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

Graduate 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

Graduate 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.


Graduate 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.


Graduate Diploma in Leadership Coaching

This Diploma is designed to prepare students to effectively coach leaders and teams in a variety of contexts. Special attention will be given to the interface of coaching and spiritual guidance enabling the student to deliver a high quality coaching experience from a Christian worldview. Classes include face-to-face coach specific training, 30 weeks of field work comprised of practical coaching experience, 10 sessions with a coach mentor, and a formal assessment of skill mastery. Course work is designed to populate a portfolio for submission to the International Coaching Federation.

Courses Include

Coaching Fundamentals Coaching Leaders and Teams for
Congregational Health
Mentored Coaching and two of the following
Care of the Soul and Formational Prayer Spiritual Guidance Person in Ministry Pastors of Excellence I Pastors of Excellence II

Graduate 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).


Graduate 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


Graduate 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