Second Year Programme

Two Year Diploma Programme

Course level:  Diploma (Associate degree equivalent)

Objectives of this level: This programme builds on the Certificate Programme and prepares students for a variety of church ministries, by offering a solid foundation of Bible, Theology, and more advanced Leadership courses. This level, like the previous one, pays attention to the growth of students in all three dimensions of spiritual, cognitive (academic) and hands-on ministry.

Manner of Study: same as previous year.

Recommended duration for this course level:  3 to 5 years in the case of part-time studying. The faculty advises the students of this programme to complete their courses during a maximum of 5 years by taking at least two courses in each semester.

Number of credits:  60 credits (beyond the first year), reaching a combined total of 120 ECTS.

Credit distribution:

Students must take at least 31 ECTS in core courses, 10 to 17 ECTS in non-video courses and 12 to 19 ECTS in elective courses.

The total number of credits of the first two years of the programme combined will be as follows:

Foundational courses: 28 ECTS
Core courses: 36 ECTS
Elective courses: 23 - 36 ECTS
Non-video courses: 20 - 33 ECTS.

Students can choose any elective course offered by the school as their elective credits, provided they have already taken the prerequisite courses for that course. Prerequisite courses for each course are specified in the student handbook and also in the course catalogue of Pars School of Theology.

Students who plan to continue their studies with Pars beyond the first two levels can take more credits of either core courses or electives. In this case, if their credits in these two categories exceed the set ceiling, the additional credits will be considered as counting towards the following level of study.

Students who, for acceptable reasons, are unable to pass the minimum number of non-video credits, can discuss their problem with the school management and ask for guidance if they intend to complete their studies. At the discretion of the faculty, students who continue their studies with Pars for the Bachelor-level programme (first cycle, EQF 6) may be allowed to compensate for the deficit of their non-video credits in the ensuing years.

  • The Torah (4 ECTS)
  • The Corinthian Letters (5 ECTS)
  • Christian Worldview: An Introduction (5 ECTS)
  • The Ministry and Teachings of Jesus: A Historical and Theological Exploration (5 ECTS)
  • The Person and Work of Christ (4 ECTS)
  • History of the Church of Iran (4 ECTS
  • The Church (4 ECTS)

Electives - Christian World & Life View

  • Apologetics in an Islamic Context (4 ECTS)
  • The Persecuted Church (3 ECTS)
  • Christian Marriage and Family (4 ECTS)
  • Christian Ethics (4 ECTS)
  • Science and the Christian Faith (4 ECTS)
  • An Introduction to Islam (5 ECTS)
  • Political Theology (4 ECTS) 

Electives- Historical Studies

  • Church History I (4 ECTS)
  • Church History II (3 ECTS)
  • History of Iran (4 ECTS)

Electives- Bible & Biblical Theology

  • Old Testament Narrative Books* (3 ECTS)
  • Old Testament Prophets* (4 ECTS)
  • Theology of the Old Testament* (4 ECTS)
  • Romans and Pauline Theology* (4 ECTS)

 Electives- Doctrine

  •  Man, Sin, and Salvation* (4 ECTS)

 Electives- Ministry and Leadership

  • Christian Counselling (4 ECTS)
  • Servant Leadership I (4 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Missions (4 ECTS)
  • Principles of Discipleship and Disciple Making* (4 ECTS)
  • Crisis and Trauma Counselling (4 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Mentoring and Coaching (3 ECTS)
  • Principles of Teaching (4 ECTS)
  • Servant Leadership II (4 ECTS)
  • Servant Leadership III* (4 ECTS)
  • Pastoral Ministries (4 ECTS)
  • Principles of Preaching* (4 ECTS)
  • Counselling for Addiction and Abuse (4 ECTS)
  • Inner Healing and the Ministry of Deliverance (4 ECTS)
  • Evangelism (4 ECTS)
  • Youth Ministry (4 ECTS)
  • Worship* (4 ECTS)

* courses followed by an asterisk are still under production

  • Formation Conference (3 ECTS) (including the previous level, students will attend a cumulative total of 4 to 6 conferences)
  • Mentored Growth & Development (1 ECTS) (including the previous level, students will engage in a cumulative total of 2 or 3 segments of mentoring) Ministerial Practice and Reflection (3ECTS)
  • Formation Conferences (3 ECTS) (including the previous level, students will engage in a cumulative total of 2 to 4 segments of practicum)