation, interpretation and application than the Diploma in Biblical Studies. After successfully completing the introductory courses surveying major portions of the New Testament writings and relevant interpretive skills, students will have the opportunity to take specialized courses on particular New Testament books or on facets of the New Testament (for example, archaeology or intertestamentals).


Diploma in Old Testament

The Diploma in Old Testament provides in-depth study of the Old Testament writings in their original, historical setting, and gives more extensive introduction to and practice in the skills of careful observation, interpretation and application than the Diploma in Biblical Studies. After successfully completing the introductory courses surveying major portions of the Old Testament writings and relevant interpretive skills, students will have the opportunity to take specialized courses on particular Old Testament books or on facets of the Old Testament (for example, archaeology or intertestamental period).

Courses Include


Diploma in Spiritual Formation

Students may earn a Diploma in Spiritual Formation by taking five courses in the discipline of Spiritual Formation offered through Ashland’s regular course rotation at any one of our teaching sites in Ashland, Cleveland, Columbus or Detroit. This option affords maximum flexibility for students who wish to develop their own awareness and skills in Spiritual Formation. Ashland also offers a Diploma option in partnership with Renovaré Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation.

Interested?

Diplomas are ideal for staff or lay leaders who may not want a Masters degree but wish to pursue a high level of education, persons wanting to complete a course of study while considering a Masters degree program, or a professional who has already obtained a Masters degree but wants retooled in a new arena of study.


Who to Contact

Renee Johnson rjohns13@ashland.edu 419-289-5704
Matt Lewis, DMin mlewis@ashland.edu 419-289-5485