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

C.Th. Program Outline

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.

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.