Diploma Programs

Admission Requirements

  • Academic Application with Letter of Intent and three Letters of Recommendation.
  • Bachelor’s degree or an appropriate educational background.
  • Official Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.

The Diploma programs may be done on a part-time or full-time basis.

Academic admission applications for the Diploma in Theological Studies and the Diploma in Lay Ministry are available from the Institute of Theology department (ioft@sastoronto.org). For more information on admissions please see the St. Augustine's Admissions Page.

Policies and Procedures:

Please see the St. Augustine's Policies & Procedures Page.

Diploma in Theological Studies:

The Diploma in Theological Studies may be completed fully online.

To provide a program in theology in order that the student, who does not wish to pursue a degree, may investigate at greater depth and in a structured learning situation, the Catholic tradition of faith.

Goal: To assist theology students in their faith development through input and interaction in a structured learning situation.



The requirements for the Diploma of Theological Studies are:

Core Courses (7)

  • Introduction to Old Testament
  • Introduction to New Testament
  • Five other courses chosen from available Systematic and Moral Theology offerings.

Free Electives (3) May be taken in any area.


Diploma in Lay Ministry

The Diploma in Lay Ministry may be completed online with the exception of the capstone course noted below.

To offer to those already serving or hoping to serve as Lay Ministers the chance to enhance their ministry through theological education. This is not a certification program but rather a coordinated combination of introductory courses.

Goal: To provide a theological foundation allowing the student to focus on areas related to his or her personal ministerial goals.



The requirements for the Diploma in Lay Ministry are:

Core Courses (7)

  • Foundations in Theology
  • Introduction to Old Testament
  • Introduction to New Testament
  • General Survey Course in Church History
  • Introduction to Moral Theology
  • Sacramental Theology Course
  • Lay Ministry in the Diocesan Church (capstone course may not be completed online)

Elective Courses (3)

Emphasis in a particular area will be decided by each student in consultation with the Director of the Institute of Theology, in view of his or her ministerial goals.


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