Newman Theological College
Certificate of Theology Program (C.Th.)

The Certificate of Theology (C.Th.) is a 30 credit undergraduate program in theology. It is intended to give students a basic understanding of theology for personal interest, as a component in preparation for ministry, or in preparation for further study. Note that the Certificate of Theology is not intended to qualify a student for ministry on its own. The C.Th. program can be taken via a combination of on campus and online courses. The program can be taken fully online on a part-time basis over 2 years.

There are two routes for this program, namely a diaconate route and a lay route. The requirements for candidates of the diaconate include additional formational and ordination requirements.

Diaconate Route

Candidates for the diaconate route of the C.Th. program must be sponsored by their diocese. This route forms one part of the participating diocesan diaconate formation program and is not meant to be comprehensive. The usual ordination requirements apply.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Certificate of Theology must have an Alberta High School Diploma (with English 30) or its equivalent. Applicants, 30 years of age or older, who do not have a high school diploma may also be admitted upon successful completion of English 30 or an acceptable equivalent.  At present we are not able to offer Distance Education courses to residents of the U.S.A., but we welcome inquiries from anyone so interested.

This program is not Designated and ineligible to receive foreign nationals on a study permit.

Procedure for Admission

  • Submit a completed Application Form and $45.00 non-refundable application fee (International Student Application Fee $250.00).

  • Arrange for official high school transcripts and transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended to be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office from the issuing educational authority.

  • Letters of reference from two persons qualified to judge the applicant’s character and intellectual ability.

  • Applicants for the diaconate route also require a letter of permission from their bishop or his designate.

When all required documentation is received the applicant’s file will be reviewed by the Admissions & Evaluations Committee.

Certificate Requirements

The C.Th. is awarded upon completion of 30 credits including:

  • 24 core credits
  • 6 elective credits

Full-time, part-time and distance lay students are encouraged to participate in THEO 020 Lay Formation or Theo 020i Distance Lay Formation for one or two semesters. This is strongly recommended for students who foresee continuing with the Dip.Th. or B.Th. programs.

Certificate Outline - Lay Route

Core Courses

* Courses must be taken in the First Year of Studies

** Students who take SCR 151 or SCR 152 cannot take SCR 154 Synoptic Gospels for credit. 

Foundational Theology

(3 Credits)

One of:

FND 100 Early Church History

OR

FND 101 Medieval Church History

Sacred Scriptures

(6 Credits)

SCR 100 Introduction to Sacred Scripture and their Interpretation*
SCR 154 Synoptic Gospels

Systematic Theology

(9 Credits)

SYT 100 Introduction to Theology*
SYT 110 Liturgical Theology
SYT 114 Introduction to the Sacraments and Christian Initiation

Moral, Pastoral, and Spiritual Theology

(6 Credits)

MPS 120 Introduction to Moral Theology
MPS 170 Introduction to Spiritual Theology

Electives

(6 Credits)

see Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Please consult your Faculty Advisor as to which elective courses would be most appropriate.

THEO 020 Lay Formation Non-Credit - Optional

A process of spiritual, human and pastoral formation for all lay students. This process facilitates growth in human maturity, spiritual development, health and wellness, personal integrity and professional development. It recognizes the interrelatedness in life of theological education, human maturing, and the universal call to holiness. It will draw from Scripture, the rich spiritual traditions of the Church and from the social sciences.

Certificate Outline - Diaconate Route

Core Courses

* Courses must be taken in the First Year of Studies

** Students who take SCR 151 or SCR 152 cannot take SCR 154 Synoptic Gospels for credit. 

Sacred Scriptures

(6 Credits)

SCR 100 Introduction to Sacred Scripture and their Interpretation*
SCR 154 Synoptic Gospels

Systematic Theology

(15 Credits)

SYT 108 The Theology of Revelation
SYT 114 Introduction to the Sacraments and Christian Initiation
SYT 184 Christology
SYT 185 Theology of God
SYT 188 Ecclesiology

Moral, Pastoral, and Spiritual Theology

(3 Credits)

MPS 120 Introduction to Moral Theology

Electives

(6 Credits)

see Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Please consult your Faculty Advisor as to which elective courses would be most appropriate.

THEO 020 Lay Formation Non-Credit - Optional

A process of spiritual, human and pastoral formation for all lay students. This process facilitates growth in human maturity, spiritual development, health and wellness, personal integrity and professional development. It recognizes the interrelatedness in life of theological education, human maturing, and the universal call to holiness. It will draw from Scripture, the rich spiritual traditions of the Church and from the social sciences.

Transfer Credits

Students who enter the program having completed courses from the Certificate in Catholic Studies (CCS) program at Newman Theological College will be granted advanced standing of 3 elective credits for each 6 unique C.C.S. courses towards their undergraduate studies at Newman Theological College, to a maximum of 6 elective credits towards the C.Th. program. Students may transfer in a maximum of 6 credits towards the C.Th. program from other recognized colleges and universities. The transfer of credit is subject to the approval of the NTC Admissions and Evaluations Committee.

Most undergraduate courses are offered in conjunction with graduate courses, with an appropriate distinction in workload and expectations. In addition to the courses listed above, students who have been admitted to the C.Th. program may take certain courses for credit from the graduate course listing with the approval of their Faculty Advisor and the Academic Dean.

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